A major goal of Daniel’s challenge to cross Canada by cycling is to raise awareness and funds for the educational and advocacy programs of the Canadian Pain Coalition, and the L’Association québécoise de la douleur chronique.
Canadian Pain Coalition
The Canadian Pain Coalition (CPC), incorporated as a not-for-profit in 2004, is a partnership of pain consumer organizations, individuals living with pain, health professionals treating pain and scientists studying more effective ways of managing pain. The goals of the CPC are to: (i) promote sustained improvement in the understanding, treatment, management and prevention of all types of pain in Canada; (ii) promote awareness of pain issues among the general public; provide educational information about pain management to people living with pain; and, (iii) to be the “National Voice of People with Pain” in discussions with government and policy makers.
Donate to the Canadian Pain Coalition here.
L’Association québécoise de la douleur chronique (Quebec Association for Chronic Pain)
The Quebec Association for Chronic Pain has a mission to improve the condition of people suffering from chronic pain in Quebec and reduce their isolation. The AQDC was incorporated on September 23, 2004 and has been acknowledged as a charitable organization since the first quarter of 2005. (N/E 860295633RR0001)
Objectives of the AQDC
- To bring people suffering from chronic pain from all regions of Quebec together in a single and influential association.
- To heighten the public awareness of chronic pain and educate people regarding the harmful consequences that can affect those living with chronic pain, their loved ones and society at large.
- To bring recognition to the fact that chronic pain is a disease in itself. This must be recognized by both public and health care professional.
- To Target pain as a priority in our health care system and substantially increase the financing dedicated to it.
- To create various information tools to enhance communication with our membership.
- To sensitize political decision makers at the provincial and federal levels, to improve services for people suffering from chronic pain.
- To increase the content dedicated to evaluation, management and treatment of pain in educational institutions so that these notions are systematically taught to health care professionals (ex.: doctors, nurses, psychologists, physiotherapists, etc.).
- To improve health care in primary care including chronic pain with physicians working in general practice.
- To substantially increase the number of centers and specialized clinics in the evaluation and multidisciplinary treatment of chronic pain.
- To substantially increase the financing granted for research in the field of pain in order to identify new strategies to not only better treat chronic pain, but also to prevent it.
- To organize subscription campaigns to sustain the association’s activities, and bring financial support to chronic pain research.