Pain

Pain is a major symptom in many medical conditions and can significantly interfere with your quality of life and ability to function normally.

Pain is complex and often difficult to define. It has both physical and psychological elements.

It is often described according to where it occurs in the body, such as a headache or back pain. It can also be more widespread, for example arthritis pain or the general aches and pains associated with colds and flu.

While it might not make you feel any better — you are not alone: one in ten people in Australia are experiencing acute pain at any time, and one in five Australians report having chronic pain.

Find out more about pain, pain medicines and other ways to manage your pain.

You can also see our knowledge hubs on headache and low back pain.

Latest information - pain

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(Media release)
23 Jul 2014 This National Pain Week (21 – 27 July 2014), NPS MedicineWise is urging people living with pain to know how to use pain relieving medicines safely, and to have a conversation with their health professional about both the type and dose of pain relief medicine that are right for them.
(Consumer publication)
27 Jun 2014 Is acupuncture effective for pain relief?
(Consumer publication)
04 Jun 2014 This Medicine Update is for people with chronic (long-term) severe, disabling pain who are taking, or thinking about taking, tapentadol.
For health professionals (CPD activity)
28 May 2014 This free online course on sore mouth is for students.
For health professionals (CPD activity)
28 May 2014 This free online course on facial pain is for students.
For health professionals (CPD activity)
27 May 2014 This free online course on analgesics in persistent pain is for students.
For health professionals (CPD activity)
27 May 2014 This free online course on post operative pain and vomiting is for students.
For health professionals (CPD activity)
27 May 2014 This free online course on opioid therapy in chronic pain is for students.
For health professionals (CPD activity)
23 May 2014 This professional development activity on acute postoperative pain is for pharmacists and nurses.
For health professionals (CPD activity)
23 May 2014 This professional development activity on opioid therapy for chronic pain is for pharmacists and nurses.