We are dedicated to reducing the social and other barriers related to living with chronic pain. We are a non-profit, non-government, registered systemic health promotion organisation that was founded in 2001 as a result of seeing first hand and growing tired of the way things are for people living with pain.
When living with chronic pain, you may be feeling quite isolated, 'over it' and feel that no one really understands your experience. You might even feel that people don't believe you. or that you've constantly having to prove or justify yourself and the pain you're experiencing. Don't despair, you are not losing your mind! And you aren't on your own either.
Over the years, as we have developed from a small informal group to a fully-fledged organisation, our stance and passion haven't changed. We are committed to ensuring the voices of people living with chronic pain are championed and listened to. Our committed volunteers and engaging community members continue to strengthen us so that we can work towards greater community understanding, acceptance, treatment and services for people living with chronic pain.
Chronic Pain Australia receives no government funding. This means that we are essentially made up of all volunteers and seek funding where possible and appropriate. Over the years, 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 back in 2010. For more on our story, you can go here.
To reduce the unnecessary suffering and isolation caused by chronic pain in the Australian community.
We believe 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 among 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:
- Continuous engagement opportunities for people in pain to be heard through public forums
- Monthly e-bulletin publication with a growing subscription base
- Development of educational resources through partnerships with corporate sponsors
- Creating awareness that chronic pain is:
- A condition in its own right
- Not a psychological condition
- Valid and is very real.
- Costly both personally and collectively
- 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.
For more information on how to support us as an organisation and ABN details, click here