A support group for people with chronic pain says there is just one pain specialist between the Tweed and Brisbane rivers.
The Australian Pain Management Association and the Chronic Pain Association are hosting a community forum on the issue on the Gold Coast on Sunday.
A spokeswoman says more than 100 people are expected to listen to medical professionals and share their experiences at the Gold Coast Entertainment Centre on Sunday.
An authority on pain says it is often a neglected area of medicine.
The director of pain centres at two Melbourne Hospitals, Dr Jane Trinca, says acute pain can become a debilitating, chronic disease.
She says Australia needs more pain specialists and more general practitioners with a deeper understanding of the issue.
“It’s been treated a little bit like a second class citizen by some people or by some systems and it is true that doctors are incredibly busy these days because there aren’t as many doctors to patients as there were in the good old days,” she said.
“The doctors certainly do have to prioritise and sometimes the pain aspect does get neglected.”
Doctors, nurses, physiotherapists, occupational therapists and psychologists from throughout Australia will attend the meeting.