Past Events, Initiatives and Media Coverage

Australia/New Zealand

The Australian Pain Society and the New Zealand Pain Society (IASP chapters), in conjunction with the Faculty of Pain Medicine ANZCA and PainAustralia, created a unique poster for the Global Year Against Visceral Pain. The illustration featured on the poster is by Kate Hodgson, an artist and visceral pain sufferer.

The Albury Wodonga Private Hospital hosted its annual Pain Education Day at the Commercial Club in Albury, Australia. Pamela Goldspink, CNS Acute Pain Service, from the Albury Wodonga Private Hospital has organized the Global Pain Education Day for the past eight years. One hundred and sixty nurses attended the event. Download a flyer of the event.


The Bangladesh Society for Study of Pain (IASP Chapter) completed the Global Year Against Visceral Pain with a roundtable conference program held on September 14, 2013. The Conference was attended by physicians of the society, journalists and media staff, and dignitaries from the Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujib Medical University. The program received coverage in national newspapers and television. See the poster of the event.

The Bangladesh Society for Study of Pain (IASP Chapter) held a symposium on June  2013 on the theme of Visceral Pain in accordance with IASP's Global Year Against VIsceral Pain and on the occasion of the 15th Annual Congress of BSSP. 60 doctors attended the event including pain physicians, anesthesiologists, obstetricians, gynecologists, urologists, gastroenterologists and other specialists. 


November 6, 2013 marked the Second Annual Educational Day on Pain Awareness. The aim of the day was to assist healthcare professionals understand multidisciplinary approaches for the treatment of pain by sharing advances in research and innovative strategies for pain management within Alberta Health Services. To highlight the global year against visceral pain, content experts presented on various visceral pain topics, these included: pelvic pain, pain management for abdominal surgeries, and opioid induced abdominal pain. General pain topics such as a review of pain physiology and pharmacology, a patient expert account from an individual living with pain, methadone, and naturaceuticals were also presented on to appeal to a broader audience. 


December 8-9, 2012, Kolkata, India. The Indian Society for Study of Pain West Bengal Branch organized dedicated symposia on the occasion of the 6th Annual Conference of Indian Society for Study of Pain. Fact sheets on Visceral Pain were published in a conference magazine. Download the poster of the event


The Iranian Pain Society adapted IASP's poster for the Global Year Against Visceral Pain for use and distribution to hospitals and medical centers in Iran (May 2013). Download a PDF copy of the poster.


For the Global Year Against Visceral Pain, the Iraqi Society for Pain Management organized a scientific lecture, which was held on February 28, 2013 at Rizgary Hospital Hall in Educational City. A number of pain practitioners attended from the cities of Arbil, Wasit and Sulaymaniyah in Iraq.


The Society for Treatment and Study of Pain, Pakistan, in collaboration with the Pakistan Society of Anaesthetesiologists created a unique poster for the 9th Paincon (November 16-17, 2012) in Karachi, Pakistan.