T-Trainer, Facilitator, SME Consultant (CDSMP, Diabetes, Chronic Pain)
A 20-year career with the Rehabilitation League saw Pam managing a multi-disciplinary Vocational Assessment, Rehabilitation and Training team, working with variously disabled and disadvantaged people. This formed a very strong background for Pam's later work as Health Educator and National Trainer with Arthritis New Zealand (formerly the Arthritis Foundation). Among other activities in the latter role, Pam co-wrote the popular Step Ahead Falls prevention course for older people living independently. This course was conducted under the aegis of Age Concern. Having trained many leaders of the Stanford (California) Self Management for Chronic Conditions Course ('CDSMP' in the U.S.), Pam was invited in 2004 to Stanford University to complete her training as a T-Trainer for the CDSMP, the most senior level of trainer. Since that time, she has both trained and worked as a coach and mentor for Master Trainers and Leaders. Pam has high standards and strives to ensure the quality of the programme is maintained at the level required under the Stanford license. (In NZ the course is known as Living a Healthy Life (LHL), or Living Improvements for Everyone (LIFE). Pam has a deep interest in people who live with long-term health conditions and the issues they face. She is a skilled facilitator trainer who can train others to work with people in a way that will enable to them to become effective self managers and thus, enjoy optimum quality of life. She also works as Executive Officer for the Auckland Disability Providers Network Inc. Pam has attended cross-training for Diabetes Self-Management at Stanford University in California and subsequently completed the chronic pain cross-training.