Five weeks ago, local clinical psychologist Lynne Magor-Blatch commenced the first chronic pain management program here in Yass with 10 enthusiastic participants, who are finding huge benefits from this holistic approach to pain management.

The group has been incredibly lucky to secure funding for a second program, which will commence this week. This is a free six-week program with two follow-up sessions, funded by Coordinaire, the Primary Health Network and in conjunction with the Agency for Clinical Innovation (ACI).

The program is run by Lynne and movement therapist and Feldenkrais practitioner Eva Culek.

Pain is something that almost everyone experiences. However, what may be surprising to learn is that around 20 per cent of the population have what is called chronic or persistent pain.

Chronic pain is described as having pain for at least three months on most days. It affects more than 3.2 million Australians and impacts the person’s work, sleep and relationships.

Deloitte Access Economics has shown that the costs of chronic pain in Australia are high – $73.2 billion dollars in 2018, equating to $22,588 per person with chronic pain.

Although there was an information session recently for the new program and there are several participants ready to go, there are still a couple of places remaining in the new workshop.

If you are 16 years or older and experiencing low to moderate chronic pain, then consider participating in this free workshop. Manage your chronic pain through a program that combines a medical, psychological and social approach, with exercises tailored to your abilities.

Please contact Lynne Magor-Blatch on 0422 904 040 or by email psychology@magorblatchconsulting.com

While Lynne hopes there will be further funding in the next financial year for more programs this is still to be confirmed. So don’t let this chance slip by get in touch if you are interested in this approach to chronic pain.