soula in Learn
, Professional Resources on April 20, 2014
In support of the Federal Government’s National Pain Strategy, which commenced in 2010, Wanda Cook and Associates are launching an art exhibition and community event from Sunday 27th April to Saturday 3rd May 2014.
As Wanda continues on her own journey of managing persistent pain, she has spent a great deal of her own time creating awareness of this cause and with her previous a career as a nurse, she has been running numerous workshops focusing on pain management strategies through the techniques of Kikqua Therapy.
When discussing Wanda’s own plight, she opened up about her own journey with severe and persistent pain.
“It has been a long and drawn out process, as a consequence of workplace and motor traffic injuries with the most harmful effects actually occurring by inhumane dealings of insurers and the disenfranchised process of legal systems that bounce injured workers around as mere commodities from bureaucracies and red tape with little to no checks and balances. The consequence of my story are available on Pain Australia’s website and my self-directive recovery and educative stories are available on Kikqua Therapy website with linkage to the interactive practise and studies as hosted by Kikquaonline website”.
soula in system
, Work & The System
, Workcover on April 7, 2014
How’s this for an opening line to my post:
Perspectives on workers compensation issues from Dr Peter Sharman – Occupational Physician.
Hopeful and hopeful is it not? Finally a practitioner putting it out there and standing up for a better Australian Worker’s compensation system.
It’ll be no surprise that Dr Sharman and I connected over [...]
soula in My rants
, Work & The System
, Workcover on March 31, 2014
7th April reply from WorkSafe:
Good afternoon Soula
Thank you for your email enquiry
Please note that the complaint has been escalated to our service improvement division to manage this query. They will contact you in relation to this matter
Should you have any further queries or issues, feel free to contact the WorkSafe Advisory [...]
soula in Living
, My pain on March 6, 2014
The post many of you have been waiting for… Theo’s thoughts, sacrifices and life experience of his daily ‘caring’. I should add that Theo and I have been together almost 20 years, seven of those consumed with Pudendal Neuralgia (PN).
What does PN mean to you?
To me PN is a yet to be accepted [...]
soula in Professional
, Who can help on December 13, 2013
Living with pain can be a miserable existence, but the Australian Pain Management Association (APMA) gives hope that with the right treatment and life skills, your pain will improve and you can enjoy life again. APMA is a non-profit organisation which supports the one in five Australians who live with persistent (chronic) pain. Their Pain [...]
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, My pain
, My treatment
, Pudendal Neuralgia
, The Hurting Strings on November 6, 2013
Now here’s something I didn’t see coming, my pain journey being transformed into an educational documentary about Pudendal Neuralgia (PN). And I have to warn you, there won’t be much smiling and hiding of pain if this happens.
One of those strange-but-true occurrences in life found me introduced to handmadefilms.com.au and I now have a [...]
the PELVIC PAIN report “Pelvic pain, while common, is often a hidden burden to the lives of many women. With emerging national and international knowledge about pain and the heavy toll it poses on individuals and society, it is timely that this report ‘The $6 Billion Woman and the $600 Million Girl’ raises pelvic pain [...]
soula in Professional
, Who can help on July 30, 2013
Jane Muirhead, is an Occupational Therapist and Principal of Easpain. 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.
Before I get into PN versus PNE, I want to first give you a brief explanation of the physiology of the pudendal nerve and the diagnosis of PN.
The pudendal nerve is a large nerve that arises from the S2, S3, and S4 nerve roots in the sacrum, and divides into three branches—the inferior rectal nerve, the perineal branch, and the dorsal clitoral/penile branch. The nerve travels a tortuous course through the pelvis to innervate:
• the majority of the pelvic floor muscles,
• the perineum,
• the perianal area,
• the distal third of the urethra
• part of the anal canal
• the skin of the vulva, the clitoris, portions of the labia in women,
• and the penis and scrotum in men.
The pudendal nerve travels a torturous course through the pelvis.
Patients with PN can have tingling, stabbing, and/or shooting pain anywhere in the territory of the nerve. Symptoms include vulvar or penile pain, perineal pain, anal pain, clitoral pain, and pain at the ischial tuberosities as well as pain with bowel movements, urination, and orgasm.
soula in Media
, Work & The System on May 31, 2013
You can all imagine why The Scheme Project caught my attention and you can all understand why my pledge was not only made in seconds it was supported (and increased) by my husband Theo who equally saw the benefits in Kris’s project. As frustrating as it is being left without any income and medical support after my workplace accident and having my fair share of rants to expose, I actually appreciated Kris’s professional approach to his project and his intent to make the documentary up front but not personal. He’s not looking for tantrums, witch hunts, singling out of fraudsters and unethical behaviour but rather aiming at exposing the realities in hope of making a change. At the end of our conversation we both agreed that life’s great knowledge of ‘health first’ doesn’t seem to be part of WorkCover’s culture. The support just isn’t there, not in treatment, not in standards, not financially and certainly not in return to work.
What does Kris need?
Your signatures and your pledge (pledges are not collected unless Kris reaches his target). ‘You’ may be an injured worker, family member of an injured worker or employer, a treating practitioner, medical examiner, conciliator, lawyer, investigator, WorkSafe agent staff member, Minister, anyone associated with the WorkCover system in fact any worker or employer, we all deserve better quality protection.