National Pain Week
Chronic pain is a disabling and debilitating condition that can impact every aspect of a person’s existence.
It can affect everything from their ability to work to their overall enjoyment of life.
On top of the physical burden of living with constant pain, people with chronic pain also face significant financial and emotional burdens.
They are also are particularly susceptible to mental health issues, like anxiety and depression.
We know that many people with chronic pain believe that the existing system is woefully inadequate when it comes to treating their pain.
So we want to hear from the readers of the North West Star.
What is working?
What isn’t working?
And what do you think would be a better way to manage chronic pain in Australia?
National Pain Week is from July 24-30 in 2017.
National Pain Week aims to de-stigmatise the experiences of people living with chronic pain, to reduce the isolation many feel, and to raise awareness within the wider community.
As a community, we need to manage pain together and I strongly encourage your readers to share their stories, experiences and ideas on the www.nationalpainweek.org.au website, or on social media, using the hashtag #NPW2017.
On behalf of the one in five Australians living with chronic pain, thank you for your support.
Dr Coralie Wales
Chronic Pain Australia
Who stands up for migrants?
There have been some major votes in the House of Representatives lately.
Has our federal member, the dishonourable Bob Katter stood up for migrants that need help with English language teaching like his parents or grand parents needed?
I don't understand some of Bob's rants, that were supposedly in English, but not as we know it.
Dutton would ban you Bob.
One Nation wants people to have a greater understanding of English.
Pauline Hanson can't construct a simple coherent sentence.
Senator Malcolm Roberts takes stupid to new heights.
Bob, stop being a d—k.
Hanson, just shut up.
Roberts, you are delusional.
Support Daffodil Day
Friday August 25 is Daffodil Day, a day when 800,000 fresh daffodils will bloom with hope for cancer patients across Queensland.
Daffodil Day is dedicated to raising funds and saving lives, but we desperately need your help to make it a success.
Today we’re asking you to help us reach our target of 2000 volunteers who want to show they care for someone in their life impacted by cancer, by helping us to sell daffodils and gather donations.
Queenslanders can select from more than 280 locations to volunteer across the state.
Whether you can volunteer for a few hours, or the whole day, your efforts will make a significant difference in our race to raise $1.4 million in the fight against cancer.
I urge you to please volunteer this Daffodil Day in support of someone you know affected by cancer.
Register now via daffodilday.com.au/volunteer or call us on 1300 65 65 85.
Thank you for empowering us to continue our work for all Queenslanders, all cancers.
Together we can beat this dreaded disease.
Ms Chris McMillan
CEO, Cancer Council Queensland