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News: 2020

MANAGING DISTRESS & ANXIETY PART IV

Thursday 9th July 2020

Part 4 of a series of short video presentations on Managing Distress and Anxiety During COVID-19 looks at social connectedness: Why is it important to maintain high quality social connections despite social distancing, and how do we do it?

MANAGING DISTRESS & ANXIETY PART III

Thursday 11th June 2020

Part 3 (15 mins) of this video series provides clinicians with information about the benefits of gratitude - consciously reflecting on the good in one's life. Claire discusses the reasons why practicing gratitude helps to manage distress and anxiety, and how to practice gratitude most effectively.  "Look outside of ourselves and be grateful!"

MANAGING DISTRESS & ANXIETY PART II

Wednesday 20th May 2020

Part 2 (23 mins) explains the difference between problem-focused and emotion-focused coping strategies and gives some concrete examples of how to use problem-focused coping. The second video covers brief emotion-focused coping strategies that can be used during a crisis. These strategies are immediately effective, but have only short-term effects (they need to be used repeatedly throughout the day to build resilience).

MANAGING DISTRESS & ANXIETY DURING COVID-19

Tuesday 6th May, 2020

VISITING SCHOLAR SERIES OF ONLINE VIDEO PRESENTATIONS - Dr Claire Ashton-James 

Claire Ashton-James, PhD is a Social Psychologist with expertise in the interpersonal realm of healthcare, and in particular, pain management. Her research spans the role of emotions and trust in patient-clinician interactions, social aspects of pain and pain management, and the development of social interventions to support patients who are tapering off opioid medications for chronic pain.

Claire has made a series of videos on evidence-based strategies for managing distress and anxiety.  Part 1 (32 mins) explains the difference between stress and distress, and emphasises the need to manage stress in order to AVOID distress.  (Later parts are between 15 and 20 minutes.)

 

While the videos were prepared for assisting practitioners managing in a stressful environment (such as COVID-19), the messages pertain equally to patients coping with chronic pain and other people generally managing in unusually stressful environments.

Later videos in this series discuss problem-focused and emotion-focused strategies, and the benefits of practicing gratitude!

PAINAUSTRALIA LAUNCHES 'COST OF PAIN' REPORT

Thursday 4th April 2019

In the most comprehensive financial analysis of chronic pain in Australia to date, The cost of pain in Australia report by Deloitte Access Economics reveals the staggering cost of chronic pain on Australian lives and the economy. 

More than three million Australians live with chronic pain which significantly impacts on their ability to work, sleep and maintain relationships.  As a nation the pain price tag is already $139 billion per annum.

Painaustralia's The cost of pain in Australia report and National Strategic Action Plan for pain management table a number of pathways to address this burgeoning issue.

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