The National Pain Week campaign, an initiative of Chronic Pain Australia (CPA), aims to: NPW_CPA_logo

  1. De-stigmatise the experience of chronic pain;
  2. Promote current thinking that explains chronic pain to the wider Australian community;
  3. Create healing relationships between the person in pain and their pain clinician/s and;
  4. Reduce the isolation and suffering of people in pain.


National Ambassador, Former Australia Cricket Captain, Michael Clarke, has lived with chronic pain most of his adult life. He is passionate about encouraging others to ask for help and to seek out strategies that help them manage their pain.

National Pain Week 2016 Conference:

“YOU LOOK GOOD. HOW DO YOU FEEL?”NPW2016-Poster-2-web-sm

Venue: Westmead Hospital Lowenthal Auditorium

Date: 29 July 2016, all day

Attendees include both clinicians working with people living with chronic pain as well as people directly affected by the condition. Register here.

The major theme of this year’s National Pain Week conference deals with the invisibility of chronic pain. This experience continues to be a major reported issue for people living with it. The conference will be further broken down into the themes of: wellbeing and living with chronic pain, arts in health, and technology and chronic pain. #HACK4PAIN winners will present their app concepts.



  • Mr Michael Clarke, Ambassador National Pain Week , ex-Aussie cricket captain
  • Mr Anthony Ackroyd, Comedian
  • Mr Chris Puplick, Chairperson, NSW Arts in Health Taskforce
  • Dr Ian Relf, Australian Medical Acupuncture College
  • Professor Phillip Siddall, Pain Specialist
  • Ms Petrea King, Founder, Quest for Life Foundation
  • Dr Caroline West, Media GP
  • Dr David Allsop, the Lambert Initiative for research into Medical Marijuana
  • Dr Chris Hayes, Pain Specialist
  • Professor Jeff Hughes, Inventor the Electronic Pain Assessment Tool (ePAT)
  • Ms Anne-Marie Elias, @ChiefDisrupter
  • Dr Helen Richards, lives with pain
  • Mr Mat McHugh, lives with pain, Sydney’s happiest amputee, media performer

CPA are still accepting proposals from exhibitors. Please contact Gabi Skoff if you are interested.

To be part of the National Pain Week 2016 conversation and help to raise awareness in your communities and workplaces, download promotional posters and banners from the NPW Media kit.



About Australian Pain Society

The Australian Pain Society is a multidisciplinary body aiming to relieve pain and related suffering through leadership in clinical practice, education, research and public advocacy.


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