Support and Advocacy
Should your problem require more attention than advocacy or legal assistance, perhaps one of the following numbers, or groups may be of assistance:
Call Pain Link on 1300 340 357
"Waking up every morning in pain can be overwhelming... thanks for helping"
We do not want you incurring unwanted expense by calling a 1300 number from a mobile. For this reason, APMA has moved to a call back service. Leave a message and one of our trained peer coaches will return your call. When calling from a Private number, APMA cannot access it, so always leave your number so we can get back to you.
The Pain Link helpline offers a lifeline to individuals distressed by living with unrelieved pain and its impacts. Our volunteers clarify issues, assist with action planning, provide practical tips, refer to appropriate services and most importantly listen to your needs to ameliorate the impacts causing the greatest distress to you.
Pain Link is one of the few ways that Australians in regional and rural areas, or who are house bound, can be supported by peer guides who have become adept at managing their own pain and have the skills to pass on this knowledge to others.
Our Pain Link guides also deliver ongoing health coaching for an increasing number of callers who require this rolling assistance.
Currently, many organisations including Drug Arm, emergency departments, pain management services, Lifeline, GP’s and other health professionals, refer clients to Pain Link.
Suicide Prevention Subcommittee
The Purple Bucket Foundation Inc. (TPBF), and the Australian Pain Management Association (APMA), intend to draw attention to the underlying and unseen effects Complex Regional Pain Syndrome (CRPS), and Persistent Pain, have on those living with the conditions; both directly and indirectly.
This suicide prevention subcommittee is not about opioid tapering, enforced or otherwise, although we appreciate this issue may arise in connection with our enquiries and research.
TPBF and APMA believe the CRPS and Persistent Pain communities are, by definition of their mental health issues, an at-risk population, and require as a joint community, and as individual patients, the respect and care demonstrated to all and any other at-risk patient.
Together we are a unified approach to mental health and suicide prevention.
Disability advocacy is acting, speaking or writing to promote, protect and defend the human rights of people with disability.
While there are other advocacy groups, and certainly some in areas not mentioned here, these are the groups who have given us permission to publish their links on our website. A full printable list is available.
Disability Advocacy Organisations
Women With Disabilities Australia (WWDA) - wwda.org.au
New South Wales
Action on Disability within Ethnic Communities (ADEC) - adec.org.au
Assert 4 All (A4All) (formerly Barwon disability Resource Council) - bdrc.org.au
Disability Discrimination Legal Service Inc. (DDLS) - ddls.org.au
Rights information & Advocacy Centre Inc. (RIAC) - riac.org.au
Southern Disability Advocacy - southernda.org.au
The Purple Bucket Foundation Inc. are financial members of Suicide Prevention Australia and signatories of the Life in Mind National Communications Charter.