Rehabilitation Psychology of Injury, Chronic Illness, and Pain Interest Group

Committee Information

APS Interest Groups support members with special interests, assist communication between members interested in similar fields and advise the APS on issues related to their area of interest. Interest Group membership is open to all APS members and Interest group committee members are volunteer roles.

 

Below are details of the current committee and vacancies. If you are interested in joining the committee, click here to complete an expression of interest/nomination form to be considered. Please feel free to contact Interest Group committee members or APS Member Groups ([email protected]) with any queries or suggestions about the engagement for members of this Interest Group around Australia.

 

Convener

Dr Elizabeth Kilgour
Phone: 0408363137
Beth has decades of experience in private practice helping clients manage common psychological concerns, with a special interest in complex injuries and chronic health conditions. She uses a range of evidence-based interventions to assist adjustment and recovery, including clinical hypnosis for pain management. Beth is a long-time member of the APS and RPICIPIG, a fellow of the College of Counselling Psychologists, and member of the Australian Society of Hypnosis. She holds a PhD in Public Health and trained in Work Disability Prevention at the University of Toronto, Canada. Beth’s research interests focus on injured claimants, healthcare providers and compensation systems. Recent studies include the evaluation of outcomes for longer-term WorkSafe claimants, and review of the Joint Medical Examination process introduced by the Transport Accident Commission in Victoria. Beth is currently an Adjunct Senior Researcher with Monash University School of Epidemiology and Preventive Medicine.

Secretary

Ms Bianca Comfort
Bianca works in private practice as a Clinical Psychologist at Deco Place in Croydon. She has a particular interest in working with individuals with chronic pain, chronic illness and health concerns, workplace or motor vehicle injury, adjustment to life changes, and expatriate/repatriate issues.

Bianca takes an integrative and client-centered approach in working with her clients. She is trained in in a range of evidence-based therapies. She has worked in private, public and community mental health settings, in Australia and abroad.

Bianca is an active member of various groups and committees relating to the psychological treatment of chronic illness and pain, and is passionate about advocating for this client group. She also enjoys helping other psychologists connect with each other via networking and PD opportunities.

Treasuer

Mr John Alder

Committee Member

Dr Anna Devlin

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Dr Elias Mpofu

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Ms Anne Marie Sarandrea

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Dr Diana Dorstyn

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Dr Ashley Craig
Dr Ashley Craig is the Professor of Rehabilitation Studies in the Northern Clinical School, Faculty of Medicine and Health, The University of Sydney, and is a member of the Kolling Institute of Medical Research, Royal North Shore Hospital. He has been researching the impact of traumatic and non traumatic injury and chronic illness on health (especially mental health) and recovery/resilience for many years. This includes, for example, conducting randomised clinical trials investigating the efficacy of psychological therapies for people sustaining minor to severe injuries. He is also a senior clinical psychologist who specialises in treating the impacts of injury including depression, anxiety disorder, PTSD and chronic pain, with a focus on strengthening factors that improve resilience. He is a founding member of the Rehabilitation Psychology of Injury, Chronic Illness and Pain Interest Group.

Committee Member

Position vacant