Improving access to pain services

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Australians suffering with chronic pain can now access a new database to find services, which was launched by the Federal Health Minister, Greg Hunt.

Featuring both private and public services, the Painaustralia National Pain Services Directory aims to make it easier for people to access more than 200 pain treatment services that are appropriate to their needs.

Painaustralia CEO Carol Bennett said that many Australians with chronic pain do not receive best practice treatment.

“Many rely solely on opioids and other medicines that bear their own cost. This Directory provides a much needed, easy to navigate way for those in pain to find pain specialists and clinics across Australia, greatly increasing awareness and access to better treatment options as supported by the National Strategic Action Plan for Pain Management.”

She said pain was closely related to other health conditions, mental health and disability.

“Nearly 1.45 million people in pain also live with depression and anxiety. Limited awareness of good options to deal with chronic pain means many of these Australians are falling through the cracks of the country’s health system. This directory will offer critical information for those in pain.”

The Directory was developed with support from the Federal Government.

Federal Health Minister Greg Hunt said about 3.2 million Australians live with chronic pain.

“It is an escalating health issue and carries a significant economic burden, both for affected individuals and the national health system,” he said.

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