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Why is Australia Publishing More Chronic Pain Research than the US?

25 Jul

So, every night I search the Internet for the newest research and articles concerning all types of chronic illnesses. Specifically, I target chronic pain research. I try to no only educate myself, but others out there on the comings and goings in this field. However, what I’m noticing is that time and time again, Australia seems to publish more research in this field than anyone else! I’m not complaining here. I’m happy that at least someone is doing it. I just find it strange that the US isn’t doing more in this area. Maybe the pharmaceutical enterprise is keeping it down? What are your thoughts?

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Posted by on July 25, 2012 in Pain - Chronic

 

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12 responses to “Why is Australia Publishing More Chronic Pain Research than the US?

  1. Tracy Rydzy, MSW, LSW

    July 25, 2012 at 18:12

    I really enjoyed your blog. Please check out and follow my blog on Chronic Pain at http://ohwhatapain.wordpress.com. Please let me know if you would like a link on my page or if you would care to do a “guest appearance.” Thanks!

     
    • doesithurt

      July 27, 2012 at 13:26

      Thanks for the reply! I would love a link and would return in kind. If you would like a guest appearance, I would love to be a part of that. Let me know what you had in mind and we can work something out! Take care.

       
  2. chronicpainsurvivor

    July 26, 2012 at 14:59

    Hi, I suffer and live with Chronic Pain and live in Sydney, Australia. Following my research also for self education I feel that advances are definitely being made here in the “Lucky Country” as we Ike to call it, and our support systems are also growing, with a political debate in the headlines currently regarding the implementation of a National Disability Insurance Scheme. After visiting a handful of Specialists in my quest for a diagnosis, each experience was met with a willing nature to diagnose my rare condition. There appears to be an open mind for dealing with chronic pain and a race to find possible solutions in many areas. I was recently requested to speak to medical professionals to give them an account of what it is like to live with chronic pain from a patients perspective and am attending qa National Pain week event this Saturday, where speakers associated with CP will share their wisdom with the public. So I’m resting up as it is an event I do not want to miss. I look forward to reading more of your blogs. Health & happiness Narelle

     
    • doesithurt

      July 26, 2012 at 23:03

      Narelle, I am so happy that you live in a country where this actually matters! Please blog, or let me know how your meeting goes. I’m really excited for you!

       
      • chronicpainsurvivor

        July 27, 2012 at 01:49

        I’ll certainly let you know what I learn. I’ll be taking notes, suffer severe foggy brain from one of my meds so if I forget please ask again how it goes 🙂 health & Happiness

         
  3. chronicpainsurvivor

    July 26, 2012 at 15:00

    Reblogged this on chronicpainsurvivor.

     
  4. rachelmeeks

    July 27, 2012 at 08:51

    Not sure I have an answer, but I thought you might find this interesting: when monitoring my wordpress views, I find I often have readers from Australia searching for info on chronic pain. A large chunk of my readers are from Australia.

    Perhaps it is a more urgent issue there? Maybe there are more people suffering? Or perhaps it’s more talked about there than here in the US, where we often keep our illness “private.”

     
    • doesithurt

      July 27, 2012 at 13:39

      I’ll have to check my viewers. I think that it might be a mindset. In the U.S. many people have faith in pills to deal with pain instead of looking for alternate therapies. It seems that in my research, Australians seem to be looking and researching heavily into these alternative therapies and how to actually fix the problem and not bandaid it.

       
  5. Leonard Marks

    July 27, 2012 at 12:58

    great post

     
  6. adelineannie

    August 2, 2012 at 15:38

    Thanks for your comment re research in Australia. It is interesting to get your perspective. Certainly there have been a few catalysts for action in Australia where I live. One was the establishment of a strong consumer organisation several years ago, Chronic Pain Australia which has been involved in education, advocation, negotiation and support. The other i would attribute to the work of a few leading pain specialists (Professor Cousins is one, from Sydney) who lobbied at the highest level and saw the launch of the National Pain Strategy.
    National Pain Week was an initiative of the Chronic Pain Association, to try and make pain visible. Over the past few years it has gone from strength to strength.
    Adeline

     
  7. chronicpainsurvivor

    August 24, 2012 at 07:27

    Reading all the posts above also gives hope that people who are chronic pain sufferers will unite and stop this spread of the invisible illness. Thank you for initiating an excellent conversation as ‘Knowledge is Power”. I would like to nominate your blog for a Sunshine Award for bringing ‘light’ to the topic so to speak. Follow my link for more information regarding the award : http://chronicpainsurvivor.wordpress.com/2012/08/24/sunshine-award-3/

    Health & happiness to ALL above.

     

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