Inquiry Into Women's Pain

Provide us with a snapshot of your pain experiences, to make a difference and inform planning and service delivery for women and gender diverse people experiencing pain in the future.

Everyone deserves to be heard when it comes to their pain and pain management. Share your experiences so we can advocate for improvements in care and service delivery for women and gender diverse people in the Loddon Mallee Region.

Women’s Health Loddon Mallee (WHLM) is currently putting together a submission as part of the Victorian Government’s Inquiry into Women’s Pain. To ensure our submission authentically and effectively represents the voices of women, girls, and gender diverse people in our region, we are asking community members to share their own experiences with pain and pain management.  

We will collate the information provided to us as part of our submission to the Inquiry, directly utilising lived experience to inform recommendations for improved models of care and service delivery for Victorian girls and women experiencing pain in the future. Through this collection of stories, we hope to discover what women and gender diverse people in the Loddon Mallee Region felt was working well in terms of services and pain management, and to identify areas where there is room for improvement.  

You can participate by providing us with an audio recording, OR a written description. We suggest proving us with a snapshot only – approximately 1 or 2 sentences. However, we understand that some experiences will require further context and more careful consideration. With this in mind, we suggest audio recordings are no longer than 2-3 minutes, and written submissions are no more than 500 words. 

Key Information

Criteria: Entries accepted from girls, women, and gender diverse people aged 12+ living in the Loddon Mallee region.

Submission Limitations: There is no limit to how many submissions you can make. We ask that all submissions are brief, at approx 2-3 sentences in order to highlight the key message or information that you wish to get across.  

We have created a number of categories in which you may make your submission under: Experience of pain; Barriers to accessing care; Facilitators to accessing care; Impact of service received on pain and pain management; Opportunities for improving care/treatment/services; Other.  

If you are unsure about which category to allocate your submission, please select “Other’.  

Your Data/Lived Experience:

Your submission(s) will be stored and used in the following ways: 

Written submission – WHLM will use your written submission to provide lived experience data within the pain inquiry. All submissions will be deidentified and stored securely. You will not be able to be identified. Data from all submissions will inform key themes and where appropriate, deidentified quotes may be used to centre women’s voices. 

Audio submission – WHLM will use your audio submission to provide lived experience data as part of the pain inquiry. All submissions are deidentified and stored securely. Data from all submissions will inform key themes and where appropriate, deidentified quotes may be used to centre women’s voices. WHLM will make every effort to ensure you are not identifiable, although if recordings are used for advocacy, it is possible that your voice may be recognisable. 

Whether you submit a written or recorded piece you will be given the following consent options. You can choose to select one or all based on how you agree to your data being used. The first consent box needs to be ticked for you to complete your submission. 

Closing date Monday 17 June.

Make a submission:

Make a Written Submission to the Victorian Government: For those wanting to put in a fuller submission, we suggest making a written submission directly to the Victorian Government via their website: https://www.health.vic.gov.au/inquiry-into-womens-pain. (Submissions close 31 July)