Any effort to help injured workers and rectify the workers' compensation system is going to meet me with a very stern look of doubt on my face. It's also going to take a great deal of change for me to believe that any Governing body is keen to take action and that they will be able to follow through. It's going to take a great deal of change and support and sadly it won't make up for the trauma and loss suffered in the past. Is it possible that a Government group can swing all the bad it's done (and doing) and transform into a truly supportive system? Can Victorian workers and employers feel confident that if in the case of a work accident, a system that supports injured workers and employers will exist? And where possible will this system be able to find a way to return workers to some form of work? To me, it seems that to land another man on the moon is going to be far more possible.
In what's becoming a life trek in the aim of defining my ongoing pain issue, there's a pattern I'm beginning to see. Most often when I read educational material and it feels like it's beginning to gell with my experience, I feel a suction begins to the words. I'm drawn into the paragraphs of the researcher/s and excitement kicks in. 'I'm going to find the definition, this person is speaking my language!' It gets wilder and wilder – think Willy Wonka's crazy boat ride (below, but hold on to your pelvis!) and the findings and resources amount to great support material. I begin to believe – 'this is IT!' But Like Willy Wonka's crazy boat ride, somewhere along the way it gets freaky, the definition starts to go off my track and as I keep reading I'm feeling that I'm coming unstuck.
OLIVE Study: A Five-Year Longitudinal Study of Psychosocial and Treatment Factors Associated with Persistent Genital Arousal Disorder Letter of Information INVESTIGATORS: Robyn Jackowich MSc, & Caroline F. Pukall, PhD Department of Psychology, [...]
FREE Pain Education events are coming to your town! If you’ve been following my blog, you would have read that this year I’ve decided not to look into research so much. I’ve [...]
A few months before I decided to ease on the advocacy, I contacted my dear friend Dr John Quintner asking him if he was up for a followup interview. Ever willing to [...]
Researchers at the University of Tasmania would love to hear from women (and their partners) who experience various forms pf persistent pelvic pain. The research is aimed at increasing the [...]
The Mexican artist Frida Kahlo (1907–1954) is one of the most celebrated artists of the 20th century. Although famous for her colorful self-portraits and associations with celebrities Diego Rivera and Leon Trotsky, less known is the fact that she had lifelong chronic pain. Frida Kahlo developed poliomyelitis at age 6 years, was in a horrific trolley car accident in her teens, and would eventually endure numerous failed spinal surgeries and, ultimately, limb amputation. She endured several physical, emotional, and psychological traumas in her lifetime, yet through her art, she was able to transcend a life of pain and disability. Of her work, her self-portraits are conspicuous in their capacity to convey her life experience, much of which was imbued with chronic pain. Signs and symptoms of chronic neuropathic pain and central sensitization of nociceptive pathways are evident when analyzing her paintings and medical history. This article uses a narrative approach to describe how events in the life of this artist contributed to her chronic pain. The purpose of this article is to discuss Frida Kahlo's medical history and her art from a modern pain sciences perspective, and perhaps to increase our understanding of the pain experience from the patient's perspective.
I’m a member of PainAustralia, well, PainTrain is. As you all know I support and follow alot of the pain educators and advocates. Why? Because it’s important to support the organisations that [...]
Hawaa Dajan is a psychology honours student at USQ doing her research project on the relationship between emotional expression and pain/illness. Hawaa contacted me through FB and asked if I could share [...]
March 1, 2007 my life changed in a massive way. I’m not one for getting tense about anniversaries – it’s all too emotional and I feel it holds me back allowing pain [...]