The Pain Foundation has been raising money to support research, education and advocacy since 1996. Our research priorities are detailed here. Education includes a supportive role in the online Masters and Diploma in Pain Management run by the staff of PMRI within the University of Sydney. Education and advocacy includes support for Pain Australia a national organization which emerged from the National Pain Summit under the guidance of Professor Michael Cousins the founder of PMRI and Pain Foundation.
Our funding comes from three main areas:
- grants from philanthropic organisations
- partnerships with organisations
- individual bequests and donations
For news about the latest Pain Education Partnership initiative with TDM Growth Parnters, CLICK HERE.
In recent years, fund-raising events have been supported or hosted by the following organisations:
- Ernst & Young
- Storage King
- ASX Refinitiv Charity Foundation
- NSW Doctors’ Orchestra
Partnerships have developed with several entities keen to sponsor research in particular fields of common interest. These include:
- TDM Growth Partners in conjuction with Hearts & Minds Investments
- Motor Accident Authority
- Australia Post
- NSW Ministry of Health, who has designated PMRI as the Lead Site for chronic pain research
- Faculty of Medicine & Health, University of Sydney, Level 2 Research Centre since 2011
- ‘Neuroscience, Pain and Ageing’ Priority Research Area (‘PRA’) of the Kolling Institute of Medical Research (a joint venture of the University of Sydney and Northern Sydney Local Health District)
- Commonwealth Department of Health
- EML who was an initial partner in our ‘WISE’ study – Workplace Injury Screening and Early Prevention Study
- Avant Insurance, icare and NSW Office of Health & Medical Research – who sponsored the Opioid-Tapering Conference in November 2019
- Small Animal Specialist Hospital (‘SASH’) – practitioner wellbeing study
We acknowledge the significant financial support from various private and family entities who have seen fit to contribute to a range of research and education projects in recent years. These include:
- Andrew McNaughtan Foundation (Scholarship, plus research)
- G & P Nock Foundation (Scholarship and scientific equipment)
- Kennard Family (scientific equipment, Neurobiology of Pain Lab)
- Protrust Pty Ltd (neuromodulation study)
- Salteri Family (opioid-tapering study, equipment for neuromodulation study)
- Woodend Trust, administered by Perpetual Trustees
Some benefactors choose to remain anonymous and we respect their wishes in this regard.
No donation is too small or too large! We have a community of about 100 ‘Friends of Pain Research’ who regularly donate amounts that range from $20 to $5,000. Tax-deductible receipts are issued promptly after funds are deposited.