The last week in July was National Pain Week (NPW). The week organised by Chronic Pain Australia was designed to raise awareness of those in chronic pain, culminated in a conference on Friday. The aims for the NPW were:
- To de-stigmatise the experience of chronic pain;
- Promote current thinking to explain chronic pain to the wider Australian community;
- Create healing relationships between the person in pain and their pain clinician;
- Reduce the isolation and suffering of people in pain
Since our initial involvement in the Pain Summit in Canberra a few years ago, we have remained a member of Pain Australia. Several of our members have subscribed to the education they provide professionals on pain.
Chronic Pain Australia (CPA) is also a member of Pain Australia. CPA is a voluntary organisation dedicated to helping people in chronic pain.
The conference attendees were made up of professionals and also those who live in chronic pain. One of these, the 'ambassador' for the week, was Australia's former cricket captain Michael Clarke, who spoke about how he lives and deals with his pain.
There were interesting topics on the efficacy (or lack there of) the many tools we have available to us to handle pain. There was considerable discussion on the need for clinicians to LISTEN to their clients. There were eyeopeners such as how effective humour and laughter is in dealing with pain.
I came away inspired and with two main thoughts and challenges.
- The first is that we, SCENAR practitioners, need to get the word out there. The allopathic medical system relies heavily on research and studies before they will even consider SCENAR. We simply do not have the resources to immediately follow this line. There must be other ways. Maybe we can introduce a common reporting system to clearly and uniformly show the efficacy of our treatments. It would be of tremendous value to demonstrate that of several thousands of people receiving treatment in any year, say 80% demonstrated an improvement in their condition.
- The second is that we would benefit from a greater professionalism that comes from education. I don't just mean learning how to more effectively use our wonderful technology but learning how to better move alongside our clients. I can remember seeing this while watching Dr Alexander Revenko work. His SCENAR genius is a given, but his results can also be attributed to his observational, interrogative and management skills.