Free Seminar

Taking Back Control of My Chronic Pain

The Australian Pain Management Association (APMA) invites you to attend a FREE seminar specifically for Australians living with chronic pain, their families, and carers.

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About the Seminar

The seminar will focus on information, education, and shared experiences with chronic pain, no matter where you are on your journey.

Pain Management

Hear from leading physicians about options for managing chronic pain.

Guest Speakers

Hear the amazing stories of people living with chronic pain.

Q&A Session

Panel discussion to answer all of your questions.

Special Guest

Rob Horne

We have a special guest attending, Wallaby star Rob Horne, who suffered a life-changing injury six months ago that has left him with full limb paralysis and chronic pain.

Guest Speaker

Justin Minyard

Justin Minyard, a retired US Army Master Sergeant, has experienced chronic pain since being a first responder during the September 11 attacks.

Guest Speakers

Leading Pain Physicians

Leading pain physicians will discuss different therapy options for managing your chronic pain, including a Q&A session.

Seminar Dates

We look forward to welcoming you and your loved ones. Light refreshments will be served. Free parking will be available at the hotel.


30 October 2018

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  • 11:00am – 1:00pm
  • Pullman Hyde Park
  • 36 College St, Sydney
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31 October 2018

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  • 6:00pm – 8:00pm
  • Pullman on the Park
  • 192 Wellington Parade, Melbourne
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1 November 2018

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  • 6:00pm – 8:00pm
  • Rydges Adelaide
  • 1 South Terrace, Adelaide
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2 November 2018

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  • 6:00pm – 8:00pm

  • Brisbane Marriott Hotel
  • 515 Queen Street, Brisbane QLD 4000
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3 November 2018

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  • 12:30pm – 2:30pm
  • Novotel Twin Waters
  • 270 Ocean Dr, Twin Waters
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What is chronic pain?

Pain is considered chronic if it is experienced every day for three months or more,1 or lasts beyond the time expected for healing following surgery, trauma or other condition.2

What are the symptoms of chronic pain?

The most commonly reported sites of chronic pain are in the back (45 per cent), leg (42 per cent), shoulder (29 per cent), arm (22 per cent) and neck (20 per cent). Many people report experiencing chronic pain in more than one site.3

Who is at risk of chronic pain?

Chronic pain can affect anyone – young and old, sick or healthy. It typically leads to substantial changes in an individual’s life including physical restrictions, adverse effects on mental health and psychological well- being, social isolation and loss of purpose.4


  1. Blyth, F, March, L, Brnabic, A, Jorm, L, Williamson, M, Cousins, M (2001) Chronic Pain in Australia: a prevalence study. Pain 89:127-134. Pain Australia Fact Sheet 2.
  2. NICE. NICE technology appraisal guidance 159 Pain (chronic neuropathic or ischaemic) – spinal cord stimulation (TA159). October 2008.
  3. Kumar K, Taylor RS, Jacques L, Eldabe S, Meglio M, Molet J, Thomson S, O’Callaghan J, Eisenberg E, Milbouw G, Buchser E, Fortini G, Richardson J, North RB. The effects of spinal cord stimulation in neuropathic pain are sustained: a 24-month follow-up of the prospective randomised controlled multicentre trial of the effectiveness of spinal cord stimulation. Neurosurgery. 2008 Oct;63(4):762–70.
  4. Pain Australia. 2011. National Pain Strategy.
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