Take Charge of Pain

New course commencing in 2023 phone our office for course dates

Take Charge of Pain was originally devised by Arthritis SA and Flinders University. Build a Better Me – Arthritis, Pain Support & ME/CFS have adapted the original program and maintained currency of research in the program delivered.

The program is now delivered in weekly program lots over 7 weeks. The program and participant program materials are below:

Week 1: Current research in what chronic pain is

Watch the below video on taking charge of pain, the beast.


Week 2 Pain Diaries, Pain Cycle and Pain Strategies overview

Week 3 Goal setting and Pacing

Week 4 Food and Pain

Use the pages below to record your dietary intake. To record more than one day’s intake reprint page 3 as many times as desired.

Food and Symptom Diary:

Week 5 Exercise

Week 6 Medications and Flare ups

Educational videos

To view educational videos on the effects of opioids, options for non-opioid treatment of chronic pain, and living with chronic pain click on the links below:

Week 7 (final week) Sleep, Stress and Distractions

Use the diary below to track your sleep. If you want to record more than one week of sleep print pages 4 and 5 as many times as desired and change the heading accordingly.