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23rd edition of the Societal Impact of Pain (SIP) newsletter

Prof. Bart Morlion – Multidisciplinary Pain Centre of the University of Leuven, Belgium

Dear Reader,

We experience exciting times in Brussels just 2 days before the European elections 2019 will be completed. During the past months we have closely monitored the upcoming changes in the EU institutions and how this might impact the Societal Impact of Pain policy work. In the past years Societal Impact of Pain (SIP) has achieved significant attention and support from many politicians in Brussels for example with the inclusion in the Thematic Network programon the EU Health Policy platform 2018. Read the article what are our activities to ensure that SIP will maintain high on the European and national political agenda.
 
In the past weeks we have focused our communication activities on one of the four key topics of our Joint Statement Recommendations: “Pain and Employment”. Many initiatives and activities on EU and national level are taking place to implement the policy recommendations related to this topic. The SIP platform represented by Pain Alliance Europe attended the Chrodis PLUS conference on May 14-15 in Budapast to support the work package 8 on employment and chronic conditions. Further, SIP Portugal has prepared a joint statementwhich has been signed by 11 patient associations and scientific societies recommending the urgent implementation of measures to promote the employability of people with pain.
 
Great news from the SIP national platforms (NP)! With the start of SIP Finland the network of SIP national platforms (NP) is further expanding (now eight NP). Many activities are taking place in these countries which will be presented at the EFIC congress 2019 in Valencia.
 
Many other international and national SIP related conferences and events will take place in 2019 which you can find in our SIP calendar.

Warm wishes,

Prof. Bart Morlion

Director of the Multidisciplinary Pain Centre of the University of Leuven, Belgium
President of the European Pain Federation EFIC

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