Useful Links

Links Persistent /Chronic Pain:

Some media viewing about chronic/persistent pain:



Great books/manuals on the Neurophysiology of Chronic Pain. These explain what is happening in the body/brain with persistent pain:


  • Book – “Explain Pain” by David Butler and Lorimer Moseley:  obtainable from the Neuro Orthopedic Institute Australia
  • Workbook – “Neuroplastic Transformation-Your brain on Pain” Dr Michael Moscowitz & Marla Golden in


Consumer Support Organisations re Chronic/persistent Pain:

  • Chronic Pain Australia – A health promotion charity dedicated to reducing the social and other barriers to living with chronic pain.
  • Painaustralia – Painaustralia is a national not-for-profit body established to improve the treatment and management of pain in Australia.
  • The Australian Pain Management Association Inc. (APMA) – A health promotion charity providing advocacy, information and practical support for people living with chronic (persistent)pain and their families.

Professional Organisations re Chronic/persistent Pain:


  • The Australian Pain Society (APSOC) – The Australian Pain Society is a multidisciplinary organisation aiming to relieve pain and related suffering through advocacy and leadership in clinical practice, education and research.
  • The Faculty of Pain Medicine – Pain medicine is a multidisciplinary medical practice, recognised in Australia as a medical specialty in its own right.
  • Body in Mind Research into the role of the brain & mind in chronic pain. University of South Australia


Multidisciplinary Persistent Pain Management Services QLD Health. Queensland, Australia specific:




  • North Queensland Persistent Pain Management Service
  • Sunshine Coast Persistent Pain Management Service
  • The Professor Tess Cramond Multidisciplinary Pain Centre (Brisbane Northside)
  • Metro South Persistent Pain Management Service (Brisbane Southside)
  • Gold Coast Persistent Pain Management Service


Multidisciplinary Persistent Pain Programs. Private hospitals  (group programs) Brisbane, Australia specific:

Mindfulness Based Programs:

  • Breathworks an organisation offering mindfulness-based approaches to living well with chronic pain, illness and stress with teachers in over 15 countries. One can complete their 8 week program on line.
  • Openground Openground engages with individuals and organisations to promote the practice of mindfulness as a transformational process in health, education, and industry and community development. Openground run 8 week (1 night per week) MBSR (Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction) programs in Australia.
  • A free 6 week on-line course – Mindfulness for Wellbeing and Performance. Ass Prof Craig Hassad & Dr Richard Chambers (Monash University)

Other Mind Body Resources:


Shannon Harveys website The Whole Health Life for her wonderful documentary The Connection, providing evidence- based links between mind, body and health. Her recent book, The Whole Health Life is listed below.


Rick Hanson’s website Rick is a neuropsychologist who has written a number of excellent books and has an online program called Positive Neuroplasticity – The foundations of well-being. The program is excellent and aims to change your brain in positive ways (positive neuroplasticity) by repetitively practising healthy techniques


Heart Math established in 1991, Heart Math is a non-profit organisation that researches and develops biofeedback tools “that bridge the connection between heart and mind and deepen people’s connection with the hearts of others. They market a number of biofeedback devices that can be used on computers, IPads & mobile phones.


Sounds True Sounds True is an independent multimedia publishing company that offers many audio recordings and on line courses (e.g. MBSR – Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction program). This is a wonderful resource.


Meditation Apps:

Insight Timer



Free Guided Meditations:


UCLA Mindful Awareness Research Centre Each week has a different theme, and usually includes some introductory comments, a guided meditation, some silent practice time, and closing comments. Presented by the UCLA Mindful Awareness Research Centre.


Basic Meditation with Tara Brach

Insight Meditation Society


UCSD Centre for Mindfulness


Research into use of Mindfulness:

The Center for Healthy Minds at the University of Wisconsin-Madison


The University of Massachusetts Medical School Research Resources


Books – a couple specifically utilising mind body approaches with stress and chronic pain:

Burch, Vidyamala & Penman, D. (2013). You are not your Pain: Using Mindfulness to relieve pain, reduce stress and restore well-being. Flatiron books, New York.


Benson, H. Proctor, W. (2010) Relaxation Revolution: Enhancing Your Personal Health through the Science and Genetics of Mind Body Healing. Scribner, New York


Brown, R. P. Gerbarg, P. L. (2012) The Healing Power of the Breath. Shambhala Publications, Inc.


Davies, S.Cooke, N & Sutton, J (2015) Rewire your Brain. A lovely simple book outlining powerful key evidenced based strategies to manage your pain. From Western Australia Specialist Pain Services.


Femi, Les. (2010). Dissolving Pain- Simple Brain Changing Exercises for Overcoming Chronic Pain Shambhala Publications, Inc.


Jensen, M. P. (2011) Hypnosis for Chronic Pain Management Workbook. Oxford University Press Inc.


Books – How to live well:

Harvey, Shannon (2016) The Whole Health Life.  This very readable book is filled with evidenced based solutions to help improve health. It covers topics including stress management, meditation, emotions, beliefs and relationships, exercise, food, sleep, helathcare, the environment and how to make healthy changes last. It speaks to the importance of a wholistic approach. Look up the website for some great resources.


Harris, R. (2007) The Happiness Trap: Stop Struggling, Start Living. Wollombi: Exisle Publishing. This book introduces a therapy approach called Acceptance & Commitment Therapy (ACT) which is very applicable to managing pain. Have a look at other books by this author, who also offers courses for professionals, the public and on line.


Kabat-Zinn, J. (1990 & 2013). Full Catastrophe Living – Using the Wisdom of Your Body and Mind to Face Stress, Pain and Illness. Delta Books, Bantam Doubleday, Dell Publishing Group, New York.


John Kabat –Zinn has many published books and meditation audio recordings.


Books and CD’s by Jon Kabat Zinn –


Nicholas, M. Molloy, A. Tonkin, L & Beeston, L Manage Your Pain. (2000). ABC, Sydney. This is the classic book on managing pain and is widely available. It’s probably not as up to date re the neurophysiology of chronic pain. For that, look at the 2 books on the Neurophysiology of Pain at the beginning of this links list.


Links to on line Mental Health Resources:


Depression ;

Bipolar Disorder

Suicide ; Lifeline

Kids Help Line