Rachael West – Founder
Rachael initially trained as an engineer. Personal experience inspired her to work in pain care but she initially hid her background. When Rachael realised how complex pain was for the health care system, she understood her experience in engineering, social innovation and strategy could contribute.
In her 2017 TEDx talk Rachael proposed a way for Australia to affordably implement flexible, nimble pain services that meet changing community needs. It was based on the tools we had used to train Yoga for Pain Practitioners since 2014, and we have been expanding that to work at community-level through partnerships with forward-thinking agencies.
Rachael has spoken at the 36th Annual Pain Scientific Meeting, hospitals, universities and community groups. She sees yoga as more than a means for pain management – it offers a path to more meaningful lives and a way for us all to make sense of pain’s pyschosocial and cultural challenges.
Rachael also holds a University Diploma in Yogic Education at the University of Lille, France.
Nicole Moore – Pain Health Expert
Nicole is a pain management physiotherapist at The Royal Melbourne Hospital (RMH) and has specialised in the field of neurology and pain for the past 10 years.
Nicole’s evaluation of Yoga for Pain Practitioner Training as part of her Master in Public Health was presented as a poster at the Australian Pain Society’s 36th Annual Scientific Meeting and Nicole’s input played a significant part in shaping the Yoga for Pain training program.
She has successfully introduced the ‘mindful movement group’ within tertiary care. Her wider mission is to help people with pain regain control of their health-care improved access to appropriate yoga programs.
Theresa Venz – Training and Research Assistant
Theresa brings extensive background in anthropology, yoga teaching, yoga therapy and Shiatsu massage therapist.
Theresa has practiced yoga for more than 20 years and has been teaching since 2011 with Cancer Council WA, Multiple Sclerosis Society of WA, King Edward Memorial Hospital, Bloom Yoga Room and Standing Strong, a wellness club for girls that aims to build confidence, self-esteem and resilience. Theresa works privately as a rehabilitation assistant.
Jane Leslie – Arthritis Expert
Physiotherapist and yoga instructor Jane Leslie completed the evidence-based “Yoga for Arthritis”™ training in the US in 2014 and brought the 8-week course to Australia.
Jane brings a background in hospital, military and overseas aid physiotherapy, and 13 years focused on mind-body therapy approaches in private practice and community settings in Hong Kong, Melbourne and Perth.
Her work helps people of all ability levels modify their yoga practice to realise the full benefits of yoga.
Jane aims to connect clients with yoga teachers who have evidence-based specialty training. She believes these teachers are an important bridge for people moving from passive health care to community classes and their own practice.
Jane teaches Clinical Pilates, yoga and “Yoga for Arthritis”™ at Wisdom Physiotherapy Nedlands W.A, and the Arthritis and Osteoporosis Foundation (WA). She also completed Yoga for Pain Preliminaries in 2015.