The short blurb: In 20 years of pain research - of experiments, clinical trials and implementation projects, Pain Revolution
is the most exciting project I have been involved in. Our Local Pain Educator (LPE) Program is already changing lives. The enthusiasm, generosity, collaborative intent and support of communities, clinicians, scientists, advocacy groups and industry rumbles me deep in my belly. Pain Revolution is exhilarating and transformative. I am riding the 2019 Pain Revolution Tour because I am convinced that what we are doing is Truly Excellent and it really is part of the solution to this massive problem of persistent pain.
The long blurb: In mid 2016, Pain Revolution was an idea. In a few months it had a flicker of a pulse - extraordinary people were getting on board and community and advocacy organisations were coming together in a truly collaborative initiative. Somehow, we got our first Outreach Tour together, reaching 6 communities, raising $80k to kick off our innovative Local Pain Educator (LPE) Program. The 2018 Outreach Tour took things to another level - full houses at community events, another $80k for the LPE Program and that flickering pulse had become a strong heartbeat. Our first LPEs are now delivering outreach events in their communities, embedding the knowledge and skills locally to prevent and overcome persistent pain. Tasmania is abuzz in anticipation. Local government, industry and community groups are coming together.
But here is the rub: we need your support. The latest world burden of disease study clearly puts persistent pain problems at the top of the pile - no other health condition comes close to it in terms of years lived with disability and burden on our communities. And yet, it remains low on the list of priorities for research and government funding. For the moment, we rely on the generosity of sponsors to fund our LPE scholarships.
I know that there are many very important causes and all of them rely on generous people to support them. I can only say that I would be very grateful indeed if you saw a window to contribute to this. So, if you want to see fewer people disabled by persistent pain; if you want to support the LPE program; if you have a passion for improving the health and wellbeing of rural and regional communities; if you reckon my effort - to ride 800km and be part of outreach events on the way, then hit the 'Give Now' button.
From the bottom of my lycra, thanks.