Pain: Finding the way forward with psychology
In its 18th year, Psychology Week is promoting the role of psychology in helping people with pain.
Chronic pain affects about 20% of the Australian population. Psychological treatments have been found to be effective in improving function and reducing distress associated with pain. The aim of Psychology Week 2020 is to increase public understanding of how psychology can help with pain.
We are collaborating 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 is to examine the level of need for pain treatment in Australia and factors hindering and facilitating access to psychological treatment.
We will also be developing resources to promote awareness of how psychologists can help with pain and tips for coping with pain.
We will be promoting resources, messages and information about pain via social media (#psychweek). Our members will be encouraged to host local events for the public on the topic of pain.
Psychology Week 2020 community survey
For Psychology Week 2020, the Australian Psychological Society and Australian College of Applied Psychology are conducting an online survey “Australians’ experience of pain and its treatment”.
The survey will help us better understand the numbers of Australians with acute and chronic pain and the extent to which Australians with pain are able or willing to access psychological treatment.
The research has been approved by the Human Research Ethics Committee of the Australian College of Applied Psychology (approval #599290520).
All Australian adults who are able to complete a 10-20 minute online survey are eligible, including those with no pain, mild pain or severe 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.