Philanthropy and Partnerships
The vision of Pain Foundation and PMRI is to develop and maintain an excellent multidisciplinary group of basic and clinical researchers who interact with one another to improve the treatment with all forms of severe pain.
Since our inception in 1990, we have relied heavily on financial support from various public, government and professional alliances, such as National Health and Medical Research Council ("NHMRC"), various departments of Health and their agencies, ANZ College of Anaethestists ("ANZCA"), WorkCover now 'icare', and those alliance continue today. However, it is proving increasingly difficult to compete for limited funds from these sources, given the range of other vital medical research needs across the community.
In recent years, Pain Foundation and PMRI has developed partnership arrangements with a number of commercial enterprises such as insurance companies, industrial organisations and private foundations who care about improving treatment programs for people coping with chronic pain.
Often an initial research theory needs to be validated via a 'proof on concept' study. These are where such 'private sources' offer real value, in that they invest in the early phases of the study, enabling our scientists and researchers to test their theory, produce peer review papers for publication to peers in similar environments around the world, and then move to a larger validation phase or clinical trial of the new treatment.
CURRENT STUDIES SEEKING PARTNERSHIP FUNDING
PMRI has several initiatives under review in the area of 'Opioid De-Prescribing', assisting patients who have been prescribed opioids during or following surgery, injury (often workplace), or even caesarean section birthing to wean themselves off opioids on to other less addictive treatments.
Some of our other research priorities that await new or additional funding include:
Understanding the role of the neurotransmitter glycine in pain inhibition in the spinal cord and brain;
Improving care coordination for pain patients in the Emergency Department;
Implementing pain self management in cancer survivors; and
Evaluating text messaging and other digital technology to support opioid tapering.
PMRI also organises world class conferences and fora on pain management, where sponsorship arrangements are available to align leading organisations with an interest in pain management with doctors, scientists, researchers and others working in the field.
TO ENQUIRE FURTHER ABOUT PARTNERING WITH PAIN FOUNDATION AND PMRI ON THESE OR ANY SIMILAR FORM OF PAIN RESEARCH, CONTACT OUR OFFICE AT OR CALL (02) 9929 5566.