Song II by Michael Leunig Special Edition for Pain Revolution

Each year, Pain Revolution and a team of passionate and dedicated cyclists hit the road in order to host free community-based pain education to both health professionals and the general public.

This year they’ll be riding from Geelong through Queenscliff and straight past Soula and Theo’s gallery, Queenscliff Gallery & Workshop (QG&W), to regional Victoria.

Raising funds

To help with the fundraiser this year, Soula turned to kindred spirits – artists are pretty empathic creatures. The first who came to mind was Michael Leunig, his work and thoughts fitting for the chronic pain subject.

Of course, Michael Leunig said, ‘Yes’… so too did Theo! And so, an exclusive Leunig limited edition etching, Song II has been proofed and is being editioned by Theo in a special Pain Revolution themed colour.

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Neos Kosmos Chronic Pain: the Treacherous Disease that Steals the Lives of Thousands

(Excerpt from Neos Kosmos feature story by

Πρόκειται για μια ψηφιακή πλατφόρμα καταγραφής του ατομικού ιστορικού των πασχόντων από χρόνιο πόνο έτσι ώστε να μην χρειάζεται κάθε φορά που επισκέπτονται τους διάφορους ειδικούς να επαναλαμβάνουν τις ίδιες πληροφορίες ξανά και ξανά κάτι που είναι τρομερά ψυχοφθόρο για τους ίδιους, όπως μας διαβεβαιώνει η Σούλα εξηγώντας μας πώς ξεκίνησε η ιδέα του Pain train.

It is a digital recording platform for chronic pain sufferers’ personal history so that the person does not have to repeat the same information. It is traumatic, Soula assures us this is where the idea of ​​PainTrain began.

«Έχω ασχοληθεί πολύ με την υπεράσπιση των ατόμων που υποφέρουν από χρόνιο πόνο κυρίως επειδή δεν ήθελα κανείς να αισθανθεί τόσο χαμένος όσο εγώ όταν μπήκα σε αυτόν τον κόσμο του πόνου.

“I have been very involved in defending people who suffer from chronic pain mainly because I did not want anyone to feel as lost as I did when I entered this world.

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Soula Meets Pain Revolution’s Lissanthea Taylor

After years of advocating together online, the two were finally able to meet and speak face to face – even enjoy a long lunch!

A wonderful day for our founder yesterday!

Soula finally got to meet Lissanthea Taylor (PainChats & Pain Revolution) while Lissanthea was en route to the Ride for Pain in Tasmania.

After years of advocating together online, the two were finally able to meet and speak face to face – even enjoy a long lunch!

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PainTrain Through to Stage 1 of the Victorian Premier’s Design Awards

We are thrilled that PainTrain – My Health Summary has been shortlisted for a significant Australian design award.

Established by the Victorian Government in 1996 as the Victorian Design Awards, the Victorian Premier’s Design Awards recognise and reward Victorian designers and businesses that display excellence in the way they use design.

The awards provide an opportunity for businesses and the community to better understand the role of design in making products, services, spaces and experiences more functional, safe, efficient and attractive. The awards also help raise awareness of the impact design can have on productivity and business outcomes and the role it plays in helping to shape a better environment and society.

We will certainly keep you posted!

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Royal Australian College of GP’s news – Soula’s in it!

Soula is an event in the spotlight. GP’s, we hope to see you at GPADD18
(Article from RACGP June newsletter)

Events in the spotlight
GPADD18 Conference: Saturday and Sunday 4–5 August 2018

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The RACGP Victoria Drug and Alcohol Committee invite you to attend the 2018 conference, GPADD18 – Dealing with Addiction. This conference will address some of the most common addictions and associated conditions that are presented to GPs in their daily practice, including chronic pain, motivational interviewing, hepatitis C and pharmacotherapy. Continue reading “Royal Australian College of GP’s news – Soula’s in it!”

Putting People in Pain in the Driver’s Seat

(From the Pain Revolution website)

Soula Mantalvanos and Pain Train join the Pain Revolution

Community action and learning together is a key part of the Pain Revolution message. We need to include all people in the conversation if we’re going to make the changes needed to reduce the burden of persisting pain.

We have some wonderful people in our community that have stories to tell. They don’t ride bikes but that doesn’t keep them on the sidelines. One of those people is Soula Mantalvanos, who has given us permission to borrow some of her energy and passion as a Pain Revolution ambassador.

Soula Mantalvanos Pain Train

Hearing about the lived experiences of people in pain is critical to designing the future of pain care. We’re including the voices of people living with pain alongside our expert and professional voices. For too long, the stories of the people that live with pain, often heroically and with great resilience, have not been heard and understood. Within them is great insight and wisdom, as well as struggle.

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Pain Train VICDOC: ‘Time-saving tool for managing chronic pain’

Current edition of VICDOC available via the AMA Victoria website

Time-saving tool for managing chronic pain

Written by Kate James

‘While one in five Australians experience chronic pain (and one in three over 65 years), the National Pain Strategy indicates that many health professionals have limited training in pain management. There is a shortage of pain clinics, public waiting lists are on average two years’ long, and it’s often left to GPs to manage complex conditions in short appointments.’ Continue reading “Pain Train VICDOC: ‘Time-saving tool for managing chronic pain’”