National Pain Strategy

Pain is Australia’s third most costly health problem and arguably the developed world’s largest ‘undiscovered’ health priority.”
Professor Michael Cousins AM, Chair National Pain Strategy

Australia was the first country in the world to develop a national framework for the treatment and management of pain.

Through the National Pain Strategy (NPS), Australia is developing a coordinated approach to health policy reform.

The NPS was the key outcome of the National Pain Summit held at Parliament House, Canberra, in March 2010.

The Pain Summit attracted 200 delegates representing more than 150 healthcare professional, consumer organisations, funders and not-for-profit bodies concerned with pain and treatment of pain.

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