Who are we?

APMA is a health promotion charity providing advocacy, information and practical support for people living with persistent (chronic) pain and their families. APMA is the consumer health organisation for all Australians who live with persistent pain. APMA is your voice.

What do we do?

APMA provides advice, assistance and advocacy, and works with governments, health clinicians and researchers to deliver evidence-based pain management services and ameliorate the personal and economic impact for people living with severe pain.

APMA services include advice and information to people with pain and the health community via a telephone helpline (Pain Link), a comprehensive website, newsletters and a range of pamplets and publications, a national network of pain support groups and the delivery of presentations and community education. APMA liaises with governments, clinicians and health administrators on behalf of people living with pain and strives to raise awareness of the issue of persistent pain.


Recent Posts

For further information and videos about the issue of nerve pain, you can visit nervepain.com.au

Notice of APMA 2015 Annual General Meeting (6 February)

Participants needed for new Sydney headache study(6 February)

Brisbane Living Well with Pain Consumer Symposium (6 February)

Support APMA through the Quickbeds Grassroots Fundraising Program (16 September) 

New and improved website coming (8 August)

POINT study – pain and opioids in treatment (8 August)

Why do I even need this test? Important information about diagnostic imaging and lower back pain  (12 March)

Join the conversations on OurHealth (20 November)

Need for SA to improve pain management services (14 November)

NHMRC resource to assist clinicians to discuss CAM medicines with patients (18 September)


"Waking up every morning in pain can be overwhelming... thanks for helping"

APMA's Pain Link telephone helpline 1300 340 357 can be contacted for the cost of a local call. Staffed by volunteers who live with persistent (chronic) pain themselves, support is only a call away. Don't suffer alone.

APMA’s volunteer staff are available to take calls from 7 am to 7 pm, Monday to Friday. Outside of these hours callers reach a voice-mail service and can leave a message, which is returned within 24 hours.

Learn how you can help the Pain Link helpline here

Pain Link Brochure

APMA has produced a range of informational brochures about various aspects of living with persistent pain. Some of these brochures are shown below. Contact APMA to obtain quotes for the provision of bulk copies of brochures for distribution to patients or clients.

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APMA's website provides comprehensive pain management options and information for people with pain, their families and friends. Health care professionals will also find the site interesting and informative.

We can't take the pain away
but we can help improve quality of life.


Join APMA today and help enhance the wellbeing of all Australians living with persistent pain. You can join on-line, or download and complete a membership form. The form can be emailed to secretary.apma@bigpond.com or mailed to GPO Box 2104, Brisbane QLD 4001.
You can also assist APMA by making a tax-deductible donation – donations on-line. Your donation can make a big difference for someone you know with disabling pain, supporting APMA's community awareness and education pain programs which help reduce suffering.

Pain is everyone's business.

Sign the Montreal Declaration Now

The Montreal Declaration calls for access to pain management to be a human right for all people with pain. The Montreal Declaration was announced in 2010 at the International Pain summit. Read the full text and sign the Declaration of Montreal.
Professor Cousins  addressed a conference of International Human Rights Organisations in the Netherlands. You can also hear him interviewed on Canadian radio here. The program also includes an extended interview with a man who has suffered from persistent pain for most of his adult life.

Supporters and sponsors

We wish to particularly express our sincere appreciation for the financial support/sponsorship from all of these organisations.