The theme for 2016 National Pain Week is “You look good. How do you feel?”. People living with pain are often told that they are looking good or don't look sick, when inside they are dealing with constant pain and other symptoms.
Led by Chronic Pain Australia (CPA), National Pain Week promotes four core aims:
1. To de-stigmatise the experience of chronic pain
2. Promote current thinking to explain chronic pain to the wider Australian community
3. Create healing relationships between the person in pain and their pain clinician/s
4. Reduce the isolation and suffering of people in pain.
CPA are conducting the third annual “Snapshot” survey to track how Australians are living with their pain and are publishing two 'Living with Pain' surveys - one for people who live with chronic pain and one for those who care for someone with pain.
The results will be announced during National Pain Week so check-in to their website for survey results as well as a list of events happening to mark National Pain Week.
If you live with chronic pain or care for someone with pain, be part of the campaign by taking part in one of the surveys below: