Workshop program

All workshops will be conducted on Wednesday 30 March 2022 at the Brisbane Convention and Exhibition Centre, unless specified otherwise.
Please note some workshops are Full Day and some are Half Day.

Wednesday 30 March

08:30 am – 05:00 pm
Confirming the science of the practice of acupuncture and dry needling.

Over a decade ago a group of trial leads agreed to collaborate, in the first international individual patient data (IPD) meta-analysis of acupuncture for chronic musculoskeletal pain.

In this Tai Chi workshop participants will learn one of the mindfulness Physio-Chi forms to teach their clients. Powerful acu-points are used.

Complementary and Alternative Medicines (CAM) research encompasses a range of treatment approaches, of which massage, manipulative therapy, and acupuncture are within the scope of physiotherapy practice.

On the basis of acupuncture protocols and research literature observations, guiding principles of treatment doses with acupuncture and TENS will be offered and a practical demonstration.

Learning Outcomes

  • Participants will better understand the principles, strengths and challenges of IPD meta-analysis using the example of acupuncture for chronic musculoskeletal pain
  • Participants will be more familiar with best evidence from this international dataset about the effectiveness of acupuncture, and the implications for both clinical practice and future research
  • Participant physiotherapists learn a form of mindfulness Tai Chi exercise which is an Evidence Based Practice. Tai Chi shows significant benefit for Parkinson’s Disease, Fibromyalgia, Balance, co-ordination and depression, Multiple Scleroses, Chronic Heart failure, Cerebral Vascular Disorders, Chronic Low Back Pain
  • The Tai Chi modified form of Physio-Chi is readily learnt and a video supplied will allow ongoing reference to ensure learning the form is supported
  • Recognise the role of CAM research, and its essential contribution to evidence-based practice in selected areas of clinical practice in physiotherapy
  • Identify the key challenges and issues underpinning selected areas of CAM research; and, understand the relevance of these to evidence-based decision making in physiotherapy
  • Participants will gain an understanding of the mechanisms of stimulation induced analgesia and will be informed on the determinants of appropriate stimulation parameters and the importance of treatment dose
  • Participants will be able to evaluate published literature protocols and analyse their efficacy on the principles of adequate dosing

Room: P 6

Presenters: Nadine Foster, Jenny Lucy, David Baxter and Panos Barlas
08:30 am – 12:30 pm (HALF DAY)
The integrated approach to management of equine stifle injury.

The aim of the workshop is to explore the integration of veterinary medicine, physiotherapy and farriery in managing stifle injuries in the horse. In the four hours we will look at how each profession assesses the stifle injury and how each profession can contribute to the best outcome for the equine athlete with stifle injury. Dr Albert Guitart, veterinarian, will be the main presenter, with input from Craig Jones, master farrier. Lesley Goff and Stephanie Batterham (physiotherapists) will assist in the presentation.

Learning Outcomes

  • Participants will gain an overview of the anatomy and biomechanics of the equine stifle and the pathophysiology of stifle injury
  • Participants will gain an understanding of the reasoning behind the veterinary examination of the stifle
  • Participants will gain an understanding of the reasoning behind the physiotherapy examination of the stifle
  • Participants will gain an understanding of the reasoning behind the farrier’s examination of the hindlimb and foot and how this relates to the biomechanics and injury management of the equine stifle.
  • Participants will gain an understanding of how the different professions integrate to achieve optimal outcomes in equine stifle injury

Location:
Offsite venue – University of Queensland

Presenters: Albert Sole Guitart and Craig Jones
08:30 am – 12:30 pm (HALF DAY)
Aquatic aerobic and resistance exercise training for adults.

This session will cover theoretical and practical aspects of aquatic aerobic and resistance exercise training programs for adults, including those with medical conditions. There will be a focus on group sessions, though exercises learnt during this session will be applicable for individual training.

This session will cover exercise guidelines, ideas for class layouts, exercise selection, safety, assessments, and monitoring in a theory session, followed by a practical session covering types of aerobic, resistance and balance exercises. The practical session will get participants actively engaging in exercises and will provide ideas for progressions, and modifications for people with comorbidities.

Learning Outcomes

  • Understand current adult exercise guidelines.
  • Understand considerations for programing an aquatic exercise class for adults, including area layout, class structure, assessments and managing comorbidities
  • Learn aquatic aerobic exercise training techniques, modifications, and progressions
  • Learn aquatic resistance exercise training techniques, modifications, and progressions

Location:
Offsite venue – Royal Women’s Brisbane Hospital, Women’s Health Gym, Herston

Presenter: Anna Scheer

Changes in funding for long term neurological clients and clients own choice in goal setting have seen an increase in the use of aquatic physiotherapy. Common issues often needing to be managed are spasticity, stiffness and lack of motivation.

