How We Help
Information & Resources
APMA is committed to providing high quality information and resources. We are guided by an eminent Clinical Advisory Committee and the current evidence base for pain management. APMA works towards assisting people living with chronic pain (and their families) to access evidence based resources about their conditions and treatment. It is our experience that many people with long-term pain may be desperate and vulnerable to 'gadgetry and quackery' to 'cure their pain.' APMA produces the Wellbeing quarterly newsletter for its members.
The APMA website is updated regularly and is often complimented on the quality of information and its clear format. Facebook is another avenue for social connections, practical tips and current pain news www.facebook.com/apma4u
APMA holds pain support groups in Brisbane, Sydney, Melbourne, Canberra, Perth and regionally. Directed peer support with a positive self-management focus encourages individuals to become active in their own management of pain. For example, people are encouraged to develop a repertoire of skills to self-manage their pain; through physical activity, cognitive approaches to navigate the complexity of living with persistent pain and other practical tips and strategies.
Pain Link helpline 1300 340 357
Pain Link is the only national helpline in Australia specifically for people with chronic pain. It offers a lifeline to individuals distressed by living with pain and its impacts. The service (from 7.00am – 7.00pm) provides callers with trained volunteers, who are able to listen, clarify issues, assist with action planning and provide options as needed to ameliorate the pain impacts causing the greatest personal distress.
Pain Link is one of the few ways that those in regional and rural areas or who are house bound can be supported by people who have become adept at managing their own pain and who have the skills to pass on this knowledge to others.
Currently, numerous services refer clients to Pain Link as do many GPs and health professionals. Currently, Pain Link takes 4-5 calls a day which is the limit of the service capacity – until operational funding is secured.
Visits to pain management programs
APMA volunteers regularly visit pain management clinics to mentor patients as they transition back to community living. This service is able to link patients to APMA services and provide a point of contact for people back in the community to continue their road to better health using treatment and self-management skills, albeit with managed recurring or persistent pain.
APMA provides guest speakers to staff of large community, aged and disability service providers as well as to smaller, local community services (clients and staff). Our presentations comprise awareness of the problem of chronic pain, the personal and social impacts of pain as well as the role of pain management including self-management to bring about tolerable pain levels and guide sufferers towards hope of living worthwhile lives and quality of life.