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Brainman Pain Management Resources

Brainman, the “brainchild” of the team at Hunter Integrated Pain Service at John Hunter Hospital and Hunter Medicare Local, has become a YouTube celebrity since making his debut in late 2011. Since that time Brainman’s first film “Understanding pain and what to do about it in less than five minutes” has had almost 500 000 views and been translated into nine different languages.

In 2011, Hunter Integrated Pain Service at John Hunter Hospital and Hunter Medicare Local in Australia developed Brainman’s first film “Understanding pain and what to do about it in less than five minutes”. The video gives people who experience chronic pain access to a self-management tool that will help them manage the impacts of chronic pain on their functioning, emotions and interpersonal relationships and will help in the adherence to pain management plans.  

Understanding pain and what to do about it in less than five minutes

Visit the Brainman Project's main page, to access this video:

  • available with and without English subtitles
  • translated or subtitled in 9 additional languages: Arabic, Chinese, French, German, Hebrew, Italian, Japanese, Norwegian, Portuguese, Spanish). 
  • transcript (English) available for download. 

The University of Washington and The University of South Australia joined the team to collaborate in producing two additional and updated Brainman videos:  

Understanding Pain: Brainman chooses

Understanding Pain: Brainman stops his opioids