Techniques and activities to improve co-ordination, balance, strength and function will be discussed and practiced. Adult clients will be the focus, but many ideas can be used for older children.

Using available evidence and clinical experience the session offers ideas to enhance and extend your aquatic sessions with a range of neurological clients including those with Acquired Brain Injury and  Cerebral Palsy.

Learning Outcomes

  • Demonstrate appropriate techniques or exercise selection and progression for a range of  common presenting physical neurological problems including spasticity (increased tone) and stiffness
  • Demonstrate the ability to prescribe a range of activities to enhance physical activity in a neurological client with varying levels of mobility
  • Identify and use a range of aquatic equipment that can add variety to aquatic programs for neurological client requiring strength and fitness

Location:
Offsite venue – Royal Women’s Brisbane Hospital, Women’s Health Gym, Herston

Presenter: Judy Larsen
08:30 am – 05:00 pm
Resilience – your business health check.

In a challenging world with COVID, physiotherapy businesses must be fluid and adaptable in order to survive. In this full day comprehensive workshop, you will hear from industry leaders on how to not only survive a pandemic, but also how to thrive!

Key themes will focus on the following; learn how to diagnose the health of your business, perform the appropriate rehab for struggling businesses (crisis response and recovery strategies) and how to progress to preventative management for future disasters and downturns!

Each speaker will have a number of key learning outcomes from their presentation.
Some of the key learning outcomes include

  • Identify strategies that will assist your business to save money
  • Learn how to track where the business is doing well and where it needs attention
  • Identify strategies that will assist you plan for the future of your business, implement key components of your next steps, and ensure these are scalable for future growth.
  • You will be aware of the challenges and potential hurdles faced when trying to develop a product and strategies to overcome these
  • Have the emotional tools to manage anxiety and frustration in the workplace
  • Appropriately perform interviews/techniques to assist with the mental health of your staff and importantly, yourself
  • Attendees will gain valuable industry information and group think based on anecdotal evidence from a large base of Australian clinic owners and will identify if their clinics face similar challenges
  • Attendees will apply this information to their own clinics to identify key areas of focus and key challenges.They will then identify strategies for business repair to future proof their businesses based on their areas of challenge

Room: P 9

Presenters: Antony Hirst, Annette Tonkin, David Halvorsen, Nicholas Schuster, Mark Opar, David Brentnall and Tony Ganter
08:30 am – 12:30 pm (HALF DAY)
Chronic oedema, the hidden epidemic, and its relationship with cellulitis.

Chronic oedema is a common but often overlooked condition that leads to increased morbidity and healthcare costs, and predisposes patients to cellulitis. Chronic oedema disproportionately affects the elderly, and those with chronic diseases or a history of cancer. This workshop will provide an overview of the literature and practical clinical tips on chronic oedema assessment and management, and on cellulitis identification and prevention.

Learning Outcomes

  • Describe the pathophysiology of chronic oedema
  • Explain the principles of physiotherapy assessment and management for chronic oedema, including identification of red flags
  • Identify the risk factors for cellulitis and recognise the relationship between chronic oedema and cellulitis
  • Recognise the difference between cellulitis and ‘red legs’
  • Describe the current research and expert advice on strategies to prevent recurrent cellulitis

This workshop will be combined with the Gerontology National Group. 

Room: P 11

Presenter: Elizabeth Webb

Functional anatomy lecture of the upper torso, breast, axilla and shoulder complex, followed by an active workshop*.

  • Surface anatomy of the shoulder and upper torso
  • Musculoskeletal assessment of the shoulder and upper torso in breast cancer patients
  • Case studies to explore physiotherapy treatment strategies for common musculoskeletal issues following breast cancer surgery

* Note active participation of surface anatomy on fellow workshop participants, followed by active participation of surface anatomy on breast cancer patient ; please dress in a way that allows for active participation

 Learning Outcomes

  • Understanding of the functional anatomy of the upper torso, axilla and shoulder complex
  • Ability to identify bony structures, joints and muscles of the upper torso and shoulder complex on healthy women and women who have had breast cancer surgery/treatment
  • Understanding of the regional anatomy of the breast and ability to identify the surface anatomy of the breast
  • Develop skills in musculoskeletal assessment and clinical reasoning to solve problems related to the physical side-effects of breast cancer surgery/treatment

Room: P 1

Presenter: Deirdre McGhee
01:00 pm – 05:00 pm (HALF DAY)
Make it happen! How to implement cardiorespiratory evidence into routine practice.

When implementing cardiorespiratory physiotherapy treatments, it is important to consider what makes it effective. This includes clinical and cost-effectiveness and patient value. Barriers and enablers from the perspective of the patient, clinician and health system factors can influence the success of implementation. This session will outline how to determine which cardiorespiratory physiotherapy treatment have value and how to implement new therapies into routine practice. Small group discussions of a mix of cardiorespiratory interventions and their corresponding challenges and facilitators of implementation will be incorporated. A panel forum highlighting further examples of implementing evidence into practice will conclude the workshop.

