Paediatric pain management is a global public health issue, with chronic pain affecting an estimated 15 -20% of children worldwide.
Research shows chronic pain has a direct impact on mental health, with many children exhibiting signs of depression and anxiety, and an increased risk of self-harm. For children, pain itself can become disabling, causing them to miss school, stop physical activities and withdraw from social networks.
Our funding support will help Support Kids in Pain (SkiP) to deliver five SKiP Pain Management Programs at their community venue in Brisbane, modeled on a tailored multidisciplinary approach to pain management.
By working with a coordinated team of clinicians, including paediatric pain specialists, psychologists, physiotherapists and occupational therapists, the children learn a variety of techniques for managing their pain, including; understanding pain physiology, relaxation, healthy sleep, coping with emotions, and return to meaningful activities.
SKiP also includes practical advice for parents on issues such as returning to work, self-care and lifestyle pacing.
Research indicates that persistent pain in childhood, if not adequately treated, may turn into a lifetime of chronic disability.
By stepping in early and factoring in the physiological, psychological and social factors impacting on each child's condition, they will gain a holistic and individualised understanding of their pain and how to manage it.