Pain BC. Changing Pain. Changing Minds.
June 2018 Update
From Our Executive Director, Maria Hudspith 
Pain BC is excited about the momentum building here in BC with increased awareness about pain, more research being conducted and the development of new services. There's also a deepening commitment from many decision makers to take action on pain. 
What's happening elsewhere across Canada? 
In Alberta, the Alberta Pain Society (APS) is working with Alberta Health Services to create a provincial pain strategy. In addition to this, the APS continues to plan for their annual conference for health care providers. The People in Pain Network lead a pain self-management support group based in Edmonton as well. 
In Saskatchewan, a group of patient advocates, clinicians, researchers and other stakeholders have created SaskPain. Together, this group is working towards a provincial strategy, advancing change in practice through education and sharing links and resources to raise awareness in their province. 
In Ontario, the Ministry of Health and Long Term Care recently announced an influx of new funding to expand access to interdisciplinary pain services and to support Project ECHO Ontario. Through Project ECHO, a new videoconferencing training program has been created for health care providers, and new and expanded clinics are available for children, youth and adults living with pain.
Quebec has a system of interdisciplinary pain services across their province, a strong Pain Research Network (QPRN) and the Quebec Association of Chronic Pain (AQDC), a very successful advocacy organization made up of thousands of Quebec residents who live with chronic pain. 
Nova Scotia has the most developed pain services in Eastern Canada, with a few interdisciplinary pain clinics and the Dalhousie Pain Network, a collaborative learning network for clinicians, researchers and educators. There is little in the way of pain-specific care or support in the other Maritime provinces or Newfoundland/Labrador. 
While efforts have been made towards developing a national pain strategy - most notably in 2012 - this remains a critical gap. There is a consensus in the pain community about what national strategies should involve: education for patients and clinicians, improved access to pain assessment and treatment, more pain research, better data, and stigma reduction/public awareness. The question is how we can get there. Many point to Australia where Pain Australia, a broad coalition led by a charismatic thought leader, successfully advocated for - and secured - a national strategy with funding to implement it.
I hope that with the continued advocacy from all our provinces, we can move towards a similar coalition in Canada. The voices of people living with pain, their families, and clinicians who provide care to them are critical in making this a reality. Thank you for lending your voice and support as a part of Pain BC! 
Live Plan Be  Connect for Health
MOVEment Day 2018 
June 16th, 2018
Join Pain BC on June 16th, 2018 for our third annual MOVEment Day fundraiser. MOVEment Day encourages people in pain and their supporters to participate in any form of movement, while raising awareness and funds to provide better supports and resources to the 1 in 5 who live with pain in BC.
How can you get involved in MOVEment day this year?
  1. If you live with chronic pain, pledge to MOVE!
  2. Share your ideas, planned activities, photos, and videos for MOVEment Day 2018 on our social media channels using #PainBCMOVEment
  3. Donate to support a Movement Pledger or pledge to MOVE and fundraise!
  4. If you are part of a wellness-oriented business or organization, you can support MOVEment Day by donating or contacting to set up a class or team event benefitting Pain BC.
Support Movement Day by signing up for a class at one of the following participating studios:
Attend any of the following CHANGEpain seminars:
Looking for some MOVEment ideas and tips? Check out the following articles:
Donations to MOVEment Day are tax-deductible and will directly support Pain BC’s mission to improve the lives of people in pain. Please join us! 
Mindfulness and Self-Compassion with Sarah Jarvis 
Pain Waves Podcast

Sarah Jarvis, Registered Clinical Counsellor (RCC), first began exploring self-compassion as a much needed practice in her personal life. In this episode, she discusses how mindfulness and self-compassion can help people in pain increase their overall wellbeing by decreasing any underlying anxiety, stress, suffering and harmful self-criticisms that may be associated with their pain.
Pain BC Webinar Series on myoActivation 
The myoActivation System of Pain Care (Part 1) 
Recording now available
In the first of Pain BC's two-part series on myoActivation, Dr. Greg Siren, BSc MD CCFP FCFP explained the myoActivation trigger point injection-based treatment modality being used for people living with chronic pain by clinicians at the myo Clinic, BC Children's Hospital, Downtown Eastside Community Health Centre and CHANGEpain clinic. 
myoActivation: A Systematic Approach to Pediatric Complex Pain Care (Part 2)
Jun 14, 2018 from 12-1pm PST
In the second of Pain BC's two-part series of webinars on myoActivation, Dr. Gillian Lauder, MB BCh, FRCA, FRCPC, CPE will discuss myoActivation in the context of her complex pain practice at BC Children’s Hospital, using a case-based approach to highlight key differences in the utilization of myoActivation in children.
