WHO WE ARE
The Australian Pain Management Association Inc. (APMA) is a health charity which was established in 2009 because there weren't any community services for the more than 3.2 million Australians living with pain. APMA is the consumer health organisation for all Australians who live with pain. APMA is your voice.
We aim to enhance the wellbeing of all Australians living with chronic pain through guided pain management, involving your pain team. This is reflected in the goals of the National Pain Strategy which APMA actively supports. APMA is entirely self-funded and relies on memberships, donations and sponsorships to meet some of the enormous needs of people with severe chronic pain.
WHAT WE DO
APMA provides a telephone helpline service, pain support groups, develops resources, delivers training and champions improvements in pain health and community care.
We have a highly professional team, who are all volunteers. To date, our team has helped thousands of people debilitated or disabled by severe pain every year. Over the last twelve months APMA has
- taken more than 1,160 Pain Link calls from suffering and distressed individuals;
- more than 20 Pain Support Groups across Australia have held (monthly) face-to-face meetings and connected on social media to provide evidence based pain management information, practical tips and social gatherings in local communities across Australia;
- people living with pain provide information and feedback to APMA, resulting in high quality information and resources that are sought by consumers, of great use and assistance to patients and their clinicians, and endorsed by our Clinical Advisory Committee;
- membership services include Wellbeing newsletters, a comprehensive membership kit and personalised pain management resources tailoring pain management information to your needs and personal circumstances.