Chronic Pain Australia is the national voice for the 3.6 million Australians living with chronic pain.
Chronic Pain Australia is a non-profit, non-government, registered organisation founded in 2001. The organisation is driven by a group of committed volunteers advocating to reduce the social and economic barriers to those who live with chronic pain.
To improve the quality of life of those Australians who live with chronic pain.
We believe no Australian should live with chronic pain in isolation or without access to resources, support, and affordable high-quality healthcare. Chronic Pain Australia is dedicated to supporting Australians in effectively managing their pain to preserve their dignity and self-respect, regardless of age, gender, culture, belief, rural or regional location or socio-economic background.
Chronic Pain Australia aims to improve the knowledge and understanding of what it is like to live with and manage chronic pain amongst health consumers, carers, family, friends, and healthcare professionals. Chronic Pain Australia is committed to empowering chronic pain warriors to work towards supported self-management of their pain.
We do this by...
Awareness, Advocacy and Submissions
Chronic Pain Australia continues to collaborate with consumers, other organisations and institutions across Australia, to raise public awareness of the current issues impacting those with the lived experience of pain in Australia and advocate for action to make pain a healthcare priority.
This is achieved by our National Pain Week activities, various advocacy campaigns and public consultation submissions to government throughout the year.
Educator and counsellor Dr Coralie Wales set up the "Chronic Pain Power Group" (CPPG) in 2001 in response to an ever-growing gap in knowledge and support available for people living with pain.
Initially involving local face-to-face group meetings, Coralie soon realised there were people in need all over Australia and beyond. Many of whom were isolated and alone.
Coralie invited people to share their stories with her. They arrived in hundreds from all corners of the country, revealing overwhelming distress and despair and emphasising the urgent need for community care and support to be made available to this vulnerable group. Coralie shared these stories with her friend and long-standing Rotarian Lee Furlong, who quickly activated his Rotary connections to provide $7000 seed funding to establish a nationally available support channel. Thus, Chronic Pain Australia was born.
Having incorporated in 2006, Chronic Pain Australia ran its first conference in 2007. Powered by volunteers’ dedication, including Coralie, Lee, and recruits Mandy Nielsen and David Newman, Chronic Pain Australia established the world’s first support hotline for people living with chronic pain. Further work saw the establishment of web-based resources and community connection sites, including the Chronic Pain Australia online discussion forum and the first Australian chronic pain awareness campaign – National Pain Week.
Today, Chronic Pain Australia is the voice for tens of thousands of Australians living with chronic pain. We have undertaken annual snapshot research to understand the experiences of people living with chronic pain in Australia, including how they manage it. We engage through social media, having built a community of over 9500 people that cross over into our 24/7 online forum with over 3000 users. Importantly, we continue to reduce stigma and raise awareness of chronic pain through our National Pain Week campaign each year in July.
Chronic Pain Australia is a volunteer-led organisation that is dependent on the generosity of our members and supporters.
Become a Member
Chronic Pain Australia is a member-based organisation and there are several different membership levels available.
Make a tax deductible Donation
We are a registered health promotion charity, and donations above $2 are tax deductible. Donations are processed through a secure PayPal network, and you can choose to make a one-off or regular monthly donation. A PayPal account is not required.
Partner with Us
Chronic Pain Australia regularly partners with organisations, peak bodies, government, and other charities to develop and deliver resources for our community. Please contact us directly should you wish to discuss partnership opportunities.
Hold a Fundraising Event
You might like to invite your friends and family to consider donating to Chronic Pain Australia in lieu of gifts for celebratory events. Alternatively, you can raise money and awareness for Chronic Pain Australia by asking people to sponsor you to participate in one of the many fundraising challenges held around the country each year.
Event proceeds can be donated to Chronic Pain Australia via our Paypal account.
Please contact us should you require any assistance or further information.
Make an in-kind donation by contributing your skills or products
Not able to make a cash donation but still want to contribute? As a volunteer-based organisation, Chronic Pain Australia is often looking for people who can help us achieve our mission. Please contact us directly should you wish to support us in this way.
Use your voice to share the story
We understand that many within our community cannot donate their time or money, but you can always use your voice to make the world a better place for people living with chronic pain. You might like to share Chronic Pain Australia information and resources with your own networks and use #ChronicPainAustralia on your social media posts to ensure your voice is amplified alongside the millions of others in the global chronic pain community.
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