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.
Pain Revolution facilitates a monthly virtual Community space, bringing together people with a lived experience of persistent pain.
Our Local Pain Educator (LPE) Program is a long-term strategy to build capacity in rural/regional communities, by embedding knowledge and skills around best pra...
Local Pain Collectives (LPCs) are community-based interdisciplinary networks of rural and regional health professionals who meet regularly to build their skills...
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.
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.
Pain can be complicated.
If your situation is making you feel helpless or hopeless, it might be time to take a new approach to overcoming your pain.
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.
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.
Pain is influenced by biological, social and psychological factors.
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.
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.
Just as the pain system learned to be overprotective, it can be retrained to work normally thanks to bioplasticity.
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 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:
Rural/regional clinicians trained, mentored and supported by Pain Revolution.
Of Australian countryside crossed in all our four annual Rural Outreach Tours
People who have attended one or more of our free pain education outreach sessions across the country.
Has been raised this year to provide free pain education in rural/regional communities
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.
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.
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.
We have taken out the win in the Engagement Australia Awards, in the category ‘Excellence in Community Engagement’!
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.
COVID-19 is having an enormous impact on us all. The silver lining is it creates a chance for everyone to better understand the lived experience of persistent pain.
Dr Jennifer Smith, 2018 Local Pain Educator from Temora, NSW, shares her reflections on joining the education team during the 2019 Rural Outreach Tour in Tasmania.
It seems almost inevitable that the recent bushfire crisis in Australia will change not only the landscape, but also us, as both a society and as individuals, forever.
Videos, podcasts, books and courses for anyone wanting to know more about modern approaches to pain and preventing and overcoming persistent pain.
Animating and illuminating the experience of living with pain
Professor Lorimer Moseley on Pain and Your Brain
Professor Lorimer Moseley at TedX Adelaide
Dr Tasha Stanton on ABC's Health Report
A problem-solving workbook for your pain
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.
University of South Australia
Like Explain Pain, only "supercharged" for clinicians
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