The Australian Physiotherapy Association (APA) is once again a proud sponsor of the Pain Revolution in 2018, a 7-day, 770km cycle from Sydney to Albury Wodonga commencing 11 April.

The 23 riders in the group comprise physiotherapists and other health professionals who are raising awareness and funds to support the further development of a local pain educator network in rural and regional Australia. Chronic pain, particularly back pain, is 23 per cent more likely to affect regional and rural Australians than those living in urban areas, and this number rises to 30 percent for those aged 55 to 64*.

Seminars will be presented along the way to inform the public and health professionals about the latest advances in pain science and how this knowledge can influence pain management. With the recent changes to consumer codeine access announced in February, information about pain literacy and alternative treatment options has never been more timely.

Leading the group of riders will be APA member and Professor of Clinical Neuroscience at the University of South Australia, Lorimer Moseley, a world-renowned pain specialist. Professor Moseley hopes to share the discoveries that are revolutionising how persistent pain is prevented and treated, saying “We need to engage with this massive problem in a new way, and give people the resources to retrain their pain system. Through quality and contemporary education, movement and fun exercise, by giving people in pain the resources to master their situation, lives get better. Gradual recovery is back on the table.”

”We want to get to those who may have given up hope of living their daily lives without pain, and give them the confidence to find new ways of thinking about and dealing with their pain.”

Last year’s Pain Revolution fundraising provided 10 scholarships for rurally based health professionals to become Local Pain Educators – training in pain science, education and mentor support to serve their local community moving forward. Funds from the 2018 ride will support a fuller rollout of the Local Pain Educator programme, leading to public workshops across the country.

Pain Revolution riders will be accompanied by The Brain Bus, an experiential learning lab, where the public can participate in experiments that demonstrate changes in sensory perception that may lead to alternative ways of thinking about and managing pain.

Chair of the APA Pain Group Dianne Wilson is among a number of expert physiotherapists and pain specialists aboard the bus who will be helping the public understand critical aspects of pain prevention and recovery. Further details about the ride and its journey can be found here.

Professor Lorimer Moseley and Dianne Wilson are available for interview or comment.

*Pain Australia statistics.


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