PMRI has helped thousands of Australians to manage their acute, chronic and cancer pain. This section profiles the stories of some of our patients.
Some names have been changed in the stories below to protect privacy, but all factual details are as submitted to us.
THE BARBARA WALKER CENTRE
Barbara Walker entered an ADAPT course in 1995 "feeling very skeptical, as it sounded like some Pollyanna fairy tale", but was taught practical pain self-management strategies. Her success at ADAPT led her to her family's support for the establishment of a pain management clinic at St. Vincents Hospital in Melbourne under her name. Read more
Barbara Walker suffered chronic pain after a breast cancer operation, crossed the world in search of a cure, and finally entered the ADAPT course, which she says turned her life around...
"I was 14, doing gymnastics training 15 hours a week, when I ran into the vault horse and fractured my lower back. I changed my mind at the last minute and baulked...
"I was a cop for 20 years, mostly in plain clothes. In 1995, I was walking along a footpath, when a 4-wheel drive ran off the road and pinned me aginst the wall with its roo bar...