Psychology Week 2021

Pain: Finding the way forward with psychology

The Australian Pain and Psychology Report 2020 has now been released.

In its 18th year, Psychology Week is promoting the role of psychology in helping people with pain.

More than a third (35%) of Australians experience chronic pain and for adults 65 years and older that goes up to almost 1 in 2 (49%). Psychological treatments have been found to be effective in improving function and reducing distress associated with pain.

The APS collaborated with the Australian College of Applied Psychology to conduct an online community survey of Australians’ experiences of pain and its treatment. The aim of the survey was to examine the level of need for pain treatment in Australia and factors hindering and facilitating access to psychological treatment.

The APS has also developed a range of resources to promote awareness of how psychologists can help with pain and tips for coping with pain. 


About Psychology Week

Psychology Week is an annual initiative of the Australian Psychological Society that aims to increase public awareness of how psychology can help Australians lead healthier, happier and more meaningful lives. 

The APS and its psychologist members use Psychology Week to demystify and communicate the depth, breadth and many benefits of psychology. Many Australians benefit from psychology every day, in almost every setting – from classroom to workplace, private clinics to large hospitals, sports fields, courtrooms and much more. 

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