Wendy is a General Paediatrician at Nelson Marlborough DHB, and in
this role works with premature babies through to adolescents with a wide range
of medical problems. Chronic pain
whether it be headaches or abdominal pain is a common reality for many children
and for Paediatricians seeing children this is an increasingly common referral.
After having a number of adolescents
face chronic pain she has developed an interest in trying to improve the care
they receive through educational resources and trying to develop a language to
communicate and explain the nature of chronic pain.
Wendy will present her journey with an adolescent experiencing
persistent pain, and attempt to illustrate the benefits of working in a
multidisciplinary team and present her reflections on what it has taught her
about pain (and what resources she found helpful).