Chronic Pain Toolkit for Spinal Cord Injury to launch at Connections 2014


A newly developed online chronic pain toolkit for people with spinal cord injury will be launched at Connections 2014 on 13th October at the Royal Randwick Racecourse in Sydney.

The toolkit was created by the Pain Management Network for people with chronic pain and spinal cord injury, and for clinicians who manage the condition.

The Lifetime Care and Support Authority of NSW funded the development of the toolkit to help combat the condition and improve the daily quality of life for people with chronic pain and spinal cord injury.

An extensive consumer and clinician consultation process was used in the development of the products. The online chronic pain toolkit will include resources such as spinal cord injury pain strategies and plans, pain assessment forms, information, handy hints, useful links, and an interactive clinical pathway for spinal cord injury pain management.

The kit will also include videos based on the latest evidence in pain management, which are delivered by experts in the field. Video topics will include; understanding spinal cord injury and pain, getting help from health teams, pain and physical activity, pain lifestyle and nutrition, pain and thoughts, pain and sleep, pain and the role of medications, and how strategies can be implemented in daily routines of people with chronic pain and spinal cord injury.

In addition, Associate Professor James Middleton, Associate Professor Kathryn Nicholson Perry, Professor Phil Siddall and Lyndall Katte have created the spinal cord injury pain ‘Navigator’, a clinical decision support tool based on the latest scientific evidence in the field. The tool will be accessible on the Agency for Clinical Innovation’s website and guides clinicians (general practitioner, nurse or allied health practitioner) through the process of assessing, classifying and managing pain to produce a pain management plan.

Associate Professor James Middleton, Director and Chair of the ACI State Spinal Cord Injury Service stressed the importance of self-management in people with chronic pain and spinal cord injury.

“We know the best evidence for the most effective pain management is to arm the person with spinal cord injury and pain, with a range of skills and self-management strategies to build into daily life and routines,” he said.

Connections 2014 will bring together researchers, clinicians, decision-makers and the community in a single interactive forum to discuss spinal cord injury research Down Under.

The Spinal Cord Injury Network is an alliance of leading scientists, healthcare professionals, community members and other key stakeholders who are working together to improve treatments and find a cure for spinal cord injuries in Australia. Spinal cord injury research improves the quality of life for people with spinal cord injury. Donations are needed to help the Spinal Cord Injury Network fund spinal cord injury research, advocacy and support.

For more information or to register for Connections 2014 visit

To access the chronic pain toolkit visit after 13th October.

For more information about the Spinal Cord Injury Network visit

For interview opportunities, please contact:

Aurora Francois
Communications and Research Manager
The Spinal Cord Injury Network
P: +61 430 006 322

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