12 September 2013
Jersey is hosting a prestigious pain management conference from 25 - 27 September at the Hotel de France.
The event attracts hundreds of experts in the field and many internationally renowned speakers. It will explore a range of topics including:
- pain management programmes and how they can have a positive impact on absence
- latest research and analysis
- the effect of incorrect treatment on patient care
Among the speakers will be Dr Julia Morris, who is a Clinical Specialist Physiotherapist within the Pain Medicine department of Jersey General Hospital. She says “The conference is a fantastic opportunity for local clinicians, researchers and policy makers to understand the pitfalls and problems that are faced by all who live with, treat or work with people who have persistent pain. Getting all players on-side is the key to producing meaningful and sustainable improvements for persistent pain sufferers.”
Dr Morris will be joined by her colleagues Dr Chad Taylor and Dr Alessio Agostinis, who will examine the potential risks and behavioural strategies in using morphine-based drugs or painkillers.
The conference is being co-hosted by the Jersey Employers’ Network on Disability (JEND). Spokesman Sally Gallichan said JEND was delighted to be supporting the conference as part of the network’s 15th anniversary activities.
“More and more people have to cope with pain on a daily and on-going basis,” she said. “JEND is eager for employers, as well as those individuals coping with pain, to understand the importance of work in recovery and successful rehabilitation.
“Phased return to work programmes need to be more widely adopted to ensure a higher proportion of working adults remain in work, or are able to successfully return to work.”