Here we are in November, heading into a new normal with state borders reopening and travelling back on our agendas. It sure will be good to reconnect with loved ones and, we hope, put the Rural Outreach Tour back on the agenda!
In October we launched the inaugural, virtual ‘Go the Distance’ challenge. And what a success it was. 433 participants took up the challenge and walked, ran, and cycled a total of over 80,000km.
Along the way their friends, family and work colleagues showed their support by donating a whopping $78,000. Wow! A huge thank you to everyone involved. The importance of these funds to pain revolution cannot be underestimated. We rely on fundraising to provide what we think is a crucial role in improving outcomes for people challenged by pain. Go the Distance will allow us to train, mentor and offer continued support to six Local Pain Educators. That’s six rural communities who will benefit.
Speaking of the Local Pain Educator Program, we currently have 2 cohorts who are diligently working away at their respective activities. The 2021 cohort, who started in June, have recently completed the UniSA course Pain Theory and Science. This will be followed by a further UniSA module, Pain Education, in January.
The 2020 cohort are now at the stage of developing their community action plans. They have recently attended workshops on engaging with their community and have been learning how to develop and facilitate a local pain collective, which will bring together like-minded health professionals to learn from each other. We are excited about how next year is looking with these LPE’s keen to reach out to their colleagues and communities.
Our national network webinar series has continued with monthly guest speakers. These sessions are an integral component of the LPE program as they provide an opportunity to hear from a diverse range of multidisciplinary health professionals about different perspectives on all things pain related.
As always, we are cognisant of the importance of getting feedback regarding our programs so that we can continually improve and adapt as required. To this end we have recently surveyed the 2019 LPE cohort about their experiences. Pleasingly we can see that the programs are meeting their objectives and are resulting in positive responses across all outcome areas. An overview is provided within, and we will provide a full report on the survey results in the near future.
As always, we thank everyone who has contributed to keeping the wheels at Pain Revolution turning.
Until next time…
Lorimer (CEO) and Sue (GM)
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