Melissa Saw

 

Academic experience:

- Podium presentation at World Confederation of Physical Therapy congress, Singapore: 2015 “The effects of a six-week physiotherapist-led exercise and education intervention on pain, in patients with osteoarthritis awaiting an arthroplasty, in South Africa: a randomised controlled trial.”

- Podium presentation at 23rd Biennial Congress of the SA Arthroplasty Society: 2015 as above.

- MSc co-supervisor to successful MSc student: The effects of a six-week pre-operative, physiotherapy-led exercise and education intervention on post-operative recovery, in terms of pain and function, in patients with osteoarthritis, undergoing total knee replacement in the Western Cape

CPD talks:

2018:  PMPG evening meeting: Explain Pain supercharged Chapter 2

2017:  PMPG evening meeting: Assessment of complex pain conditions

- PMPG evening meeting: Case studies: assessment of complex pain conditions

- SASP Cape Winelands evening lecture: Nociception vs central sensitization vs neuropathic pain

- Workability: The non- benefits of radiological imaging of the neck and back pain. Presented in Cape Town for purposes of training of staff

2016: PMPG EC AGM: A take home message for chronic joint pain for 2016

PMPG evening lecture: Pain is the name of our game: updates from WCPT congress, 2015. Presented at Constantia MediClinic.

2015: PMPG: Pain is the name of our game: updates from WCPT congress, 2015.

-     Lecturing postgraduate MPhil sports physiotherapy students in pain, UCT: 2015

-     Lecturing undergraduate students in NMS and orthopaedics, applied physio UCT: 2015 -2017

-     Lecturing undergraduate students in applied physiotherapy and pain, US: 2015-2016

-     Clinical educator undergraduate students in orthopaedics and neurology, US: 2016 - 2018

Article publication -  Saw et al. Significant improvements in pain after a six-week physiotherapist-led exercise and education intervention, in patients with osteoarthritis awaiting arthroplasty, in South Africa: a randomised controlled trial. BMC Musculoskeletal Disorders (2016) 17:236

Article publication - Kruger-Jakins T, Saw MM, Edries N, Parker R. The development of an intervention to manage pain in people with late-stage osteoarthritis. South African Journal of Physiotherapy (2016) ISSN: (Online) 2410-8219, (Print) 0379-6175

Other:

WC Chairperson of Special Interest Group: Pain Management (PMPG) 2018

April 2017: Part of the Pfizer Thermacare advisory board meeting which took part in Cape Town

Clinical work experience:

Current Employment:

  • Clinical physiotherapist, Van der Merwe Physiotherapy, Panorama and Cape Gate MediClinic: 2012 – currently
  • Clinical Educator, US, Tygerberg hospital orthopaedics third years

Previous employment:

  • Grade one physiotherapist, Tygerberg Hospital: 2011 – 2016
  • Professional achievements: Staff performance rated as:
    • “outstanding level of work”: 2014.
    • “significantly above expected level of work”: 2012 – 2013
  • Community service physiotherapist, Groote Schuur Hospital: 2010

Education:

Postgraduate studies: UCT 2013 - 2015

  • MSc Physiotherapy by dissertation obtained with distinction: The effects of a six-week physiotherapist-led exercise and education intervention in patients with osteoarthritis, awaiting an arthroplasty in South Africa.

Undergraduate studies: UCT 2006 – 2009

  • BSc (Hons) Physiotherapy obtained with distinction

Continuous Professional Development:

SA National Pain course; 5 modules completed:

  • Clinical Communication Skills, 2018
  • Pain interventions: 2013 and 2018
  • Therapeutic Neuroscience Education: 2014
  • Interactive behavioural modification therapy: 2013
  • Principles of Pain: 2012

Pain:

  • Chronic pelvic pain: anxiety, autonomics and the interstitium 2018
  • Pain and the Immune System, 2018
  • Explain Pain Supercharged chapter 1 -3, 2018
  • PainSA congress, 2017
  • PainSA Cape Town Pain academy, 2017
  • Have we really understood explaining pain, 2016
  • Multidisciplinary pain workshop, 2015
  • Exercise as therapy in pain conditions: 2014

Educational:

  • UWC, Clinical teaching course: 2015
  • US, Clinical supervision course: 2012
  • US, Identifying of critical incidents and management: 2011
  • US, External examiner: 2011 – 2015

Next Event

Principles of Pain (Module 1)

Presented by: Romy Parker & Bev Bolton

22 & 23 November 2019

Pretoria, South Africa

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