Southern Gazette (South Perth) - - OPINION -

CHRONIC pain is a dis­abling and de­bil­i­tat­ing con­di­tion that can im­pact ev­ery as­pect of a per­son’s ex­is­tence - from their abil­ity to work to their over­all en­joy­ment of life.

On top of the phys­i­cal bur­den of liv­ing with con­stant pain, peo­ple with chronic pain also face sig­nif­i­cant fi­nan­cial and emo­tional bur­dens, and are par­tic­u­larly sus­cep­ti­ble to men­tal health is­sues, like anx­i­ety and de­pres­sion.

We know that many peo­ple with chronic pain be­lieve that the ex­ist­ing sys­tem is woe­fully in­ad­e­quate when it comes to treat­ing their pain, so we want to hear from your read­ers – what’s work­ing, what isn’t work­ing, and what do you think would be a bet­ter way to man­age chronic pain in Aus­tralia?

Na­tional Pain Week (July 24 to 30) aims to des­tig­ma­tise the ex­pe­ri­ences of peo­ple liv­ing with chronic pain, to re­duce the iso­la­tion many feel and to raise aware­ness in the wider com­mu­nity.

As a com­mu­nity, we need to man­age pain to­gether and I strongly en­cour­age your read­ers to share their sto­ries, ex­pe­ri­ences and ideas on the­tion­al­ web­site, or on so­cial me­dia, us­ing the hash­tag #NPW2017.

On be­half of the one in five Aus­tralians liv­ing with chronic pain, thank you for your sup­port. CORALIE WALES Pres­i­dent, Chronic Pain Aus­tralia

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