Explain Pain

By Dr David S Butler & Prof G Lorimer Moseley

Solid evidence now shows that knowing why we hurt will help us heal.

All pain is real, and for many people it is a debilitating part of everyday life. In a world where 1 in 5 of us experience ongoing pain and where there is increasing evidence for the failure of synthetic drugs, take heart: help is at hand. It is now known that understanding more about why things hurt can actually help treat pain.

Explain Pain has sold around 60,000 copies world-wide in 5 languages and continues to inspire clinical research and multidisciplinary pain treatment globally. Explain Pain aims to give people in pain the power to challenge pain and to consider new models for viewing what happens to your body and brain during pain. Once they have learnt about the processes involved they can follow a scientific route to recovery. Head to NOIgroup website for more information.

The Explain Pain Handbook: Protectometer

By GL Moseley & DS Butler

The Explain Pain Handbook brings the latest in pain science into an easily accessible book and introduces the ‘Protectometer’ – a ground breaking pain treatment tool many people have used at WHRIA to help regain their lives from pain.

Chronic Pelvic Pain – A book for health professionals

By William Ledger, William D Schlaff , Thierry G Vancaillie (Eds) Cambridge University Press 2014

Pain is among the foremost complaints of women seeking gynaecological consultation, yet the diagnosis is often limited to endometriosis. Chronic Pelvic Pain discusses how to diagnose a broad scope of underlying conditions presenting in relation to pelvic pain in women and their treatment.

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Endometriosis and Pelvic Pain

By Dr Susan Evans with Deborah Bush QSM

An easy-to-read book to help you manage your pain and live well with pelvic pain. Also for your family so they can understand. It explains about surgery, fertility and includes stories from other girls and women with endometriosis.

Book can be purchased at WHRIA reception or APMA (discount applies for APMA members) or

Free eBook – Endometriosis and Pelvic Pain

By Dr Susan Evans with Deborah Bush QSM

An e-booklet for women, girls and families. Download this free introduction to some of the commonest types of pelvic pain, a summarised version of the full book. Share with family and friends.

Manage your Pain. Practical and positive ways of adapting to chronic pain

By Dr Michael Nicholas, Dr Allan Molloy, Lois Tonkin, Lee Beeston

This book draws on the latest scientific research and the author’s extensive clinical experience to show you how to live with pain. Gain a better understanding of your pain and minimise the impact it has on your life. MANAGE YOUR PAIN is a self-help book, but it can be used as part of a program worked out with your doctor, clinical psychologist and/or therapist.


Mindfulness for Health: A practical guide to relieving pain, reducing stress and restoring wellbeing.

By Vidyamala Burch and Danny Penman

Based on a unique meditation programme developed by Vidyamala Burch to help her cope with the severe pain of spinal injury. Taught at Breathworks in the UK – and its affiliates around the world, including Sydney – this programme has helped tens of thousands of people cope with pain, illness and stress.

The eight-week programme at the heart of this book takes just 10-20 minutes per day. You’ll be surprised by how quickly your suffering melts away, leaving behind a deep-seated love of life. Included CD.

Polycystic Ovary Syndrome. A woman’s guide to identifying and managing PCOS

By Assoc Prof. John Eden

What does a diagnosis of PCOS really mean? WHRIA’s Assoc Prof John Eden, women’s health and hormone expert, identifies the causes, dispels the myths, and explains how to manage this silent epidemic.

You can purchase a copy at WHRIA reception or online from Co-op Bookshop.

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True Lies: Getting over past hurts. How to let go of emotional pain before it eats you alive!

By Assoc Prof John Eden

In ‘True Lies’, Dr John Eden takes you on an exploration of the soul – the mind, the emotions and the will. He reveals the barriers to inner healing and how to get over them. The road to peace and joy begins by looking inward and learning to forgive and so begin to let go of past hurts.

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Why Pelvic Pain Hurts. Neuroscience Education for Patients with Pelvic Pain

By Adrian Louuw, Sandy Hilton and Caroline VanDyken

The more you know about pain, the better off you’ll be. Why Pelvic Pain Hurts: Neuroscience Education for Patients with Pelvic Pain teaches you the truth about your pelvic pain: what it is, how the brain and nervous system collaborate to create pain, and how you can finally find relief. Illustrated. From or Amazon ($20)


Airing Pain Podcasts

By Pain Concern

A radio show developed by the not-for-profit organisation Pain Concern in the UK, featuring interviews with experts and those living wit chronic pain, self help CD.

Mindfulness for Health: The Body Scan Meditation

By Vidyamala Burch and Danny Penman

Eight tracks to guide you through whole body and mind relaxation, via mindfulness. Stream online, or download to your smart phone for easy daily listening.

Techniques for Relaxation of the Body and Pelvic Floor Muscles

By Dr Patricia Neumann

Specific audio instruction for women and men on how to relax your pelvic floor muscles to reduce pelvic pain, and is most helpful when used with professional guidance from a pelvic floor physiotherapist. Each item has a 30 minute track of whole body and pelvic floor muscle relaxation with breathing exercises, a 10 minute track focussed on pelvic floor muscle relaxation and suitable for daily practice, and a 20 minute track of the relaxation music without narration. The CD and Download each come with a user information booklet, specific for women and men, and can be purchased at The Pelvic Floor Clinic.

Useful Websites

Tame The Beast

Pain scientists are starting to think differently about pain and its causes. And they’re making exciting discoveries…This great new website explains via cute videos, how to use the latest neuroscience in your everyday life to reduce your pain.

ACI Pain Management Network

The Agency for Clinical Innovation has developed an amazing collection of information in all formats: videos, downloads, networks, links and more.

The website is designed to help you gain a better understanding of your pain. The site contains information to enable you to develop skills and knowledge in the self-management of your pain in partnership with your healthcare providers.

Body in Mind

Research into the role of the brain and mind in chronic pain
This blog, written by the very clever and amusing Lorimer Moseley and his BIM team, is an excellent and informative read about what is new in pain science. Subscribe for updates.

eCentre Clinic

The eCentre Clinic is specialist research clinic and a not-for-profit initiative of Macquarie University, Sydney, Australia. State-of-the-art free online treatment Courses for people with symptoms of worry (GAD), panic, social anxiety (Social Phobia), obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD), posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD), stress, depression, low mood and other health conditions including chronic pain. We offer FREE access to these treatment courses via participation in clinical trials, which we run throughout the year.

EndoActive Australia & NZ

EndoActive helps women and girls with Endometriosis by empowering them with knowledge and information. They are passionate about gathering and sharing evidence-based research, and connecting women and girls with endo.

Endometriosis Australia

Endometriosis Australia is a nationally accredited charity that endeavours to increase awareness about endometriosis in Australia, provide education, and help fund endometriosis research.

Endometriosis Australia strives to build strong relationships with existing endometriosis support networks throughout the country.

Jean Hailes For Women’s Health

Jean Hailes is Australia’s leading and most trusted women’s health organisation, and contains a wealth of information, including endometriosis, PCOS, menopause, pelvic floor and more, for patients and health professionals.

Pain Management Association of Australia

Resources, information, support groups and connect with others with pain.

Pelvic Pain Foundation of Australia

Full of useful information for women, men, teens, health professionals about pelvic pain, including research; events; books; links and more.

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