Your View: Chronic pain

CHRONIC pain that doesn’t go away after the injury or illness has resolved and lasts at least three months is a significant health issue in Australia.

About one in five people of all ages live with this invisible illness.

Figures are even more alarming for our older population, with one in three people over 65 living with chronic pain.

A recent survey by Chronic Pain Australia, the national voice of people living with chronic pain, highlighted people in pain feel unsupported and unheard by the government and health professionals, and face negative attitudes and stigma on all fronts. We want to help change this.

National Pain Week was July 23-29.

The annual initiative of Chronic Pain Australia aims to destigmatise the experiences of people living with chronic pain and provide an outlet to share their stories and experiences with the wider community. This year’s theme Nothing about us without us focused on ensuring people living with chronic pain could have a voice and be heard in any public discussions or health policy development impacting their lives.

I encourage people living with chronic pain to share their own experiences and ideas on the Chronic Pain Forum chronicpainaustralia.org.au/forum.

Dr Coralie Wales, president Chronic Pain Australia

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