Pain Awareness Week
One in 5 Australians has chronic pain. It’s a debilitating condition that’s often poorly understood. This week is Pain Awareness Week. Visit our Pain Centre to find out more about pain and how you sense it, treatments for chronic pain such as medicinal cannabis, treatments for neuropathic pain and information on other types of pain.
Last Reviewed: 22/08/2019
Chronic pain management
Chronic pain affects about one in 5 people in Australia and is most common in over-65s. In many cases chronic pain is a disorder in itself rather than a symptom of an underlying illness or injury.
Find out all about neuropathic pain (nerve pain), which is usually described as a shooting, stabbing or burning pain, with myDr.com.au.
Video: Chronic pain awareness
One in 5 Australians live with chronic pain and this includes children. Unlike acute pain, where there's an underlying cause, chronic pain may not be due to an obvious injury or a disease that will get better if it's fixed. Let's all understand the facts and support National Pain Week in July.
Most Australian adults will experience low back pain at some time in their lives. Most uncomplicated low back pain resolves after a period of active recovery and people are generally back to normal within 4 weeks.
Video: Medicinal cannabis in Australia
Medicinal cannabis is now available in Australia for some conditions. Dr Norman Swan introduces medical experts who are prescribing medicinal cannabis in Australia and 2 patients who are taking medicinal cannabis.