By Jenni Johnson
Manager Pain Management Network, Agency for Clinical Innovation (ACI)
The ACI has been working in partnership with multicultural managers and workers in NSW to examine the context of the pain experience from four different cultural perspectives. A series of focus groups have been held and a preliminary report completed.
The four cultural groups are Arabic, Greek, Chinese and Vietnamese. Some translated resources endorsed and validated by the process are now available on the ACI website.
These include the Pain Toolkit (developed by Pete Moore in the UK) and the Understanding pain in less than 5 minutes videos now available in Mandarin, Cantonese, Vietnamese, Arabic and Greek.
Work will continue in this area to develop other pain management material including fact sheets and pain programmes to be delivered in the community environment over the next 12 months.
New materials will be loaded as they are developed and endorsed by the cultural communities.
These and other multicultural materials can also be accessed from the Australian Pain Society website.