New Publications

Henderson, JV, Britt, HC, Bayram, CF & Miller, GC. 2013 "Prevalence, Causes, 
Severity, Impact, 
and Management of Chronic Pain in Australian General Practice Patients" Pain 
Chronic pain impairs patient quality of life, and is a public health burden. This study provides a 
national overview of the prevalence, causes, severity, management and impact of chronic pain in Australian general practice patients, and the parity between GP and patient satisfaction with pain management."·Read more...

Siddall, PJ. 2013 "Neuroplasticity and pain: what does it all mean?" Medical Journal of 
 198(4): 177-178.
"The concept of neuroplasticity — the ability of the nervous system to change its structure and 
function — has captured the imagination of clinicians, researchers and the general public."
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Nielsen, M, Jull G & Hodges, PW. 2013 "Information needs of people with low back
 pain for an
 online resources: a qualitative study of consumer views" Disability and Rehabilitation
Early Online 3 September.
This study provides important guidance for development of a person-centred website grounded
 the expressed needs and preferences of people with LBP. Understanding the breadth of
 patients’ questions and concerns is essential for provision of person-centred information and interventions. Incorporating these with the current evidence base would provide an accessible
 and relevant
 LBP patient education referral point, which is currently lacking.· Read more...

This is a little snippet from a link of mine, at 'Chronic-Pain-Australia'. Please read on.. 

"...A visiting international rehabilitation expert has called for Hypnotic Therapy to be 
considered a ‘mainstream’ treatment option in the management of chronic pain, potentially
 benefiting thousands of Australian pain sufferers. Presenting at the Australasian Faculty of
 Rehabilitation Medicine, Annual Scientific Meeting in Brisbane today, Professor Mark Jensen,
 Vice Chair for Research in the Department of Rehabilitation Medicine, University of 
Washington, urged Australian healthcare professionals to discuss the option with their patients. 

“Pain management for patients, particularly those with long-term illness or injury requires a 
considered and holistic approach,” Professor Jensen said. “Imaging studies have shown that 
Hypnotic Therapy influences all of the cortical areas and neuro-physiological process that
 underline pain. “Helping patients manage pain can have a significant psychological impact. 
What people do to manage pain and what they think about pain, and their social environment, 
can all influence pain and its negative impact on functioning.”

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Findings that could have significant benefit for sufferers of chronic pain, their family members and caregivers, show that Hypnosis can reduce daily background pain intensity for many patients. Moreover, recent well-documented clinical trials in people with disabilities have demonstrated that Hypnotic treatment for chronic pain has specific effects on pain intensity over and above effects based on placebo (expectancy) alone.

This is good news for the estimated one in five adult Australians (3.2 million) that suffer chronic pain, a number that is projected to increase as Australia’s population ages.
“Hypnosis still has a certain stigma to it,” Professor Jensen said. “However we are seeing this treatment option used to manage debilitating physical and psychological conditions including phobias and addiction.

“It may be that physicians are not recommending Hypnotic to their patients due to a lack of 
understanding of the process, or it may be that patients are wary of Hypnosis.
“Hypnotic treatment for chronic pain management has proven efficacy and should be explored 
as a viable option in the treatment plan.”

Further to the pain management results associated with Hypnotic Therapy, Hypnosis can 
influence a number of non-pain-related quality-of-life domains according to Professor Jensen.
“Based on various international studies, the side effects of Hypnosis have been shown to be overwhelmingly positive. Indirectly, any therapy that can assist with pain management can ease
 the burden on caregivers, and positively impact family relationships.”

Professor Jensen recommends that rehabilitation physicians train patients in the use of 
self-Hypnosis to achieve immediate pain relief and provide audio recordings of treatment 
sessions to enhance treatment effects..."

At the Edge of Being:The Aporia of Pain - Inter-Disciplinary Press
Edited by Heather McKenzie, John Quintner and Gillian Bendelow
"This book represents a challenge to the influential medico-political discourse that seeks to 
classify and manage chronic pain as if it were a disease in its own right, while at the same time
 preserving its status as a symptom." Chronic Pain Australia Vice President, Mandy Nielsen,
 has a chapter in this book on stigma and chronic pain. Read more...

Complex regional pain syndrome (CRPS) Explained: For Teenagers, By Teenagers
by Dr. G. R. Lauder & Roslyn Massey
"The principal aim of this book is to provide well-presented clear information for teenagers 
who develop CRPS. It is hoped that it will be used as a tool to aid the early recognition of
 CRPS and implement the necessary team approach to management."  Read more...