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New Support Group Meeting – Lockyer Valley

Lockyer Valley Inaugural Support Group Meeting

We are delighted to announce that we are launching a new online Support Group Meeting in the Lockyer Valley area.  Our new Support Group Leader is Kim O’Donnell – you can read her story here.

Kim has a background in counselling, helps run her family business and deals with the day-to-day challenges of living with and managing Trigeminal Neuralgia.  Kim has worked through the Training Modules created by our Association to support our volunteers who are providing assistance, empathy, advocacy and education within the safety of a Support Group Meeting.

The changes imposed on us all through the two lockdown covid years, has taught us we do not necessarily need to be face to face in the physical world, to support sufferers.  We are utilising technology to enable our sufferers in Regional Areas to be able to connect and feel safe in our online space using the zoom platform and to feel part of our growing community.

The first meeting will be held on October 11th at 10.30am, a few days after our International Trigeminal Neuralgia Awareness Day on October 7th when we are lighting up cities around Australia in Teal.  In Brisbane the Victoria Bridge will be lit up on the eve of our day on Oct 6th and on the 7th the Gateway Bridges will look magnificent in Teal.  We had also put in a request to the City of Toowoomba but have not yet received a response.

If you are a Trigeminal Neuralgia Sufferer and live in the Lockyer Valley area or are in a region that as yet is not covered by our current support group network, please contact Kim, join her for her first meeting, allow her to help you in your journey.  We know that for many, this is the first step, and you don’t have to be a member to attend.

See you all there – remember

“you are not alone”






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The information below has been taken from the  Mindspot website and we urge all sufferers to consider using these great resources to help manage their chronic pain

Free, online, personalised Chronic Pain health care with MindSpot

We support Australian adults experiencing stress, anxiety, depression, OCD, PTSD, and chronic pain. All of our services are free, confidential, and online, and provide optional access to qualified therapists.

Our online assessment gives you instant feedback about your symptoms on your personal dashboard. You can then access tailored reports, schedule a call with one of our therapists, and enrol into treatment.
Our treatment courses are effective and backed by clinical trials from the eCentreClinic – a leading specialist research clinic at Macquarie University. Our courses help people learn about their symptoms, and learn proven skills to manage their emotional wellbeing and improve their quality of life. On average, people experience a 50% reduction in symptoms
 Resource Library
Our library gives you access to our free, downloadable resources, guides and information to help you stay well. Our resources cover topics such as stress, anxiety, depression, dealing with uncertainty, and much more.


The Chronic Pain Course is a clinically-proven treatment to support adults in managing their chronic pain.

Read more about our Chronic Pain course below,

The Pain Course consists of five lessons over an eight-week period. It provides the information and practical skills you would normally receive from a mental health professional if you attended a specialist pain management clinic. You can choose to receive weekly therapist support during the course, or you can choose to contact us when you need to.

The lessons provide essential information and teach practical self-management skills to help you do the following:

  • Understand chronic pain and how it differs from acute pain
  • Recognise the cycle of symptoms involved in pain, anxiety and depression
  • Break the cycle of symptoms
  • Recognise and challenge unhelpful thoughts and beliefs
  • Recognise and manage physical symptoms of pain, anxiety and depression
  • Manage levels of day-to-day physical activity safely and confidently, despite pain
  • Continue to manage your pain and emotional wellbeing once the course has finished

In addition to the lessons, the course includes DIY Guides to help you better understand and practise skills taught in the lessons. There are also lots of additional resources teaching other important and practical skills, as well as stories from other people with chronic pain who have previously participated in the course.

Does it work

  • Approximately 1400 people have enrolled in the Pain Course at MindSpot.
  • The Pain Course was trialled at the eCentreClinic in clinical trials with more than 1,500 Australians.
  • Over 90% of participants reported the course was worth their time and that they would recommend it to other people.
  • Most people made good clinical improvements in how much they were able to do day-to-day and their emotional wellbeing.
  • Many participants were also able to work through the course with very little contact with therapists and still make significant improvements.

The Pain Course is recommended for people who:

  • Are 18 years of age or older
  • Are Australian residents
  • Experience symptoms of chronic pain and symptoms of anxiety, low mood and depression, who want to improve the management of pain and emotional wellbeing
  • Have at least four hours a week to spend working on the course and practicing the skills

The Pain Course is not suitable for people who:

We advise you to discuss your participation in this course with your GP and other health professionals. Maintaining a good working relationship with your GP is essential and they can help you decide whether this program is going to be suitable for you.

Click here to start your assessment

Our Association is dedicated to providing advocacy for all of our sufferers and connecting people with health providers who can assist in all area of their lives
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Chronic Pain Infographic

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Many of our learnt reactions have been created from previous experiences, and our brains then program us how to behave.  However we can reprogram our thoughts and reactions with a bit of brain training

Targeted Rewiring
The process of rewiring the neural pathways of chronic
pain requires experimentation, patience, and consistency.
Science-backed techniques,
like those found in the Curable
app, can greatly assist in this

This handy Info-graphic produced by Curable gives an insight into the reactions we can change – download from the link below

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We mention the Curable App as one method to help reduce the impact of pain,  there are other apps on the market and we are not endorsing use or purchase