I’ve just been reading the 2013 Painaustralia Annual Report and I am particularly impressed by the list of achievements for Western Australia.
This list below represents a huge amount of work by a lot of people over several years. Many of those people are doctors and specialists who are working hard to improve the services offered to people who experience persistent pain.
If someone in your family suffers from an ongoing pain condition I recommend you take a few minutes to read this list of initiatives. It might help to see that these issues are thought about and services are getting better all the time.
- Western Australia:
- WA Health funded a $600,000 dedicated pain service for children and adolescents at Perth’s Princess Margaret Hospital
- PainHEALTH – a valuable website resource for consumers and health professionals on musculoskeletal pain funded by WA Health was launched and has now had more than 1.5 million hits, and almost 70,000 visitors from more than 82 countries
- WA Health Networks have been expanded to incorporate a pain management group linking with state-wide pain services
- Fremantle Hospital Pain Medicine Unit has supported the development of primary care pain services in several Medicare Locals
- WA Health and Arthritis and Osteoporosis WA have funded the provision of interprofessional pain management education in metropolitan and remote areas
- Curtin University is providing interprofessional pain education and Rural Roadshows taking pain management education into regional areas of the state
- WA Health funded a project to improve pain management skills among indigenous health workers
- Notre Dame University, Fremantle announced plans to establish a Chair of Pain Medicine, with a major donation from Perth philanthropists Geoff and Moira Churack.
Source Painaustralia Annual Report 2013