Painaustralia’s strategic plan has six principles that guide our work to improve healthcare for people living with pain:

  1. Recognition of chronic pain as a complex multi-dimensional chronic condition in its own right
  2. Assessment and treatment of chronic pain must address the physical, psychological and environmental/social factors that play a key role in chronic pain
  3. Person centred care for chronic pain at all levels of the health System
  4. Rights and validation of the person in pain and recognition of their families and carers
  5. Whole of community awareness and responsibility to support people with chronic pain
  6. Intervention at an early stage of transition from acute (e.g. postoperative) pain to chronic pain