Online Toolkit for Chronic Pain Sufferers Being Launched

By Petrina Smith
Wednesday, 08 October, 2014


An online toolkit for people with chronic pain and spinal cord injury will be launched on 13 October at Connections 2014’ hosted by the Spinal Cord Injury Network.
With funding from the Lifetime Care and Support Authority of NSW, the ACI Pain Management Network created the online toolkit to help improve the quality of life for the 60 per cent of people living with spinal cord injury who experience chronic pain.
Chronic pain affects around 3.2 million Australians and costs more than $34 billion to the Australian economy.
The online toolkit will be an easily accessible collection of resources, which include:


  • Videos about successful strategies used by people with spinal cord injury to manage chronic pain

  • A ‘Navigator’ decision support tool to guide healthcare professionals through the complexity of chronic pain in spinal cord injury to support the development of a pain management plan

  • Complementary resources for consumers, patients and healthcare professionals to work in partnership and produce pain management plans.


Associate Professor James Middleton, Director and Chair of the ACI State Spinal Cord Injury Service, led the toolkit’s development with a number of experts in the field. He stressed the importance of self-management in people with chronic pain and spinal cord injury.
“We know the best evidence for the most effective pain management is to arm the person with spinal cord injury and pain with a range of skills and self-management strategies to build into daily life and routines,” said Associate Professor Middleton.
‘The Spinal Cord Injury Pain Book’ written by Professor Phil Siddall, Rebecca McCabe, Dr Robin Murray, Associate Professor Kathryn Nicholson Perry, and Lyndall Katte, will also be launched.
The Spinal Cord Injury Network is an alliance of leading scientists, healthcare professionals, community members and key stakeholders who are working together to improve treatments and find a cure for spinal cord injury in Australia.
To access the chronic pain toolkit visit www.aci.health.nsw.gov.au/chronic-pain
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