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2015 Eastern Bay of Plenty Seminar

Thursday 19th March 2015

The Bay of Plenty Multiple Sclerosis will be holding a seminar which is open to all Society members, their family and friends, as well as the general public.

Date: Thursday 19th March 2015

Venue: Disability Resource Centre, 141 King Street, Whakatane


10.30 am arrival and morning tea

11.00 am first speaker - Sachiko Kawakami from Phoenix Psychology Ltd

11.30 am second speaker - Phyllis Huitema from Neurological Foundation of New Zealand

12.00 pm open floor / question time

12.30 pm finish

Free to all paid MS Society members, $2 for non-paid members or general public.

Please RSVP to Rachelle by the 10th March for catering purposes and so we have enough seats.  Thank you.

Sachiko Kawakami - Phoenix Psychology Ltd

Sachiko is a registered psychologist (under General Scope), who has trained in health psycology at Massey University in New Zealand. She has worked in a private practice with individuals who had chronic pain and illnesses such as cancer, hypertension, and fibromyalgia, as well as anxiety, depression, and Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD). As a Health Psychologist, Sachiko has a particular interest in managing physical health conditions including stress and a variety of chronic illnesses. She researched in male osteoporosis for a Masterís thesis project and has taken a musculoskeletal medicine (pain management) programme from Otago University. Her training and experience include Cognitive Behaviour Therapy (CBT), Acceptance and Commitment therapy (ACT), Metacognitive therapy (MCT), Solution-focussed therapy (SFT), Logo Therapy, Relaxation techniques and Mindfulness.

Sachiko was born and grew up in Japan, went to high school in the USA, and completed a philosophy degree in Tokyo. She migrated to New Zealand in 2003. Sachiko understands and respects different cultural / personal values and speaks Japanese and English fluently. She has been involved in health related programmes in Maori, Pasifica and European communities. Sachiko takes refers from ACC (pain management psychological services). GPs, health organisations / practitioners, language schools, as well as self-referrals for individual assessment and therapy.

Phyllis Huitema - Neurological Foundation of New Zealand

Phyllis has worked for the Neurological Foundation of New Zealand since July 2014 in the role of Community Liaison and Bequest Coordinator and she is responsible for the Waikato, King Country and Taranaki regions.Phyllis has worked for many community organisations including serving on the Board of THINK which is Head Injury Net work for New Zealand.

She currently serves on the Northern B Health and Disability Ethics Committee for the Ministry of Health. She also has a lay personís role with Professionals that work under the Health Practitioners Competence Assurance Act 2003 in terms of Professional Conduct, particularly with the Medical Council of New Zealand.

Phyllis is a Rotarian and also a Justice of the Peace and lives in Hamilton.