Helen Roome has almost 25 years’ experience working as a registered Occupational Therapist in adult physical and psychiatric rehabilitation in her home-country, South Africa. Her curiosity about chronic pain was piqued about 6 years ago when she noted an apparent increase in the incidence of Fibromyalgia/Chronic Widespread Pain in her client population (and even amongst close friends!).
She began her learning journey into pain science by forming a monthly educational support-group for individuals with Fibromyalgia in 2015. She then went on to complete a post-graduate diploma in Interdisciplinary Pain Management (University of Cape Town) in 2019 with distinction. And her learning continues!
Helen is currently in independent OT practice working with adults with chronic pain, stress and fatigue. Many of her clients with chronic pain are engaged in the compensation process and under case-management. Fibromyalgia remains a special interest.
Helen is a member of PainSA and on the executive committee of the newly-formed OT Pain Management group – a special interest group of the OT Association of South Africa that focuses on advocating for the role of OT in pain management and educating OTs on best practice in pain management. Bringing her clinical knowledge and expertise together with her MA Practical Theology, Helen is also interested in exploring the role of spirituality/faith beliefs in the prevention and management of chronic pain.