Chronic Pain Management for Chiropractors 
Workshop available in Vancouver
This workshop is intended for chiropractors or chiropractic students interested in developing or enhancing sound clinical skills in the assessment and treatment of people living with complex and chronic pain. This innovative evidence-based session will explore the best practices of biopsychosocial chronic pain management in the context of real clinical case studies. 
Sep 29-30, 2018 - Vancouver: Register now
Note: register before Jun 30, 2018 to receive an additional $20 off the early-bird fee.
Update: CPSBC Standard on the Safe Prescribing of Opioids and Sedatives 
Revised Standard published on Jun 4, 2018
Pain BC is encouraged to see the progress made in the revised Standard on the Safe Prescribing of Opioids and Sedatives, with the College now recognizing that patients who are on, or asking for, opioids must not be discriminated against or abandoned by their doctors. If you're a person in pain with concerns about your care, we encourage you to bring the revised Standard to the attention of your primary care provider.
Request for Feedback: Primary Care Waitlist Survey 
If you're a person in pain who has experienced difficulty in obtaining a family physician or nurse practitioner, the Ministry of HealthDoctors of BC and regional health authorities would like your input on how they can improve upon the current health care system in BC.
Those interested can participate in two ways:
  1. Participate in a 2-hour workshop in either: Victoria, Vancouver or Prince George (details below)
  2. Email to be interviewed at a time convenient for you
Request for Feedback: Partnering on Pain Survey 
The Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR), Saskatchewan Health Research Foundation (SHRF), CHEO Research Institute, Sick Kids Hospital, Dalhousie University and Alberta Children's Hospital would like your help in identifying the top 10 research priorities for pediatric chronic pain across Canada through this short survey. The survey will remain open until July 2018.
Petition: Zero-rate Medical Cannabis from Tax 
Available until Jun 15, 2018
The following petition, sponsored by Member of Parliament (MP) Don Davies, seeks your support in asking the federal government to exempt medical cannabis from tax. This practice is already adopted for all other prescription medications in Canada, and although research into the effectiveness of cannabis is limited, cannabis can be effective in the treatment and/or management of many health conditions, including those that involve chronic pain.
Key elements of the petition include:
  • The federal government’s newly announced proposal to apply excise taxes to medical cannabis, in addition to the existing sales tax, will disadvantage Canadians seeking relief from symptoms including pain, seizures, and insomnia.
  • Applying any tax to medically prescribed cannabis is inconsistent with the taxation of all other prescription medicines, which are zero-rated;
  • Taxes applied to medical cannabis create financial barriers to health and well-being for patients, and discourage Canadians from accessing the regulated medical cannabis system;
  • Patients already pay sales tax on medical cannabis and aren’t eligible for reimbursement under most insurance plans in Canada.
  • A tax exemption would would provide an incentive for patients to obtain medical cannabis as part of an integrated and managed treatment program overseen by their physician. It would also encourage the development of cannabis-derived drugs of known quality, strength, and composition by federally licensed providers.
Jun 26, 2018 - 8:30 am PT
This webinar will present what is known about established risk factors for stroke, as well as what has been found in recent research on the associations between psychosocial work environment and the risk for stroke.
Jul 18, 2018 - 11:00 am PT
More details coming soon.
Jul 26, 2018 - 11:00 am PT
More details coming soon.
Aug 9, 2018 - 11:00 am PT
This webinar will explore evidence from 56 systematic reviews on factors influencing return-to-work outcomes across health conditions.
Pain BC is a program partner for the Chronic Pain Webinar Series hosted by the Work Wellness and Disability Prevention Institute. 
Jun 14, 2018 - 12 pm PT
In this webinar, Dr. Gillian Lauder will discuss myoActivation in the context of her complex pain practice at BC Children’s Hospital, using a case-based approach to highlight key differences in the utilization of myoActivation in children.
This workshop is intended for chiropractors or students of chiropractic interested in developing or enhancing sound clinical skills in the assessment and treatment of people living with complex and chronic pain.
Sept 29, 2018 - Vancouver Register now
This workshop provides RMTs with an opportunity to learn how modifications of traditional massage therapy practices can increase success and improve outcomes for people in pain.
Sept 30, 2018 - Kelowna Register now
Oct 14, 2018 - Vancouver Register now
Pain BC programs and initiatives are funded, in whole or in part, by the Government of British Columbia.
In the News
In the News 
The Canadian Medical Association recently discussed terminating the medical cannabis program once recreational cannabis becomes legalized in Canada. 
This article provides an overview of cannabidoil (CBD) oil, its use and potential side effects for pain management, while also noting that more research is needed on its long-term use.
The BC government recently announced the launch of a new primary health-care strategy that will aim to deliver faster and improved health care access for all British Columbians.
The following article briefly discusses the results of a recent study, in which Pain BC partnered with researchers from Quebec to explore the impact of the opioid crisis on people living with pain.

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