Canberra Veteran-Focussed Mental Health Professionals’ Network

You are invited to the next meeting of the Canberra Veteran-Focussed network:

Pain Management for Veterans: The role of occupational therapists in pain management and the role of occupational engagement in mood
Tuesday, 3 December 2019

About the speakers:

Emily Peelgrane, Occupational Therapist

Emily graduated from the University of Queensland in 2000 and has worked right across Australia, the USA, UK and Costa Rica. Her areas of interest and speciality are in neurology, complex and chronic care, research and adult education. She is passionate about teaching pain science to clients as well as training the next generation of therapists to ensure high quality, evidenced based and patient centered services for people experiencing chronic pain.

Emily's interest in pain science was ignited when she conducted a project looking at teaching clinicians how to better screen and approach clients with chronic pain conditions to ensure they received better services. She has now done additional training in chronic pain including courses like GMI, motivational interviewing and "brave" training. Emily is a member of a number of chronic pain interest and research groups including "The pain masterminds network", "Exploring pain science" and "Pain cloud".

Beatrice Hannah, Occupational Therapist

An experienced Occupation Therapist, Beatrice’s interest in occupational therapy was sparked while completing her degree in Art History as she volunteered supporting people recently discharged from hospital without the support of friends and family. After completing her first degree, Beatrice went on to graduate in Occupational Therapy from York St John University, in the United Kingdom in 2002. She has worked across England, in Sri Lanka and began practicing in Australia in 2017.

Before coming to Australia, Beatrice completed a Masters in Occupational Therapy, where her research focused on vocational rehabilitation. Her areas of interest and specialty are pain rehabilitation, mental health, and vocational rehabilitation. Beatrice's first clinical placement as an occupational therapy student was in pain rehabilitation and she has remained passionate about this area of practice throughout her career.

She worked for over 3 years at the internationally renowned Bath Centre for Pain Services. Here Beatrice was part of a national specialist team delivering pain rehabilitation across the life span for individuals with complex and enduring pain conditions. Beatrice believes that all clinicians should have an understanding of chronic pain and has taught on the subject in the UK and Australia.

Beatrice is committed to supporting people experiencing chronic pain to live meaningful and fulfilling lives. She uses an Acceptance and Commitment Therapy and trauma informed approach, with mindfulness and sensory modulation.

Meeting details:
: Tues 03 December 2019
Time: 5.30pm – 7.00pm
Venue: Open Arms Canberra
Located in Skypark Carpark building, above Space Café
Level 1, 12 Furzer Street (cnr Furzer + Worgan)
Phillip, ACT 2606
Access to Level 1 is via the lift

Free street parking available from 5:30pm, otherwise parking available within Skypark Carpark for a fee.
Refreshments will be provided.

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