Re-think.
Re-engage.
Recover!

Revolutionising pain care and education through understanding, empowerment and long-term capacity building.

What we are
doing

Our initiatives

Pain Revolution is a grassroots movement charged with changing how people understand pain. Our initiatives are centred around providing the latest information in pain science and care, so people can make better informed decisions.

- Our vision

All Australians have the knowledge, skills and support to prevent and overcome persistent pain

Pain Revolution is a people powered movement, striving to change how we care for people in pain.

We believe that this will be most successful if we do it together! Pain Revolution is a vision driven collaboration of researchers, clinicians, people with lived experience and peak bodies.

We aim to inspire and enable each other and communities to make sustainable, positive change. As a collective, we strive for excellence and promote transparency, honesty and accountability in everything we do.

Pain Revolution respects diversity of stories and all the parties who comprise the pain care system.

- Our Target Concepts

The key to understanding pain

Give someone a fish and they will eat well tonight. Teach them to fish and they will eat well forever. Let’s empower people with knowledge that can transform their pain care journey.

Learning about pain is not easy, but it can be fun. It is usually surprising. There is much to learn, but the most important concepts are covered here.

Warning: You will need some curiosity and an open mind, courage, patience and persistence. A good coach can also be precious. Be hopeful because we can ALL learn something new about pain.

Health care guidelines all around the world agree that good pain education is key. Pain Revolution recognises this fact and puts modern education strategies at the heart of all we do. These Target Concepts are ‘a work in progress’, which means that scientists are busy working together with education experts, pain experts, and people with lived experience to communicate this important information in the most useful way.

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Pain is always real

Pain can be complicated.

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Learn more about your pain

If your situation is making you feel helpless or hopeless, it might be time to take a new approach to overcoming your pain.

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Pain doesn’t equal tissue damage

All pain is real, no matter what’s causing it. What surprises most people is that you can have pain when there is no tissue damage. That is, when there’s no damage to muscles, tendons, nerves or any of the linings within the body.

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Pain equals protection

The relationship between pain and tissue damage can be very surprising. This is because pain isn’t there to give you a running commentary on the state of your body tissues. It’s there to protect them from anything dangerous. Pain gets your attention and urges you to act to avoid that danger.

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Pain depends on context

Pain is influenced by biological, social and psychological factors.

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Pain and your Protectometer

Our brains have survival as their number one priority. We are evolutionarily ‘primed’ to be aware of danger and pain is one response to protect us from it.

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Your overprotective pain system

The purpose of pain is protection. However, sometimes it becomes over-zealous. This is because – like all biological systems in the body – the pain system learns. So when you’ve lived with pain for a long time, your system will have become more effective and more protective of that body area.

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Retrain your pain system

Just as the pain system learned to be overprotective, it can be retrained to work normally thanks to bioplasticity.

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Being proactive about your pain

There’s overwhelming evidence that the best treatments to prevent and overcome persistent pain involve planning ahead, taking control and having a long-term approach.

Our impact

Reaching communities and building capacity in Rural and Regional Australia

Our comrades are working hard to meet our vision and a lot has happened since the revolution began in 2017. Here is a little tally from our activities:

EDUCATORS

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Rural/regional clinicians trained, mentored and supported by Pain Revolution.

KILOMETRES

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Of Australian countryside crossed in all our four annual Rural Outreach Tours

PARTICIPANTS

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People who have attended one or more of our free pain education outreach sessions across the country.

DONATIONS

$0

Has been raised this year to provide free pain education in rural/regional communities

- Latest news

Stay in touch with the revolution

We want to share what is happening in our space, what our amazing comrades are up to and the latest information in pain education and care.

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May 25th 2021Pain Revolution Goes Global

Do you want to be part of the biggest Pain Revolution on the planet? About this event Well now is your chance... Pain Revolution is going global and now is your chance to be part of it.

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Apr 22nd 2021Dan Searle - a national legend in more ways than one!

Pain revolutionary Daniel Searle - one of the first cohorts of LPEs and dead-set legend physio from Albury, recently competed in the national cycling championships in Ballarat. Here is his account of his two silver medals note - 2 silver medals at the national championships!

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Mar 25th 2021Rev'd Up - Issue 1

Pain Revolution is creating a new Quarterly newsletter for our Revolutionaries as a part of our Comrade News! This includes an update on our activities, a patient story, an update on the latest research and other news. This is our new Newsletter for the first Quarter of 2021.

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Mar 24th 2021Posters From Our Social Media

Requests for downloads have been answered!

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Feb 26th 2021X-Rays & Scans - What do they really mean?

Often when we get a scan of our knee the report can sound scary – there is often a lot of jargon and medical terms used that can be difficult to understand. It can be hard to see how this picture or scan relates to YOU and what it means for your journey and future.

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Jan 19th 2021Pain Depends on Context

Pain depends on context is one of Pain Revolution’s key Target Concepts – as understanding the nature of persistent pain is essential to controlling one’s pain experience. Pain is influenced by biological, social and psychological factors.

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Dec 2nd 2020We Won! - Excellence in Community Engagement!

We have taken out the win in the Engagement Australia Awards, in the category ‘Excellence in Community Engagement’!

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Nov 17th 2020Learn More About Your Pain

Learn More About Your Pain is one of Pain Revolution’s key Target Concepts – as understanding your persistent pain is essential to changing your pain experience. Today, we have a better understanding of pain mechanisms and treatment.

Resources

The more you learn about pain the better

Videos, podcasts, books and courses for anyone wanting to know more about modern approaches to pain and preventing and overcoming persistent pain.

VideoWebsite

Tame the Beast

Animating and illuminating the experience of living with pain

Video

Pain, Your Brain and the Amazing Protectormeter

Professor Lorimer Moseley on Pain and Your Brain

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Why Do We Hurt?

Professor Lorimer Moseley at TedX Adelaide

Audio/Podcast

The Brain's Role in Pain

Dr Tasha Stanton on ABC's Health Report

Book

Explain Pain: Protectometer

A problem-solving workbook for your pain

Website

Pro Pain Train

Five years later, Pro PainTrain takes off from PainTrain's destination extending the resource by offering it as a customisable pain management solution for healthcare professionals.

Course

Professional Certification in Pain Sciences

University of South Australia

Book

Explain Pain Supercharged

Like Explain Pain, only "supercharged" for clinicians

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