How it all happened
Back in 2008 we were asked by Professor Michael Cousins to partner with the Australian Faculty of Pain Medicine and the Australian Pain Society to work on a strategy that could become a foundation for Australia's first National Pain Strategy. Work commenced and an initial group of stakeholders met towards the end of 2009 in Melbourne. Around 70 people met at ANZCA’s Melbourne headquarters on September 17 2009 to work on a national coordinated approach to managing chronic pain.
The meeting was an important step in the lead up to developing a national pain strategy prior to holding a National Pain Summit in Canberra in March 2010. The National Pain Summit was led by ANZCA and the Faculty of Pain Medicine, Australian Pain Society, Chronic Pain Australia, in collaboration with inaugural supporters’ MBF Foundation and the Pain Management Research Institute. It was held in Canberra at Federal Parliament House to work on the detail and to ensure broad commitment to the strategy.
Pictured above are delegates to the National Pain Summit including Chronic Pain Australia Board member Helen Gracie (speaking) and behind her Chronic Pain Australia VP Dr Mandy Nielsen.
We invited Mr David Falconer of the Pain Association of Scotland to join us for the National Pain Summit in Canberra in March 2010. He addressed the group about the self-management program which has been running in Scotland for 21 years. They are the preferred provider of pain self-management programs across Scotland.
Chronic Pain Australia was a key stakeholder and we had representatives from every state in Australia working in small groups on particular aspects of the strategy. Coralie Wales particpated in a panel discussion which was chaired by Dr Norman Swan who had helped the three partners to the strategy throughout the 18 months or so of development work prior to the Summit.
Ms Nicola Roxon, Federal Minister for Health, opened the Summit. Speakers included Mr Keiran Perkins and Ms Helen Owens. Both had rich and informative stories to tell about their own experiences about the impact of chronic pain.
Pictured on the left is Chronic Pain Australia representative of the International Advisory Panel, Ms Renee Goossens.
It was a great moment in the story of Australians in pain.
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