Frequently Asked Questions
HOW CAN I MAKE A DONATION?
You can help us Conquer Pain by making a donation to support our research & education programs via: Support Us
IS MY DONATION TAX DEDUCTIBLE?
Yes, 100%. Pain Foundation Ltd is a Deductible Gift Recipient (DGR) registered charity. We issue a formal receipt soon after receipt of your donation. Online donations are acknowledged immediately after successful processing.
WHAT PROPORTION OF MY DONATION IS SPENT ON ADMINISTRATION AND OVERHEADS?
Pain Foundation Ltd's only 'employee' is a contractor engaged on fundraising and events management. Audited accounts reveal that 22% of gross fundraising income is spent on fundraising costs; interest on funds invested more than covers administration costs.
CAN I ASSIST IN OTHER WAYS?
You can volunteer for clinical trials or volunteer your time at our various fund-raising functions or by donating monies. Details are set out at: Support Us
WHO SUFFERS FROM PAIN?
Every single day, thousands of Australians wake to debilitating chronic pain - month after month, year after year. Many find themselves locked into a cycle of pills, depression and inactivity.
HOW DOES PAIN EFFECT INDIVIDUALS AND THE COMMUNITY?
An estimated 3.24 million Australians suffer persistent pain - pain that continues for more than 3 months. People from all walks of life can sufer from persistent pain including children and the elderly. Pain has obvious human costs to patients, families, and communities.
There are also huge costs to the economy - 36.5 million lost workdays each year are attributed to people suffering from persistent pain. The total cost of lost workdays, health care, and associated costs add up to over $73.2 billion per year, including $48.3 billion in lost productivity. Another $66.1 billion p.a. is estimated to be the detrimental impact on the quality of life. Source: The Cost of Pain in Australia, March 2019, Deloitte. Access Economics.
This makes persistent pain one of the nation's most costly healthcare problems.
WHAT IS BEING DONE?
There has been an explosion of knowledge about pain and its treatment over the past 10 years, but much remains to be done for the many patients who continue to suffer persistent pain. The people who currently cannot be helped are in desperate need of the advances that current and future research can deliver.
PMRI is conducting a multi-disciplinary basic and clinical research program involving over 40 scientists and clinicians, which targets understanding the mechanisms of persistent pain as a disease. The research program aims to develop new treatments that specifically attack underlying abnormalities causing persistent pain to become a disease in itself, rather than a symptom.
CAN YOU TREAT MY PAIN?
There are different types of severe pain. PMRI scientists and clinicians are world leaders in the area of pain management. Details of who suffers from pain and how chronic pain may be treated are set out at this link on PMRI's website: Who Suffers From Pain
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