Our Board

Susan Evans : Chairperson

Susan Evans

Chairperson

Dr Susan Evans is a Gynaecologist, Laparoscopic Surgeon and Specialist Pain Medicine Physician in Adelaide, with particular interest in the management of pelvic pain.  She is the author of the book 'Endometriosis and Pelvic Pain' and co-author of the policy document 'The $6Billion Woman and the $600 Million Girl: The Pelvic Pain Report'. She has a long held interest in improving the Quality of Life for women and girls with pelvic pain.

Kathy Allen : Treasurer

Kathy Allen

Treasurer

Kathy Allen is a Chartered Accountant with over 20 years’ experience consulting to a wide range of businesses and medical practices. Kathy is a director of Dewings, and specialises in helping businesses improve their management systems, grow their businesses and creatively (and legally) minimise their tax. She is a member of the Institute of Chartered Accountants and was the inaugural winner of the CA President’s Award, and is also a Chartered Tax Advisor with the Tax Institute of Australia and a member of Family Business Australia.

Kathy is passionate about helping people to achieve their full potential which is what drew her to the Pelvic Pain Foundation of Australia.  Currently living with someone with a Chronic illness she understands the pressures this can put on their lives and those around them. To be involved in an organisation that educates  and supports those dealing with Chronic pain, and promotes research and advocacy that will improve their quality of life was an exciting opportunity to be embraced.

Tiffany Brooks : Secretary

Tiffany Brooks

Secretary

Tiffany Brooks has recently completed her Master of Psychology (Health) at The University of Adelaide and is currently working as a registered psychologist for Maximus Solutions. Her Honours Degree in Psychology researched the need for improved services for women with pelvic pain, and her Masters Degree in Psychology researched the issues around Pelvic Pain and the Family. The findings of this study were presented at the Australian Pain Society meeting in 2014. Her current position allows her to work with patients with a wide range of pelvic conditions, looking at practical ways of improving their quality of life.

She completed a Diploma of Hypnosis in 2012 and has previously held the position of Secretary for the South Australian Society of Hypnosis. Tiffany has previously been diagnosed with a number of pelvic conditions and has personally experienced persistent pelvic pain for over 15 years.

 

Donna Benge : Board Member

Donna Benge

Board Member

Donna is Special Counsel in Piper Alderman’s Private Client Services practice, specialising in trusts, succession planning and deceased estates.  She is a full member of the Society of Trust & Estate Practitioners (STEP), the leading worldwide professional body in the field of trusts, governance, estates and related issues.  She is also a committee member of STEP South Australia.  Donna advises the Board on issues of governance and policy.

Meredith Craigie : Board Member

Meredith Craigie

Board Member

Dr Craigie is a Specialist Anaesthetist and Pain Medicine Physician who works in the Pain Management Unit at the Royal Adelaide Hospital and in private practice at Pelvic Pain SA.  She visits Flinders Medical Centre to conduct the Paediatric Pain Management Clinic. After a 25 year career in anaesthesia specialising in paediatric anaesthesia and pain management, Dr Craigie is now focussed fully on pain medicine.  Her special interests include pain in childhood and adolescence, chronic pelvic pain, education in pain medicine and overseas aid.

Dr Craigie is a member of the Board of the Faculty of Pain Medicine, Chair of the FPM Curriculum Redesign Project Steering Group, a member of the FPM Education Committee and has been an Examiner since 2002.  She is the Chair of the FPM Paediatric Pain Working Party, a member of the Pain in Childhood Special Interest Group of the Australian Pain Society and established a Pain in Adolescence and Childhood multidisciplinary interest group in South Australia. She is a founding member of the Flinders Overseas Health Group and teaches neonatal and paediatric resuscitation and pain management in their programs in eastern Indonesia.

Meike Wise : Board Member

Meike Wise

Board Member

Meike has a long history of pelvic pain symptoms and has previously been diagnosed with endometriosis. She is dedicated to helping girls and women that are experiencing chronic pelvic pain, self-manage their condition. Outside her daily job as a Project Team Manager for a city based IT company, Meike also co-founded the Endometriosis Network Group SA on Facebook and runs an endometriosis lifestyle blog that focuses on what women can do to self-manage their condition to make the best out of their daily life.