We are delighted here at the Fibromyalgia Support Network to introduce you to our inaugural Patron, Associate Professor Geoffrey Littlejohn.
Geoffrey Littlejohn is Associate Professor of Medicine, Monash University, and Director of Rheumatology at Monash Medical Centre, Melbourne and Adjunct Professor Edith Cowan University, Perth He has published over 200 articles on a variety of rheumatologic disorders and has a longstanding interest in fibromyalgia and chronic pain syndromes, about which he has written extensively and lectured on both nationally and internationally.
Our Honorary Life Members have made an outstanding contribution towards making the Fibromyalgia Support Network what it is today.
Dr Kaye Brand PhD established the Fibromyalgia Support Network in Perth, Western Australia in 2008. Professionally Dr Brand is a Physiotherapist. She was diagnosed with Fibromyalgia over 15 years ago and found that there was very little education and support for people with this condition in Western Australia. In 2005 she completed her PhD research into Fibromyalgia with the development of the Fibromyalgia Bladder Index. In 2008 Dr Brand won a scholarship to Washington DC from the National Fibromyalgia Association (USA) for advocacy training for people diagnosed with Fibromyalgia. Dr Brand is no longer working clinically as a Physiotherapist but prefers to work now within her community through the not for profit Fibromyalgia Support Network.
Donelle Paul joined the Fibromyalgia Support Network of WA Committee in 2008 and was later appointed as Vice President. Donelle created the Networks first website and online forums and played a major role in the establishment of the Network as an Incorporated Body. Donelle’s skills in event management were particularly helpful in organizing events such as the public educational forum and High Tea to celebrate International Fibromyalgia Awareness Day. Donelle resides in Mandurah and continues to be involved as the host of the Mandurah coffee mornings.
Sian Doughty was a founding Committee Member of the Fibromyalgia Support Network of WA when it was established in 2008. As an Occupational Therapist, Sian was able to connect people within the medical profession to the Network. Family commitments and other health issues (including Fibromyalgia) promoted a sea change for Sian who moved to enjoy the crisp air in Albany. Once settled, Sian started the monthly Albany Coffee mornings which continues to meet. This coffee morning has strengthened the support for people with Fibromyalgia in the south-west region.