Pain Management

Learning to live with pain

By: Renee Goossens


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Published: Aug/07 (AU/NZ), Aug/07 (UK)

UPDATE: May 2009 - Pain Management took 3rd Place at the International book awards "Living Now Book Awards" in America within the "Books for Better Living" category.

Pain Management is a unique book written by a patient herself a chronic pain sufferer for over four decades for patients. Renee Goossens recounts her battles with pain and her inspirational success in surviving pain.

This unique book aims to teach patients how to
- communicate with doctors simply,
- be assertive yet polite,
- seek a second opinion without damaging relationships with other treating practitioners,
- assess complementary therapies.

Written in plain language, Pain Management explains the effect of pain on the human nervous system. It provides medical and psychological strategies to enable patients to help themselves. For those living with constant pain, the book acknowledges and clearly demonstrates how to cope with: - Emotional pain
- Depression
- Grief and Loss
- Maximise the quality of life

Pain Management provides up to date information, reference material and case histories on sensitive issues of Dementia Care, Neurological Diseases, the work of Carers, Respite Care, Children's Hospices, Caring for those with Life Limiting Illnesses, Death and Dying and Grief Counselling.

Pain Management will change how you understand and cope with Pain.

REVIEWS John Quintner MB BS FFPMANZCA. Consultant Physician in Rheumatology and Pain Medicine, Pain Medicine Unit, Fremantle Hospital, WA "This book makes a most insightful contribution to the world of pain. The author's concern for suffering humanity shines throughout the lucid text."
Aaron McMillan, concert pianist, composer and cancer survivor
"Having known Renee Goossens as a friend, her words of wisdom and practical advice have given me great comfort while dealing with long-term pain".

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ISBN: 9781921295096

Published: Aug/07 (AU/NZ), Aug/07 (UK)

Format: Paperback

Dimensions: 210 mm  x  135 mm

Extent: 288 pages

Rights Sold: UK, North America

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About The Author

Renee Goossens

Renee Goossens

Medical Researcher, Teacher

Renée Goossens was educated in Australia, Italy, France and England. Trained as a teacher for children with special needs, she studied further in medical research at a leading children’s hospital specialising in neurological disorders. Since the age of 19, she worked with medical teams supporting families suffering from a variety of physical and emotional problems.

At 21, a serious motor vehicle accident kept Renée in hospital for nearly two years. The day she was finally able to leave hospital, she was wheelchair-bound with a lively toddler to raise, Renée was determined to beat the odds and walk again.


From her own experiences, Renée Goossens knows that there is more to the experience of chronic pain than the pain itself. In writing Pain Management, she brings her personal perspective, as one who has successfully fulfilled the roles of mother, teacher, translator, writer and a great friend to many, in the face of increasing physical disability and severe pain.


Her work as a teacher and administrator involved caring for colleagues and students. Later, working in Occupational Health and Safety her spinal condition deteriorated. It was then that Renée began writing and researching for a memoir, a novel, travel articles and this book on managing pain.


Other books A memoir: ‘BELONGING’ published by ABC books 2003.

Diploma in teaching from Westminster College, Oxford

Medical Researcher at Park Hospital for Children with Neurological disorders – ‘a Place of Safety for Battered Babies’, Oxford

Teacher, NSW Department of Education: Music and French also family therapist with children suffering from autism, emotional disturbances and learning disorders, cerebral palsy and spinal disorders.( 8 years)

Lecturer in French at NSW State Conservatorium of Music, Sydney 10 years); Lecture at the National Library of Australia in Canberra.

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