John initially trained in Sydney, worked for 5 years in rural
general practice (Chatham Islands, and north-west Tasmania), and then trained
in Occupational Medicine in Dunedin and Christchurch, during which time he
developed an obsessional interest in pain.
After being made redundant by Air NZ in 1997 as part of a management
restructure, code-named “Project Save”, which involved the dissolution –
temporary, as it turned out – of the Air NZ occupational medical units in
Auckland, Wellington and Christchurch, he has since 1998 been lucky enough to
be paid for indulging in his interest in pain medicine, working at the Pain
Management Centre at Burwood Hospital in Christchurch.