Early Career Researcher of the Year Award – Social Sciences, Business & Humanities (2014 Award Winner)

Dr Blake Dear, Faculty of Human Sciences

Developing an online chronic pain management program

One in 5 Australians will experience chronic pain in their life and approximately 1 in 10 Australians will experience a level of pain that leads to significant levels of anxiety, depression and disability. Unfortunately, research indicates Australians with chronic pain are missing out on specialist assessment and treatment, which often includes chronic pain self-management programs, due to long waiting lists and the limited availability of services. Because of this we have developed and are now extensively evaluating an internet-delivered pain management program, the Pain Course, which provides helpful information and teaches practical, evidence-based, skills for managing pain, anxiety and depression.

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