User:Melissa Coetsee

About Me[edit | edit source]

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I am a qualified physiotherapist from South Africa with just over 10 years of clinical experience. Over the years I have developed a special interest in public health and I am currently studying towards a Postgraduate Diploma in Public Health.

Over the past years, I have had the privilege of working in three different countries (South Africa, New Zealand & Malawi) and have seen how valuable our profession can be in various different contexts. There is such a great need for rehabilitation everywhere and I dream of seeing universal healthcare becoming a reality, especially with regards to rehabilitation. I am passionate about community prevention and rehabilitation programs, as well as mental health and chronic pain conditions.

As a Physiopedia volunteer I hope to contribute to the making current research more accessible to physiotherapists globally, while expanding my skills in content editing and writing.

Education[edit | edit source]

  • BSc Physiotherapy, University of Stellenbosch (2012)
  • Certificate in Pain Management, Train Pain Academy (2020)
  • Postgraduate Diploma in Public Health, University of Pretoria (2022 - current)

Physiopedia Badges[edit | edit source]


Professional Affiliations[edit | edit source]

  1. HPCSA
  2. South African Society of Physiotherapy (SASP)

Fields of Interest[edit | edit source]

  • Public and Global Health
  • Pain Neuroscience
  • Mental Health
  • HIV rehabilitation
  • Community programmes
  • Overuse injuries

Publications[edit | edit source]

My first page contribution to Physiopedia involved writing the initial content of the following page:

Mental Health Interventions for People Living With HIV

And creating a new page:

Pain in People Living with HIV

Where you can find me[edit | edit source]