The 2017 Global Pain Index


As the global leader in pain relief, GSK is driven by the need to understand the impact of pain on people’s lives and is committed to help reduce the physical impact of everyday acute pain. The 2017 Global Pain Index is a global study, comprising 19,008 online interviews across 32 countries, including Australia, revealing the attitudes to body and head pain across the world.

As the global leader in pain relief, GSK is driven by the need to understand the impact of pain on people’s lives and is committed to help reduce the physical impact of everyday acute pain. The 2017 Global Pain Index is a  global study, comprising 19,008 online interviews across 32 countries, including Australia, revealing the attitudes to body and head pain across the world.

Pain has a significant impact on everyone – directly affecting the global economy, with workers needing to take time off work or simply not being as effective at work due to pain. Beyond the economic impact, pain has an emotional toll, affecting relationships with family and friends and the ability to fully engage with life. 

In Australia, the findings from the Global Pain Index reveal that pain is all too common, with nearly seven in ten of us experiencing body pain weekly. Pain negatively impacts our jobs, relationships, and our ability to get the best from life. Alarmingly, Australians experienced the highest rate of weekly body pain of all 32 countries surveyed.

To address the nation’s pain, we created the GPI hub to provide Australians with easily accessible pain management plans from our experts and advice on how to prevent and better manage pain.

What Is The Global Pain Index?

The 2017 Global Pain Index (GPI) explores the impact of pain across the world, to help us better measure and understand pain globally. Beyond work, physical pain affects all aspects of people’s lives. It is impacting people’s daily routines, from sleep to the ability to spend time with family and friends. People’s pain is also having an indirect impact on others, with the majority of parents feeling they could be better parents without pain, or simply able to spend more time with their children if they were not in pain.

The 2017 GPI Report can help you better understand your pain and how our nation’s pain compares with the rest of the world. 

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Our GPI Pain Taskforce

We have assembled a Pain Management Taskforce to help Australians better manage their pain to help improve their quality of life.  We have assembled a multi-disciplinary expert team because we recognise that multiple factors have an impact on everyday head and body pain, and that a holistic pain management plan is the best approach when it comes to preventing pain, as well as helping to alleviate it. Working with our expert Pain Management Taskforce, we have created effective and safe pain management strategies and helpful advice to encourage Australians to rethink how they manage their pain.

Our Experts

  • John Bell, Pharmacist, Pharmacy Self Care Adviser, Pharmaceutical Society of Australia
  • Dr Melissa Day, Psychologist, Director of Pain Research at the Brisbane Pain and Rehabilitation Service, University of Queensland
  • Michele Chevally Hedge, Nutritionist, A Healthy View
  • Nikola Ellis, Yoga Therapist

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