While completing my medical degree, I found myself drawn to two specific areas of medical care: pain management and paediatrics. I loved working with children. There’s something particularly special about being able to help a child recover from a major illness and return to just ‘being a kid’. And, in parallel, I found it very rewarding to help ease a patient’s pain, especially in the case of long-term, debilitating pain.
Upon completing university, I followed my passion for pain medicine into the field of rheumatology; completing specialist training at the Fremantle Pain Medicine Unit. It was here that I also began my training as a proceduralist; learning to perform minimally invasive procedures for people with complex, chronic pain.
While I found this work fascinating and enjoyed learning in such a medically diverse environment, my interest in paediatrics was always sitting in the back of my mind. It was a passion that never stopped calling me. And so, in 2015, I moved to Melbourne to complete further training in Paediatric Rheumatology alongside a Fellowship in Pain Medicine. Finally, I was able to integrate those two passions into a career that brings a great sense of meaning and purpose to my life.
Since returning to Perth, I’ve worked in both private practice and government-funded pain clinics. I continue to treat people of all ages; from young children right through to those in advanced aged. Since joining the team at Painless, my knowledge and approach to treatment have continued to evolve. I learn more about pain almost every day and enjoy applying new knowledge to help my patients find the best solutions for their condition.
My approach has become increasingly diverse, the longer I’ve spent learning from my patients and my fellow health professionals. I like the challenge of uncovering the underlying causes of an individual’s pain and then formulating a personalised plan to solve it.
I also place a very high value on helping my patients to better understand both their pain itself and their many treatment options. Supporting patients to become active, informed participants in their healthcare almost always results in better outcomes. Understanding how the brain processes pain or how to implement active self-management strategies will give you back a sense of control and independence on your recovery journey.