About me: I trained as an occupational therapist, and graduated in 1984. Since then I’ve continued study at postgraduate level and my papers have included business skills, ergonomics, mental health therapies, and psychology. I completed by Masters in Psychology in 1999, and started my PhD in 2007. I work as a Senior Lecturer in the Department of Orthopaedic Surgery & Musculoskeletal Medicine, University of Otago, Christchurch campus, New Zealand.
I have worked in the field of chronic pain management, helping people develop ‘self management’ skills for over 20 years. I have chronic pain and use these skills daily.
I work collaboratively with people because all people have limitations and vulnerabilities – as well as strengths and potential.