Dr Katherine Treves
Clinical Psychologist, Persistent Pain Service, Taranaki DHB, New Plymouth, NZ

Kate is a Clinical Psychologist who has worked in physical health at Base Hospital, New Plymouth, over the past nine years. Kate trained in the UK and worked in South Wales and at the INPUT pain management programme at St Thomas’ Hospital in London before moving overseas. Along with others in the persistent pain team at Taranaki DHB, she helped establish the pain management and pain education programmes at Base Hospital which continue to run today.  


Surfing the Wave: Does PEP Help?

Taranaki is renowned for its waves and legendary surfing. The persistent pain service in the area is however unlikely to be unique in facing what can feel like a tidal wave of referrals, with the potential to flatten a small team with finite resources. The presentation will discuss our team’s response to managing what is a worldwide predicament in healthcare today. The structure of our service will be described with particular reference to PEP - the pain education programme we have established.