Her main interest includes the factors that complicate return to work, pain and anxiety, and confidence in motivation for self management, and resilience.
Bronwyn Thompson originally trained as an occupational therapist, graduating from CIT in 1984. She later completed her MSc in Psychology in 1999 at Canterbury University, and is currently enrolled as a part-time PhD student in the Department of Health Sciences at Canterbury University.
She has worked in pain management for 18 years, with a main focus on pain management at work. Her work has ranged from interdisciplinary pain management programmes, private practice, case management both for private organizations, and ACC, primary prevention and secondary prevention, and since 2002, teaching postgraduate papers in pain and pain management at Otago University, and Otago Polytechnic.
Her main interest areas include the factors that complicate return to work, pain and anxiety, exposure therapy for pain-related anxiety and avoidance, importance and confidence in motivation for self management, and resilience.
The effect of her occupational therapy training has never fully left Bronwyn’s aims in pain management. Occupational therapy has always targeted function, or the ability to fulfil life roles despite limitations. In the same way, Bronwyn’s aims for pain management are to help people reduce the functional impact of pain and improve their engagement in living life to the full.
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Two cases demonstrate the importance of thinking about the big picture in return to work