Support Kids in Pain (SKiP)
SKiP acknowledges the Traditional Custodians of Country throughout Australia. We pay our respects to Elders past and present. We recognise and celebrate Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders as the First Peoples of Australia and their continuing spiritual and cultural connection to the land, sea and community.
Founded in 2011, SKIP is Australia’s first and only Not-For-Profit child and youth pain management organization.
Our Vision: To provide children and their families with the skills and knowledge to overcome persistent pain.
We do this by:
- Providing a free child and youth multidisciplinary pain management service based in the community. Our clinical services are young people and family centred, designed to teach young people and parents/caregivers the necessary skills to manage persistent pain well.
- Providing education, support and training to professionals including general practitioners, allied health professionals and people who work with youth. Our multi-disciplinary approach to pain management is based on the best evidence-based practice overseas and is leading the way in paediatric pain management in Australia.
- Commitment to engage the community through free information, health promotion, social media and fundraising – to raise awareness about the 1 in 5 young Australians living with persistent pain.
SKiP is proud to offer free services to young people and families thanks to the kindness of our donors and grants. Previously servicing children aged 14years and under, SKiP now sees young people up to 17years of age.
Our team is committed to ensuring the best health outcomes for children and adolescents with chronic pain. Overseen by Queensland paediatric pain specialist Dr Kathleen Cooke, our multidisciplinary team includes experienced pain specialists, psychologists, physiotherapists and occupational therapists.
Accessing quality information is an important part of understanding and managing chronic pain. The SKiP team have put together some resources that you may find helpful. We have also included a list of allied health practitioners in Brisbane to assist families in sourcing quality pain care.