Dianne has a Masters Degree in Applied Science (Orthopaedics) and is an APA titled Musculoskeletal Physiotherapist. She has been a clinician and lecturer during her career, having taught in both the undergraduate and post-graduate programs at the University of South Australia until recently. She is co-principal of Roberts Physiotherapy and previously owned her own private practice for 15 years. It has been through this clinical involvement that Dianne’s interest in pain science and pain management has developed. She completed an Honours degree on the Language of Pain, and is currently enrolled as a PhD Candidate in the Body in Mind Research team at the University of South Australia. Her ongoing interest in this area is fuelled by her desire to facilitate evidence based management of complex chronic pain patients by appropriately trained physiotherapists. She has also been intensively involved with the Australian Physiotherapy Association and has advocated for the recognition of chronic pain as a complex condition, attracting remuneration for increased treatment times for physiotherapists. As a result, Return to Work SA will implement a long consult fee item for the management of complex chronic pain from July 1 2015. Dianne has also been instrumental in helping to establish a national network within the APA for physiotherapists interested in the management of pain. This initiative will facilitate the dissemination of contemporary pain science and evidence based methods for the physiotherapy management of chronic pain.

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Physiotherapist