Pain Champion – Invictus Medallist

Source: Painaustralia and RSL’s Veterans’ Health Week

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 triumph following a horrific Black Hawk helicopter crash.

Peter survived the fatal accident while serving with the army in Afghanistan, but sustained severe injuries and lives with chronic pain.

Painaustralia Patron and retired Australian Defence Force chief, Air Chief Marshal Sir Angus Houston AK, AFC (Ret’d), said Peter’s unbreakable spirit is to be commended. “Peter is a testament to the Australian spirit. His remarkable drive and perseverance to embrace his pain, find ways to not only live with it but to turn it into a positive, and influence the lives of others is a true feat.”

“We know that veterans tend to present a stoic and strong external attitude and the chronic pain that so often underlines the physical and mental health challenges often go unacknowledged as a key cause of ongoing poor health,” Sir Angus said.

Peter’s remarkable story is invaluable in advancing Painaustralia’s and Pain Foundation’s mission to improve pain management and understanding across Australia.