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October 2022 Pain BC Newsletter
Looking forward to National Pain Awareness Week
From November 6-12, we will be joining together with our partners across the country during National Pain Awareness Week (NPAW) to raise awareness of chronic pain and call for action to make pain a priority.

The social media campaign brings together leaders in pain advocacy, research, and health care, with people with pain and their families to support the recommendations in Health Canada’s An Action Plan for Pain in Canada. The landmark report outlines the targeted actions necessary to improve outcomes for chronic pain and to reduce its impact on families, communities, and society.

Please join us to create dialogue and draw attention to chronic pain this National Pain Awareness Week by using Pain Canada’s social media toolkit, and by adding your voice to the conversation using the #NPAW2022 and #PrioritizePain hashtags. The toolkit includes ready-to-use social media messages and graphics on a range of pain-related topics. Last year, hundreds of organizations people across Canada took part in the campaign, generation 2.3 million impressions on social media.

Together, we will build a future where no one is alone with pain.
Pain BC programs, resources and updates
Are you interested in a Pain Support and Wellness Group for young adults (18-25)?
Take our survey

Are you a young person with pain who lives in BC? Would you attend a youth-focused Pain Support and Wellness Group? Please take a moment to complete our short, anonymous survey to help us determine the level of interest in Pain BC offering this option in our Pain Support and Wellness Group program.
Ask a pharmacist webinar
Free webinar happening on November 16 at 11:00AM PT over Zoom

Pain BC welcomes you to an educational webinar and Q&A with Dr. Karen Ng, who joins us from Fraser Health Authority where she is an Opioid Stewardship Clinical Pharmacy Specialist. Dr. Ng will be presenting pain-specific education around medications, as well as answering your questions.
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Apply to become a Coaching for Health volunteer
Online training begins on January 12

Are you interested in volunteering with Pain BC’s Coaching for Health program? We are currently seeking volunteers to participate in our upcoming training session. The training will be approximately 40 hours long, with a mix of self-guided online training and facilitated (live) online training sessions. The full training schedule is available here.

If you are interested and able to commit to the training according to the timeline, please complete our application form. Only candidates selected for an interview will be contacted. If you have any questions, please contact us at
Our supports for people with pain
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Knowledge is power. Learn to manage pain and improve well-being though our library of evidence-based articles on LivePlanBe or start a customized program on LivePlanBe+.
Connect with Pain Support Line staff to talk about your pain, find information on community resources, learn about pain and self-management, and much more.
Join an online group and build a community of support while learning about pain, pain management and coping strategies.
Receive one-on-one phone support and mentorship from a coach who will help you learn about self-management, regaining function and improving your well-being.
Gentle Movement @ Home: Guided movement and relaxation for pain

Gentle Movement @ Home free online videos provide guided movement and relaxation designed to help people with persistent pain learn to feel safe to move again. Topics include breath awareness and regulation, body tension regulation, and movement and relaxation techniques in both seated and standing positions.

The full collection of Gentle Movement @ Home videos are available to view for free via our YouTube channel.
Upcoming Pain BC and partner workshops, webinars and courses for health care providers
Pain Foundations for Allied Health Providers
Pain Foundations for Allied Health Providers is an online course designed for allied health care providers to improve their understanding of chronic pain and how to address the challenges of pain assessment and treatment. This practical, compact course allows learners to develop clinically relevant approaches to chronic pain management and develop a strong grounding in pain science to support further exploration. The course is free for health care providers in BC and offered at a modest cost for providers outside of BC.

Pain Foundations for Primary Care Providers
This practical, compact course allows physicians and nurse practitioners to develop clinically relevant approaches to chronic pain management, including non-pharmacological treatments and prescribing best practices. Learners will develop a strong grounding in pain science to support further exploration. The course is free for primary care providers in BC and offered at a modest cost for physicians and nurse practitioners outside of BC.

Gentle Movement and Relaxation course
This free, online course will equip physiotherapists and other therapeutic movement professionals with practical knowledge and teaching resources to lead their own movement and relaxation programs for people living with chronic pain.

The Gentle Movement and Relaxation course is currently available to BC health care providers only.

Pain BC relies on the generosity of our donors to deliver our programs and services. We gratefully acknowledge that many of our programs and services receive partial financial support from the Province of British Columbia, including Coaching for Health, the Pain Support Line, Pain Support and Wellness Groups, our chronic pain management workshops for health care providers, Gentle Movement and Relaxation course, LivePlanBe, Making Sense of Pain, Pain Foundations, and the Pain Waves podcast.
Other programs, opportunities and resources
The Canadian Ehlers Danlos Conference
This conference, held November 5, 2022, is free for people with pain

The Canadian Ehlers Danlos Conference is being held virtually on November 5, 2022, from 8:45AM to 4:00PM EST. This ILC Foundation event will cover topics such as genetic updates in our understanding of EDS, fostering better relationships between health care providers and patients, and knowledge mobilization. The conference is free to attend for people living with pain.
SickKids Minding Pain Conference
The event, held November 7-8, 2022, is free for people with pain

The SickKids Pain Centre's annual conference this year is during National Pain Awareness Week. This conference is in partnership with the Garry Hurvitz Centre for Brain & Mental Health. The event will present topics such as mental health and pain, knowledge mobilization, health equity, and pain in the developing brain. The conference is free to attend for people living with pain.
Research and engagement opportunities
Study: Processing emotions for youth with symptoms

Parents, do you have a child aged 11-18 with physical or emotional symptoms that interfere with their life? Researchers from BC Children's Hospital and the University of Victoria are looking to understand how children with different symptoms process emotions. The study takes place online and involves a brief Zoom meeting, followed by your child completing two questionnaires and a 25-minute computer game. Participants receive a $25 Starbucks gift card for their time.
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Study: Pain throughout the day

If you live with pain, does it change throughout the day? The CircaPain research team is studying how time of day impacts pain and wants to hear about your experience. This study is open to all adults who have had persistent pain for more than three months. Learn more and take the survey on CircaPain's website:
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Study: Chronic pain in serving military members, veterans and their children

Chronic pain can run in families. However, many children manage to avoid intergenerational pain. The Chronic Pain Centre of Excellence for Canadian Veterans and the University of Calgary want to better understand how pain can be transferred to children from their parents, and which factors affect this in a veteran/military population. Veterans, serving members and their children will be sent an online survey which will take 30-45 minutes to complete. Participants will each receive a $15 gift card. To learn more, contact the research team at or 403-210-7846.
In the news
New tools aim to improve care for people experiencing substance use stigma
Substance use stigma contributes to harm and barriers from care. The EQUIP Action Equity Kit aims to break down those barriers.
Why working from home matters for people living with chronic conditions
The pandemic allowed for more offices to transition to work-from-home models. The author of this article explains why that benefits people who are chronically ill and in the workforce.
What if we can't find the cause of chronic pain?
In her new YouTube video, chronic pain physician Dr. Andrea Furlan explains what happens when doctors can't find the cause of pain, as well as terminology for different types of pain.
When your life goals change because of chronic illness
As many people with chronic pain know, pain can have an impact on life goals. The author of this article shares how she coped with her goals changing as a result of chronic illness.
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