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Millions of Australians live with the pain and fatigue associated with arthritis and musculoskeletal conditions.
We need to do more to help people with chronic pain
As of February this year low dose codeine medications such as Panadeine, Panadeine Forte and Nurofen Plus are no longer available over-the-counter. People are only able to access these medications if they have a prescription.
We know that opioids for chronic pain are ineffective and unsafe. The evidence is loud and clear. The thing is living with chronic pain is complex, as is peoples relationship with their medication. People in chronic pain are highly anxious about their pain. Taking something away that they believe works for them, without providing alternatives, can increase their anxiety and increase their pain.
Although the intention of the government was not to punish people with chronic pain, people are feeling the stigma and are already looking to alternative ways of bypassing the system with unintended consequences such as stockpiling, purchasing codeine illegally online or on the dark web, or using other more harmful methods of pain management such as alcohol or illicit drugs.
We believe that empowering people with the right information so they can make informed choices is key. A public awareness campaign for consumers about alternative management strategies – lifestyle and self-management techniques – delivered in a positive, empathetic manner should be implemented. In parallel, resources about alternative pain management options are also required to support our frontline health professionals such as GPs and pharmacist.
MOVE, with the support of the Medibank Better Health Foundation,
is proud to publish and launch the
Victorian Model of Care for Osteoarthritis
of the Hip and Knee
A best-practice guide and resource for individuals or organisations tasked with the planning and delivery of care to Victorians with hip and/or knee osteoarthritis.
The full report is now available to download.
Take Control of Your Pain
Managing Your Pain: An A-Z Guide
If you live with persistent (or chronic) pain, you're not alone. It's a common and complex problem that affects 1 in 5 Australians. The good news is there are many things you can do to manage your pain. This A-Z guide will give you new ideas to try and will help you look at things you’re already doing in a fresh light. Our new book 'Managing Your Pain: An A-Z Guide' provides information, tips and practical examples of things you can do to manage your pain.