National advocacy body Painaustralia is calling for pain treatment in aged care to be overhauled including the adequate funding of pain assessments.
It is estimated up to 80 per cent of aged care residents have chronic pain, according to Painaustalia, which advocates for improved understanding and treatment of acute, chronic and cancer pain.
Painaustralia CEO Carol Bennett said the Aged Care Funding Instrument did not provide adequate funding for pain assessments or support of appropriate person-centred care plans.
She said reform was urgently needed.
“Our residential aged care facilities are falling short of managing chronic pain and current federal funding provision does not support evidence-based best-practice care,” Ms Bennett said. Read more..