BN Health Forum Brisbane: A World of Hurt - Pain Management, Ethics and the Law

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Thursday, 22 August 2024
Forum sessions: 4:00pm | Networking & drinks: 6:15pm
The Grove Rooftop | 480 Queen Street, Brisbane

Chronic pain is a widespread issue in Australia affecting approximately 1 in 5 people across all ages, and 1 in 3 people over the age of 65. Not only does it burden sufferers personally, but it imposes significant socio-economic costs on the nation, estimated at $73.2 billion annually, with $48.3 billion attributed to lost productivity.

The historical reliance on opioids and pharmacological treatments for chronic pain has fuelled an opioid crisis in countries like Australia and the US. In Australia, this crisis results in nearly 150 hospitalisations and 14 emergency admissions daily, with three daily deaths linked to opioid use. Concerns have also arisen about the increasing use of treatments like spinal fusion surgery for chronic back pain, potentially driven more by financial motives than therapeutic considerations.

In response, the Australian Government has prioritised chronic pain as a national health policy issue, aiming to enhance access to and understanding of best practice pain management through its National Strategy Action Plan For Pain Management. This plan emphasises a multidisciplinary approach that considers biological, psychological, and social factors as essential in chronic pain treatment. Despite this policy shift, barriers remain for consumers, especially in rural and remote areas, to access such comprehensive care.

With an impressive line-up of industry experts, BN’s Brisbane Health Forum will delve into the critical intersection of pain management, ethics, and the law, and unpack how we navigate these complex issues as a society in order to find a solution.

We are also excited to be joined by our keynote speaker, World Champion Ski Aerialist, Jacqui Cooper. Representing Australia in aerial skiing for over 20 years, Jacqui has experienced firsthand the physical and psychological challenges of chronic pain, its management, and treatment. Her story is one of self-belief, passion, triumph, tragedy, and the ability to overcome adversity, making her a powerful voice on the issue of pain management.

BN’s Health Forum is a must attend event for all professionals working in or alongside healthcare and life sciences who want to stay up-to-date on the trends and issues affecting the sector. But be quick, registration is free and places are limited.

Following the final session, attendees are invited to continue the conversation over drinks and canapes.

Program

  • Session 1: Keynote address presented by Jacqui Cooper, World Champion Aerial Skier

    We are thrilled to introduce you to our keynote speaker, World Champion Aerial Skier, Jacqui Cooper. Representing Australia in aerial skiing for over 20 years, Jacqui has experienced firsthand the physical and psychological challenges of chronic pain, its management, and treatment, and will share her unique story.

    Following Jacqui’s keynote, we will conduct a Q&A session to delve into her experiences of overcoming adversity, gain firsthand insights on pain management from Jacqui’s perspective, and explore the distinction between relying on mental strength and medication.

  • Session 2: Panel Discussion - A World of Hurt: Pain Management, Ethics and the Law

    Joined by an impressive line-up of industry expert panellists, BN will explore the critical intersection between pain management, ethics, and the law, and how we navigate this complex issue as a society. Stay tuned – panellists will be announced soon!

Meet our speakers

  • Jacqui Cooper, World Champion Aerial Skier

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    Representing Australia in aerial skiing for over 20 years, Jacqui Cooper has a long and decorated career, including competing in 139 World Cup events, nine World Championships, and being selected in five Winter Olympic Teams. With a record five World Titles, 39 World Cup medals, 24 World Cup wins and three Major World Championship medals, she has earned the title as the greatest aerial skier of all time.

    Her sport is unforgiving. Having endured knee, elbow, shoulder, and hip reconstructions, and breaking her back in 2001 during an attempt to win a record third World Title, Jacqui is no stranger to the challenges of pain management and intensive rehabilitation. Her story is one of self-belief, passion, triumph, tragedy, and the ability to overcome adversity.

    In between training and competing in events, Jacqui devotes much of her time to various sporting committees around the world and is a voice for her peers at a national and international level. She has served on various boards, including the Australian Olympic Committee (AOC) Board, the AOC Athlete’s Commission (Deputy Chair), the Ski and Snowboard Australia Board, and the Australian Institute of Sport Athletes Commission, to name a few. Jacqui also dedicates her time to speaking to students about living a healthy lifestyle, including throughout remote Aboriginal communities.

    Throughout her career, Jacqui has received numerous awards, including the Victorian 'Young Australian of the Year' for Sport, Victorian Sports Woman of the Year, and Ski and Snowboard Athlete of the Year. In 2008, she was honoured with the ‘Governor’s Award’ at the Vic Sports Awards for being a role model, a champion, and a successful woman in both sport and life. Since 2010, she has served as La Trobe Financial's Company Ambassador.

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