05 April 2017

Website helping to ease the pain

Consumer support for WA’s innovative painHEALTH website is showing no signs of slowing down, with the site recently recording its seven millionth hit.

Launched in 2013 as Australia’s first website dedicated to musculoskeletal pain, the painHEALTH website has recorded more than 7.1 million hits, with around 400 visitors, from more than 150 countries, accessing the site each day.

WA Chief Medical Officer Professor Gary Geelhoed said much of the website’s success was due to its consumer-friendly focus, which had been taken even further through recent upgrades.

“The painHEALTH website now includes an improved interface for use on smart devices, and a function which allows content relevant to the user to be ‘pulled forward’ as they interact with the system,” he said.

“We have also added new personal stories narrated by patients themselves, as well as a self-check quiz for all musculoskeletal pain – which consumers can print off and take to their health professional.

“These new items complement existing information, which has been prepared by leading clinicians and researchers from around Australia.”

The painHEALTH website offers practical, evidence-based ‘whole person’ pain management strategies for people with conditions such as osteoarthritis, low back and neck pain and rheumatoid arthritis.

The most popular pages are low back pain and fibromyalgia.

painHEALTH is a collaborative project between WA Health, Curtin University and the University of Western Australia and Fremantle Hospital, and is endorsed by the Australian Pain Society and the Australian Physiotherapy Association.

For more information, visit the painHEALTH website (external site).

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