Local libraries spread word on managing chronic pain as part of National Pain Week

Broken Hill locals with chronic pain are benefiting from a partnership between the State Library, the Agency for Clinical Innovation (ACI) and the Far West LHD.

The partnership is bringing the latest evidence-based information on managing pain to local libraries across NSW during National Pain Week (20-26 July).

Chronic pain is pain which persists for more than three months or beyond the usual time for tissue healing. It is real, not imagined. Affecting one in five people in NSW, this pain interferes with daily lives, work and relationships.

Improving access to information for those who live with, and want to better manage their chronic pain is a focus for the ACI, the agency working to design and promote better healthcare for NSW.

Last year, the Minister for Health Jillian Skinner launched the ACI Pain Management Network’s award winning website and a consumer book collection which has been distributed to participating public libraries across NSW.

The book collection complements the ACI Pain Management Network’s website, which is already making a difference with over 267,000 page views and over 30,000 visitors since its launch last year.

To promote awareness of National Pain Week 2015, the ACI has added two more consumer books to the library collection; Explain Pain handbook by Lorimer Moseley and David Butler, and The Spinal Cord Injury Pain Book by Philip Siddall, Rebecca McCabe and Robin Murray. The books have been sent to the Broken Hill Public Library. New features have also been added to the pain website including resources for people with spinal cord injuries who live with daily pain.

The website was promoted in 1.7 million repeat script folders in NSW pharmacies in 2014, offering practical advice and resources to manage pain and prevent its escalation. This initiative will continue in 2015.

Visitors to the ACI Pain Management website can access:

  • interactive learning and self-management modules for young people
  • online resources that help people to retrain their brain’s response to chronic pain
  • inspirational videos of people young and old sharing their experience of how adopting an evidence based approach to pain made a real difference to daily lives
  • practical tools and resources to help people with chronic pain to improve daily sleep and mood, guidance on pain medication and the importance of healthy lifestyles
  • a health professional toolkit that includes assessment and management tools for doctors and healthcare professionals working in the community, factsheets for patients and information on NSW Pain Clinics.

National Pain Week 2015 runs from 20-26 July 2015, for more information visit: www.nationalpainweek.org.au

Visit the ACI Pain Management Network website: www.aci.health.nsw.gov.au/chronic-pain

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