Representatives from professional associations, consumer groups and government met in Canberra on 11 March to review the draft National Pain Strategy and to recommend priorities for implementing the strategy objectives. The Australian College of Ambulance Professionals was represented by Bill Lord from the Department of Community Emergency Health and Paramedic Practice at Monash University. The Summit was opened by the Federal Minister for Health, The Hon. Nicola Roxon MP.

The genesis for this meeting and the development of the National Pain Strategy arose from evidence of significant barriers to relief from pain. Almost 200 delegates met in Canberra on 11 March to review and prioritise the goals and objectives contained within the National Pain Strategy.

The development of the National Pain Strategy represents a “world first” coordinated and multidisciplinary approach to improving the care of individuals experiencing pain. Paramedic practice should be informed by the Strategy recommendations, as these have the potential to enhance the quality of care for people with pain in community emergency health settings.

Following the Summit meeting the recommendations from delegates will be incorporated in the final document. The National Pain Strategy is available at http://www.painsummit.org.au/strategy/Strategy-NPS.pdf