Treating Pain in Rural Australia
3 revolutionary ways we reach people in pain.
Pain Revolution Ride
Putting experts on bikes (and feeling their pain!)
We take pain education to the people that need it, by putting 25 riders in lycra and on their bikes. Riding over 100kms every day, usually with some big hills along the way, gives the riders their own taste of pain.
Not only do our riders spend long days in the saddle, they're also an essential part of the community outreach events that we run in the evenings. Our riders commit to a significant fundraising effort to earn their place in the distinctive Pain Revolution jersey, and they wear their polka dots with pride.
The ride enables us to take the science of pain to people, rather than waiting for them to come to the clinic. The ride gives us a chance to create conversation and a spectacular sight as we roll out.
Community Outreach Events
Educational Seminars and the Brain Bus
As the riders make their way through the ride route, we run evening educational events and set up the Brain Bus in public spaces. We work with the existing community infrastructure, and champions within the community, to get groups of both the general public and health professionals together, for an evening educational event.
For the general public, these events might be their first experience of hearing about the science of pain, and we're using a curriculum that gives people a taste of the science and the stories.
For health professionals, working with people in pain is an area of healthcare that is frequently challenging and under-supported. We aim to give these health professionals a taste of the concepts that have been shown to be effective, the evidence that supports that, and how they can be used in the clinic.
Local Pain Educator Program
Supporting a whole community change in pain education
A one-time bike ride and educational outreach program is not enough to make meaningful changes in the rural communities hit hard by the challenge of persisting pain.
We're in process of launching the Local Pain Educator Network, where we will give community-based champions the education (via UniSA) and the support via our mentoring program to run education programs in their communities.
More information HERE
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