One in five Australians lives with chronic pain, and for many, the pain is severely disabling, affecting all aspects of their lives. But with your help, the pain problem no longer needs to be a life sentence.
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conquering pain

Since 1996, Pain Foundation has been at the forefront in conquering chronic pain, which affects one in five Australians. As a non-profit organisation with Deductible Gift Recipient (DGR) status, we secure vital funding for world leading researchersand clinicians.

To help tackle the pervasive challenge of chronic pain — stemming from conditions like cancer, muskulo-skeletal pain, endometriosis, and migraines— we aim to raise over $1 million per year. Our mission is clear: to be a global leader in comprehensive pain management solutions, lightening the community’s burden of pain, and helping people live their lives to the full. You can help this vital work.

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Tackling the Opioid Crisis

Integrated care pathways for chronic pain

Preventing chronic post-surgical pain

Clinical trials of new pain therapies

We need volunteers to help at our functions. Hold a Pain Foundation event of your own, or join our Fundraising Committee. 


To help conquer chronic pain, you can support one of our key research projects, make a regular donation, or leave a bequest.

patient stories

Adding to physical and emotional experience of pain is the frustration of never feeling properly understood by doctors, family and friends. Here are some stories of people who have conquered their pain with the help of PMRI’s ADAPT course.

Pain Journey following knee complaint – Paul Hotz

Retired Pain Foundation Board Member, Paul Hotz Paul’s pain journey started with a minor meniscus problem, which led to many surgeries, a diagnosis of Staphylococcus ...
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Pain Champion – Invictus Medallist

Thanks to Painaustralia, we are pleased to share the full-length video of Pain Champion, Peter Rudland, as he tells his story of remarkable challenge and ...
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Hayley Leake – New Champion for Painaustralia

In September, Painaustralia welcomed our newest Pain Champion, Australian Survivor sole winner, Hayley Leake. Hayley is a physiotherapist and pain researcher. After working clinically for ...
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Living with Migraine – Sophie Scott

ABC’s Medical Reporter, Sophie Scott, Painaustralia’s Pain Champion Living with a condition like migraine can be tricky for people to understand.  While pain is definitely ...
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Tara Moss – new Pain Champion

Source: Painaustralia Since 1999 Tara Moss has written 13 bestselling books, published in 19 countries and 13 languages. Her latest is the internationally bestselling historical ...
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Simone’s Story

Simone 39, was 20 years old, studying to be a concert pianist, newly married and driving with her husband, when a car accident left her ...
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Steve’s Story

"I was a cop for 20 years, mostly in plain clothes. In 1995, I was walking along a footpath, when a four-wheel drive ran off ...
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Ross’s Story

Ross had suffered persistent excruciating pain in his back and legs since 1991, when he fell down a flight of stairs in the watchtower while ...
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Rebecca’s story 

"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 ...
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Barbara’s story

Barbara Walker suffered chronic pain after a breast cancer operation, crossed the world in search of a cure, and finally entered the PMRI ADAPT course, ...
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