Letters to the Editor

July 20, 2017

Police presence needed

After last week’s break-ins and talking to other business owners and the general public that come into my shop, all agree that Cobram needs a 24-hour police station.

Yes, with the growth of Cobram and Barooga and surrounding towns, and the growing number of tourist that are now coming to the area, the community of Cobram and surrounding towns needs to keep the pressure on for a 24-hour police presence.

—Ray Fitzpatrick, Cobram

Managing pain

Chronic pain is a disabling and debilitating condition that can impact every aspect of a person’s existence, from their ability to work to their overall enjoyment of life.

On top of the physical burden of living with constant pain, people with chronic pain also face significant financial and emotional burdens and are particularly susceptible to mental health issues, like anxiety and depression.

We know that many people with chronic pain believe that the existing system is woefully inadequate when it comes to treating their pain, so we want to hear from your readers — what’s working, what isn’t working, and what do you think would be a better way to manage chronic pain in Australia?

National Pain Week (July 24 to 30) aims to destigmatise the experiences of people living with chronic pain, to reduce the isolation many feel, and to raise awareness within the wider community.

As a community, we need to manage pain together and I strongly encourage your readers to share their stories, experiences and ideas on the website at or on social media using the hashtag #NPW2017.

On behalf of the one in five Australians living with chronic pain, thanks for your support.

—Dr Coralie Wales

President, Chronic Pain Australia

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