Tracey works in her own private physiotherapy practice in Kaiapoi, North Canterbury and is a registered as a Physiotherapy Pain Specialist. She has been involved with part time post graduate study since 2003 and was the first allied health professional to be awarded the top academic achiever for the University of Otago Post Graduate Diploma in Health Sciences endorsed in Musculoskeletal Management in 2008. Tracey has a passionate commitment to understanding persistent pain for all age groups; encouraging the collaboration between physiotherapists towards the management of pain; and believes that the privilege of working in clinical practice with ongoing post graduate study and research fosters rewarding care. She has a full police clearance certificate to work with children since persistent pain can also affect children and adolescents.
Tracey has presented at many local and international conferences about her research in persistent pain; has seven international journal publications and one, currently, under review.
We will cover the definition of pain, nociception and the protective mechanism normal resting state, nocifensive behaviour, the transition of acute to persistent pain as well as two take-home applications.