Chronic pain


National strategic action plan for pain management

This strategy aims to provide a key step towards a national and holistic policy framework that will support consumers, health practitioners and the wider community to improve the quality of life for people living with pain, their families and carers.

The cost of pain in Australia

This report assesses the burden of chronic pain in Australia, including its impact on the health system, productivity, carer costs and wellbeing.

A scoping study on data sources to assess the impact of chronic respiratory and musculoskeletal conditions on workplace productivity

Respiratory and musculoskeletal conditions are two groups of chronic conditions associated with substantial productivity loss and activity impairment. This scoping study assesses the available data sources for monitoring the relationship between these chronic conditions and workforce productivity.
Briefing paper

Power through knowledge: patient education and self-management keys to successfully managing chronic pain

Empowering people to self-manage their pain on a daily basis is key to managing chronic pain, reducing pain-related disability and facilitating return-to-work.
Journal article

Feeling stiffness in the back: a protective perceptual inference in chronic back pain

Do you have a problem with chronic back pain? This research interrogates the long-held question of what informs our subjective experiences of bodily state.
Journal article

Engaging young people with a chronic illness

The aim of this article is to address the preferences of young people with a chronic illness in dealing with doctors. It also covers ways in which GPs might frame chronic illness management to young patients and their families to optimise care.
Journal article

The inherited chronic pain patient

Background The ‘inherited’ patient, where a patient switches to a new doctor, is a common and potentially challenging scenario, especially where drugs of dependence are involved. There are few resources to guide general practitioners (GPs) with an approach that ensures compassion and rational clinical decision-making...

Impacts of chronic back problems

Provides the latest detailed information on the impacts (in terms of quality of life and disability) of chronic back problems in Australia. Summary Chronic back problems are common conditions in Australia (16% of the total population) and cause of disability (28% of the total population...
Fact sheet

Back problems: musculoskeletal fact sheet

Back problems are a range of conditions related to the bones, joints, connective tissue, muscles and nerves of the back. These conditions can affect the neck (cervical spine),upper back (thoracic spine) and lower back (lumbar spine) as well as the sacrum and tailbone (coccyx). Back...