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 crime novel The War Widow.

Her first non-fiction book, the critically acclaimed The Fictional Woman became a number one national non-fiction bestseller in 2014, and her iconic cover design, featuring her face labeled with ‘fictions’ or stereotypes about women won Best Non-Fiction Book Design in 2015

“I was honoured to be asked by Painaustralia to become a Pain Champion, and after some careful consideration decided to accept this honorary role with the aim of further opening up discussions about chronic pain in Australia. It isn’t an easy topic, for me or for others, and it isn’t discussed enough. I think that has been harmful, as stigma and misunderstandings around pain really do impact the lived experiences of those dealing with pain on a daily basis.”

“Pain in itself is a massive challenge to deal with on a daily basis – it is embodied, it affects energy, mood, impairment and ability – but on top of that, the fact that it is invisible makes it harder for others to understand and to respond appropriately, whether that be colleagues, family, friends or health professions. Misconceptions about pain abound. I think it is within our power to change that, and improve the lives of people with pain in the process.”