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Patron

Lady Janine Mateparae

Lady Janine has a keen interest in health and well-being. She studied homoeopathy extramurally at the Bay of Plenty College of Homoeopathy, and has qualified as a registered Bowtech Practitioner. She is very interested in the research this foundation is conducting on self treatments for people with mental and physical pain.

Board of Directors

Dr. Giresh Kanji
Chairperson
Dr Giresh Kanji has been treating chronic pain patients for nearly 20 years and has recently completed his PhD on the causation of headache disorders, the sensory amplification of pain. He has written newspaper columns, is a director of The Sports and Pain Clinic, and has written his first book on low back pain in 2013. He is the lead researcher of the Wellington Education and Self Treatment (WEST) Research Group and will supervise the six randomised control trials to be undertaken in 2014 and 2015.
Dr. Ian Coutts
Board Member
Dr Coutts is a consultant physician (Dermatologist) at Wellington Hospital and a director of the New Zealand Dermatology and Skin Cancer Centre. He is focussed on finding the cause of medical disorders to enable patients to manage their medical conditions without compromise.
Associate Professor Rachel Page
Board Member
Associate Professor Rachel Page is the Director of the Institute of Food, Nutrition, and Human Health at Massey University. Her research interests include obesity, metabolism and exercise, metabolic syndrome, diabetes, health protection and promotion. She has numerous peer review journal publications as well as book contributions. Rachel teaches applied science for health professionals and will be a supervisor for the six randomised control trials planned by the foundation.

Operations Team

Sushila Bhika
Operations Manager
Sushila Bhikha has had extensive experience in project management in both the commercial and voluntary organisations. She was instrumental in setting up the Montessori Unit at Berhampore school in 2000. This unit has flourished due to the strong governance and organisational structure put in place at the inception of this unit.
Sathna Kanji
Events Team
Sathna Kanji is a registered pharmacist. She has an interest in drug interactions and medications prescribed for acute and chronic pain. She is available to go through the history of your medications, try and find combinations Isabel Marant Shoes that will work and ensure side effects are kept to a minimum.
Patrick Silva
Events Team
Patrick is a retired teacher who has also worked as a chef. His organisational skills and culinary skills have been a great asset to the foundation.
Denise Smith
Events Team
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Tara Ryan
Communications Officer
Tara Ryan is a Communications student at Massey University. Three years ago she left her home town New Plymouth to start her communications journey here in the capital, Wellington. With relationship building and networking as one of her strengths she is currently in her final year of majoring in Public Relations. The concept to let your audience be my audience has lead to social media as one of her top interests.
Rachel Palmer
Support Group Team
Hi I’m Rachel Palmer and I am very excited to be involved with the Pain Foundation. I am formally trained as a criminologist, my PhD dissertation focused on the health-related and psychological impact of violent jury trials, addressing stress and vicarious traumatisation and post-traumatic stress disorder. I have also been involved in a voluntary capacity in supporting and educating women with endometriosis, in the early days of Endometriosis Support (Wellington Region) as chairperson and running the support and education groups; and I was a prior Board Member for the NZ Endometriosis Foundation (now Endometriosis New Zealand). More recently I have been involved in working for a primary health organization in Canterbury running a peer support training programme in breastfeeding, and have also been involved in mental health support and education. Raising awareness of chronic pain conditions is a high priority for me.
Jan Lowrie
Support Group Team
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