Beverley Bolton

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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 Parker

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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 Group 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.

Kerry-Ann Louw

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Dr Kerry-Ann Louw is a consultant psychiatrist and senior lecturer at Stellenbosch University. She currently runs consultation-liaison psychiatry services at Tygerberg Hospital. Kerry completed both her undergraduate and postgraduate training at the University of Cape Town obtaining her FC Psych qualification in 2011, MMed in 2012 and MPhil in Liaison Mental Health in 2015. Kerry worked in the Division of Consultation-Liaison Psychiatry at Groote Schuur Hospital from 2011-2016. Her special interests include the complex interactions between psychiatric and medical illnesses, chronic pain, psycho-oncology and women’s mental health. She is part of the Tygerberg Hospital chronic pain management multidisciplinary team.

Janieke van Nugteren

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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 Koep

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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.

Janet Keet

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Janet Keet is a physiotherapist with a special interest in pain education for health professionals, as well as for adults, teenagers / children, suffering with persistent pain.  Currently she is writing and developing Pain Education Empowerment Programmes (P.E.E.P) for teenagers at Paedspal, Cape Town and provides services in the Groote Schuur Pain Clinic Group Interventions programme for adults.

Melissa Saw

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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 Rickard

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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.       

Tory Madden

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Tory is a postdoctoral research fellow at the University of Cape Town, where she is investigating how threat influences pain and learning.  Tory has background in clinical physiotherapy, and she worked in both rural and urban contexts before pursuing her interest in pain in a research setting.  Tory spent her PhD candidature with the Body in Mind team in Adelaide, Australia, and was supervised by Lorimer Moseley and Johan Vlaeyen. She scooped the University of South Australia’s 2015 Ian Davey prize for the best research thesis in the university.  Tory has taught Pain Sciences to undergraduate and postgraduate physiotherapy students at the University of South Australia and she currently teaches on UCT's Postgraduate Diploma in Interdisciplinary Pain Management.  She is interested in the mechanisms underlying the persistence of pain, and she is passionate about understanding pain in order to improve the lives of patients.

Next Event

Medical Communication Skills  (Module 2)

Facilitated by: Bev Bolton & Jacqui Koep

24 & 25 January 2020

Tzaneen, South Africa

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