“What I have learned throughout this year is
that healing is not linear; patients want timelines and
medicine optimisation, but the body doesn’t always comply.
This is where knowledge of health, pain, and analgesic
medication can be utilised,” she explains.

“A
Psychologist can provide psychoeducation, support effective
communication between the patient and their team, and reduce
a patient’s time spent in hospital through mobilisation of
their pain-related cognitions and behaviours. My role as an
Intern Psychologist in the Acute Pain Service is part of the
inquiry into making sense of a patient’s cognitions and
pain behaviours.”

The dedicated position of a
Psychology Intern role has provided needed support to
patients and whānau. Staff within the service now consult
with Sheralee on optimal ways of interacting with specific
patients, interpersonal approaches and responding to patient
needs/barriers to care.

The successful trial has been
described as one involving a great idea, a lot of patience,
and cross services collaboration, which has helped reduce
patient treatment times with the use of effective
therapeutic
interventions.

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