Beverley Bolton is a clinical physiotherapist and teacher in the fields of chronic pain and healthcare communication. She is a founder and director of the non-profit organisation Train Pain Academy, formed to provide collaborative pain education and skills-training to health care professionals managing acute and chronic pain in normal clinical practice. She obtained her MSc Medicine in Pain Management through Sydney University in 2007 and has additional qualifications in Healthcare Communication and Motivational Interviewing. She is the national representative for South Africa and is on the steering committee of EACH (International Association for Communication in Healthcare). She is a member of tEACH; the sub-committee for teachers and is also on the Networking Committee. She is passionate about helping members of the healthcare team develop strong therapeutic alliances to enable behaviour change.
Romy is an Associate Professor in the Department of Anaesthesia and Perioperative Medicine at UCT where she is Director of the Pain Management Unit. Romy holds a PhD in Pain in HIV/AIDS. She has over 25 publications and supervises numerous postgraduate students as well as convening the Postgraduate Diploma in Interdisciplinary Pain Management at UCT. She is President of PainSA, chair of the Pain, Mind and Movement Special Interest Gorup of IASP and serves as an Associate Editor for the South African Journal of Physiotherapy. As well as her PhD, Romy holds degress in physiotherapy, sports science, an MSc in Pain from Queen Margaret University in Edinburgh and a Postgraduate Diploma in Health Professional Education. Romy is passionate about teaching and mentoring health care practitioners to develop deeper understanding about pain and its management.
Dr Janieke van Nugteren is a specialist Anaesthetist at Groote Schuur Hospital. She completed her undergraduate training at Wits and went on to specialise in Anaesthesia at University of Cape own. Dr van Nugteren has been the head of the Chronic Pain Management Unit at GSH since 2009. Since taking over the clinic she has assembled an interdisciplinary team who assess and manage patients living with chronic pain. The team comprises anaesthetists, physiotherapists, psychiatrists and psychologists.
Jacqui completed her Masters in Pain Management through the University of Edinburgh. She currently co-lectures Pain Interventions: Module 3 of the National Pain Course as well as supervising Module 6 : Translating Knowledge into practice. Her clinical work is focused on combining pain management and rehabilitative exercise skills to empower patients and get them moving.
Louise Frenkel is the Principal Psychologist at Groote Schuur Hospital, and has worked in Department of Health for 15 years, training clinical psychologists, and providing psychological services. She has been involved in the Groote Schuur chronic pain clinic since 2011.
She is in interested in qualitative, clinical-based research as a way of accessing the meaning of chronic pain for women who do not have access to financial or educational resources. Most qualitative research focusing on the perceptions of pain sufferers have been conducted in high income countries (USA, Canada, Germany, Norway, Israel, Australia, UK) and there is a need for similar research to be conducted in South Africa.
Melissa Saw is a clinical physiotherapist and academic based in Cape Town. Her main passion in clinical physiotherapy is pain management and she has an interest in teaching health professionals how to assist patients in this field. She completed her undergrad BSc physio at UCT. She then went on to complete her postgrad MSc in OA and pain at UCT, her research was based on group interventions to target pain and function. This research yielded 2 published articles and 2 congress presentations. Melissa is actively involved in clinical education and lecturing undergraduate students at both UCT and Stellenbosch. She is also a committee member of the Western Cape’s Pain Management Physiotherapy Group.
Scott completed a Medical Honours degree in Exercise Science at the Sport Science Institute of South Africa (1995) in Cape Town before moving to Stellenbosch to study Physiotherapy. After graduating he worked in a private practice in Johannesburg for 5 years. He then relocated to the UK where he was the Professional Lead of the Physiotherapy Division at the University of Hertfordshire.He obtained an additional qualification as a Musculoskeletal Sonographer and completed his MSc degree. During this time, he also worked in the NHS where he scanned patients and performed ultrasound guided injections. Scott returned to South Africa in 2013 and currently splits his time between private practise and a non-profit intermediate care facility/hospice called Bethesda.