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Our Organisation

We are dedicated to reducing the social and other barriers to living with chronic pain. We are a group of people who are tired of the way things are for people in pain. You may be feeling quite isolated and 'over it' and feel that no one really understands your experience. You might even feel that people don't believe you. Many people tell us about these experiences. Don't despair, you aren't crazy! And you aren't on your own either. Over the years many volunteers have strengthened us so that we can work towards greater community understanding about chronic pain.

Chronic Pain Australia receives NO FUNDING from government. This means that we are all volunteers, and together we have achieved a great deal including partnering with the Australian Pain Society and the Faculty of Pain Medicine to develop Australia's First National Pain Strategy. For more on our story, you can go here.

Our Mission

To reduce the unnecessary suffering and isolation caused by chronic pain in the Australian community..

Our Vision

No Australian living with persistent pain should suffer alone or without access to resources and information which help them effectively manage their pain in a manner promoting dignity and self respect, regardless of age, gender, culture, belief, socio-economic or compensation status.

Our Core Objectives

Chronic Pain Australia’s key aims are to:

  • Improve knowledge and understanding about chronic pain across Australia
  • Promote better understanding amongst health professionals about what it is like to live with chronic pain; and
  • Work towards supported self-management of pain.

These core aims are implemented through:

  1. Continuous engagement opportunities for people in pain to be heard through public forums
  2. Monthly e-bulletin publication with a growing subscription base
  3. Development of educational resources through partnerships with corporate sponsors
  4. Creating awareness that chronic pain is:
    • A condition in its own right
    • Not a psychological condition
    • Real
    • Costly both personally and collectively
  5. Providing systemic advocacy through a national campaign conveying consistent messages crafted to educate the community and destigmatise the experience of living with pain.

Coralie Wales set up the "Chronic Pain Power Group" (CPPG) in 2001 in response to a growing understanding that there were no community organisations at that time whose mission was to provide connection and support for people living with pain. She organised support meetings for people in pain and regularly supported people at risk of suicide through phone contact.

The Chronic Pain Association of Australia incorporated on 1st October 2006, set up as a Health Promotion Charity, became endorsed to access GST concession, Income Tax exemption, FBT exemption and were also endorsed as a Deductible Gift Recipient from 10th October 2006. We have registered "Chronic Pain Australia" as an easier ‘brand' to promote within the community. We have a license to fund raise through the NSW Office of Liquor, Gaming and Racing. abn: 20 870 423 944