Pain – a chronic issue in rural Australia

Wednesday, 25 September 2013

One in five Australians lives with chronic pain, and pain is the most common reason that people seek medical help. Chronic pain is more prevalent in rural and remote Australia than in the cities. People working in industries based in rural and remote areas, such as agriculture, mining, forestry and fishing, have higher incidences of injury and, coupled with poorer access to health services, leads to more untreated pain. Early intervention in pain management under a multidisciplinary model can be effective in preventing acute pain conditions from becoming chronic.

These are some of the facts about chronic pain in rural and remote Australia that appear in a new Fact Sheet jointly prepared by the National Rural Health Alliance and Painaustralia.

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