IASP eNewsletter - Jun 2014

New Resources for Chronic Pain Patients in Australia

Australian pain experts have recently developed the Chronic Pain Toolkit, a collection of evidence-based resources for consumers and health professionals. The resources are now available through the website of the Agency for Clinical Innovation (ACI). The site was officially launched in March and was made possible as a result of state government funding in response to the New South Wales Pain Management Plan (2012-16).

The website includes a collection of freely available tools and resources to empower consumers (adult and youth) and health professionals in managing chronic pain. The site offers a series of videos that profile people who live with pain and use coping strategies; fact sheets and evidentiary materials are also available.

The ACI website includes a newly developed program for youth with complex pain conditions. PainBytes provides adolescents who suffer from pain with evidence-based information about chronic pain and how to manage it. The content was developed by the Pain Team at Sydney Children’s Hospital in collaboration with the pain teams at John Hunter Children’s Hospital and the Children’s Hospital at Westmead.

The PainBytes program comprises seven episodes: introduction to pain, pain and physical activity, pain and feelings, pain and mind-body connection, pain and school, pain and family, and staying on track. Content presentation was influenced by advice from an educational consultant, using the latest self-directed learning principles. PainBytes provides patients in regional and remote areas with equitable access to the latest evidence-based information and pain management resources. Within one month of its launch, PainBytes has received a large number of hits. Early patient feedback has been overwhelmingly positive. A more formal program evaluation is underway.