CANADIAN PAIN STRATEGY INITIATIVE
The Canadian Pain Strategy Initiative started with the Canadian Pain Summit and the events leading up to that Summit. The blueprint for a Canadian Pain Strategy was developed and released and as described below was endorsed and celebrated at the Summit. To date we have not been successful in getting the federal government to form a task force to develop and implement a Canadian Pain Strategy. We believe a national pain strategy is the best way to assure access to best practice pain care for all Canadians from the time of birth to the end of life. We will continue to advocate for this. Please join us, read on to see what we are doing and how you can help.
CANADIAN PAIN SUMMIT - a great success!
Over 200 delegates representing 131 professional and consumer groups interested in pain gathered in Ottawa on April 24, 2012 for the Canadian Pain Summit. Leaders in pain management, professional organizations (eg. Canadian Medical Association, Canadian Nurses Association the Arthritis Alliance), ethics and human rights spoke about the importance of doing a better job of treating pain in Canada. The blueprint for a Canadian Pain Strategy was endorsed and advocacy for adoption and implementation continues.
To view the Summit keynote presentations:
CALL TO ACTION:
Need for a National Pain Strategy in Canada
Do you believe all Canadian children deserve access to the best practice in pain care? If you require surgery, do you want your post-0perative pain treated properly?
If you suffer a painful injury requiring treatment in an emergency department, do you want to be sure that your pain will be properly assessed and treated?
Do you want your doctor or healthcare professional to be at least as well-educated in treating pain as a veterinarian is?
If you answered YES to any of these questions, please endorse the Canadian Pain Strategy. Click on the Endorse the Pain Strategy button, located on the upper right of this homepage. The Canadian Pain Strategy is supported by the Canadian Pain Society (CPS) and the Canadian Pain Coalition (CPC)
Make your voice heard!
Download the "Call to Action" poster today
We encourage you to display the "Call to Action" poster in a prominent place, so Canadians from coast to coast to coast can sign on and urge their MPs to fund and support the Canadian Pain Strategy.
CANADIAN PAIN SUMMIT 2012 Highlights
"Access to pain management is a fundamental human right".
Excerpt from the: Declaration of Montreal, IASP - International Association for the Study of Pain - September 3, 2010
The Canadian Pain Summit was held on Tuesday, April 24, 2012 at the historic Fairmont Chateau Laurier hotel in Ottawa, Ontario, Canada.
It was a successful event with over 200 delegates representing 131 organizations which affirmed the need for a Canadian Pain Strategy.
Confirmed Guest Speakers
Renowned medical ethicist with a passionate commitment to people's human right to have proper access to pain management, Dr. Margaret Somerville will deliver a keynote address at the Canadian Pain Summit 2012. Dr. Somerville is Founding Director of the McGill Centre for Medicine, Ethics and Law, located in Montreal, Quebec.
Dr. Michael J. Cousins, Professor of Anaesthesia at the University of Australia will also speak about the Australian experience at the Canadian Pain Summit 2012. Dr. Cousins was Chair of the Australia Pain Summit, held in March 2010 and he will share his observations about progress of pain management in Australia.
Dr. Kathleen M. Foley is an attending Neurologist in the Pain & Palliative Care Service at Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center, located in New York City. Dr. Foley will address international initiatives dealing with cancer pain.
Jonathan Cohen, LL.B is Project Director of the Law & Health Initiative, a division of the Open Society Foundations Public Health Program. Mr. Cohen will be speaking about pain treatment as a basic human right.