Jane Muirhead is an Occupational Therapist with more than 20 years experience in treating chronic pain conditions in both the UK and Australia.
In the early 1990′s Jane specialised in Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) for the self-management of chronic pain as Senior Occupational Therapist at INPUT, a National Research Centre in the UK, based at St Thomas’ Hospital London. Since 1993 Jane’s career in Western Australia has been in various settings including vocational rehabilitation; in mental health as Head of Occupational Therapy services in the Department of Psychiatry & Behavioural Medicine at Sir Charles Gairdner Hospital in Perth and as a community counsellor with GPs on the Fremantle Medicare “Better Outcomes in Mental Health” programme working primarily with anxiety disorders and depression.
Jane has also worked on a number of multi-disciplinary pain management programmes in Western Australia including:-
- the SCAMP programme (Self Control and Management of Pain) at Sir Charles Gairdner Hospital.
- The ACHIEVE cognitive behavioural pain management programme.
- Paincare in Fremantle.
Jane has run workshops around Australia for health professionals, and has presented at a broad range of multi-disciplinary conferences. She has been involved in several educational webinars for rural and remote GPs, and been featured on channel 7′s “Today Tonight” programme and on ABC radio 720, The Geoff Hutchinson Show, regarding managing migraines and headaches.
Jane has undertaken two professional trainings in the USA at the Center for Mindfulness in Medicine, Society and Healthcare at Massachusetts Medical School. This course was established by Dr Jon Kabat-Zinn (author of Full-Catastrophe Living). The trainings allow Jane to teach the 8 week Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction, (MBSR) course. This program has been shown in numerous research trials to have positive effects on pain-related distress as well as reductions in pain levels for participants.
Jane has also completed a two-year Yoga Alliance approved yoga teacher training in Perth, and is a certified level I Yoga teacher.
In 2012 Jane was one of the founding member of a group of consumer and health professionals called The Pain Information Initiative (PI Squared). The group’s aims are to improve outcomes and awareness of chronic pain within the wider Australian community. (for more information on PI Squared click here). She was also convener of National Pain Week WA in 2013.
Jane now works in her own private practice Easpain and has recently completed the Kids Overcoming Pain Education (KOPE) programme, a Telethon7 Institute funded pilot research project in partnership with Arthritis & Osteoporosis WA and Curtin University. The KOPE programme’s aim was to help children and adolescents to reduce the impact of persistent pain conditions on their lives. The KOPE programme received a 4.45 out of 5 satisfaction rating by participating families, and 100% of participants stated they would recommend the course to others with children in pain.
As a migraine and headache sufferer for many years herself, Jane understands what it is like to live with a long-term pain condition. She is committed to sharing the benefits she has received from positive lifestyle changes, including mindfulness meditation and gentle yoga with people who suffer from persistent pain conditions.