Painaustralia is preparing our Pre-Budget Submission which will articulate our priorities for the 2018-19 Budget, areas requiring investment and associated economic and social benefits of minimising the pain burden in Australia. It will call for better investment in pain management services to bring about significant health benefits for people living with pain and their families, and the wider community.
The Government has stated the 2018-19 Budget will continue its focus on budget repair while also supporting fairness, opportunity and security for all Australians. In this context, the priorities of the National Pain Strategy remain critical, as well as specific short to medium term measures.
The focus of the submission will be on key aspects of the current National Pain Strategy, particularly:
Empowered and knowledgeable consumers and communities
Access to multi-disciplinary care, including in regional areas
Support for research that deepens our understanding of pain and its impact on the community
The views of our members in shaping the priorities for this submission are critical and we welcome input particularly from health professionals, researchers and consumers.
We strongly welcome your engagement and will keep you updated as we progress this important policy document, which must be lodged with Treasury by 15 December 2017.
If you would like to discuss any aspect of the 2018-19 Pre-Budget submission please contact Louise Moes, Painaustralia Director Policy and Engagement: firstname.lastname@example.org or 02 6232 5588.