Learning Outcomes

  • Have an understanding of what constitutes effective treatment, including clinical efficacy, cost-effectiveness and patient value
  • Gain knowledge of barriers and enablers of implementing evidence into practice, related to patient, clinician and health care system factors
  • Have discussed and reviewed the challenges and facilitators of implementing a mix of examples of cardiorespiratory interventions into practice

Room: P 3 & 4

Presenters: Narelle Cox and Ianthe Boden
08.30 am – 12.30 pm (HALF DAY)
Exploring postural care and body shape distortions (focusing on supported lying).

This workshop is targeted at physiotherapists working with children and adults with physical disability and movement challenges.

The workshop will cover the following topics

  • 24 hour postural care with a focus on supported lying.
  • how and why body distortions occur in this client group.
  • the principles of postural care and key areas to analyse in regards to preventing or correcting body shape distortions (with a particular focus on the pelvis, hips and chest).

Importantly, it will provide the clinician with a framework for putting the knowledge gained into their clinical practice straight away.

Participants will have the opportunity to analyse postures and classify body shape distortions utilising case studies, photos, videos and practice on each other.

How to prevent, maintain or correct distortions using the applied knowledge will be explored throughout the workshop.

Please wear comfortable clothing to enable participation in practical components.

Learning Outcomes

  • Understand the principles of 24 hour postural care
  • Discuss the causes and impact of body shape distortion
  • Analyse postures and classify body shape distortions, with a particular focus on pelvis, hips and chest
  • Take a methodical approach to management of body shape distortions in clinical practice

Room: P 8

Presenters: Denise Luscombe and Bas Jansen

This workshop will focus on the role of the Physiotherapist in the assessment for wheelchair seating.  We provide an assessment framework to enable physiotherapists to conduct a comprehensive assessment and make clinical decisions to best meet the postural and functional wheelchair seating requirements of their clients.

Topics covered:

  • Seating principles and terminology
  • Assessment framework and forms
  • Postural assessment demo/practice
    • Supine
    • Sitting
  • Interpretation and analysis of assessment data for prescription
  • Postural support design options

Learning Outcomes 

  • Understand the principles of seating for posture and function
  • Increase the awareness of wheelchair seating terminology
  • Overview of the purpose and process of seating assessment
  • Learn how to conduct a postural assessment for seating

Room: P 8

Presenter: Bas Jansen
08:30 am – 5:00 pm
Emergency department physiotherapy trauma study day.

A range of medical, nursing and physiotherapy presenters will provide insight into a variety of aspects of trauma that may present to physiotherapists working in ED, including:

  • Head injury management
  • Management of simple wounds and when to refer
  • Initial management of fractures and dislocations
  • How to perform a safe and effective primary, secondary and tertiary survey.

Teaching methods will be practically based, with lectures, case studies and insights from highly regarded ED clinicians.

Learning Outcomes

  • Improved knowledge about managing traumatic injuries such as fractures and dislocations in the emergency department
  • Able to identify when patients present with injuries that are out of scope for physiotherapists such as wounds and head injuries and when to refer on
  • Able to perform a comprehensive primary, secondary and tertiary survey for patients who have sustained traumatic injuries

Room: P 7

TBA
08.30 pm – 12.30 pm (HALF DAY)
Chronic oedema, the hidden epidemic, and its relationship with cellulitis.

Chronic oedema is a common but often overlooked condition that leads to increased morbidity and healthcare costs, and predisposes patients to cellulitis. Chronic oedema disproportionately affects the elderly, and those with chronic diseases or a history of cancer. This workshop will provide an overview of the literature and practical clinical tips on chronic oedema assessment and management, and on cellulitis identification and prevention.

Learning Outcomes

  • Describe the pathophysiology of chronic oedema.
  • Explain the principles of physiotherapy assessment and management for chronic oedema, including identification of red flags.
  • Identify the risk factors for cellulitis and recognise the relationship between chronic oedema and cellulitis.
  • Recognise the difference between cellulitis and ‘red legs’.
  • Describe the current research and expert advice on strategies to prevent recurrent cellulitis.

This workshop will be combined with the Cancer, Palliative Care and Lymphoedema National Group. 

Room: P 11

Presenter: Elizabeth Webb

Researchers – have you ever wondered how to do more translative practical research that makes a difference in real time?

Clinicians – have you ever wondered whether research can add anything to your clinical practice?

This workshop will help to create research and clinical practice partnerships by bringing clinicians and researchers together. At the end of this session, clinicians will be able to identify the self-directed resources available to develop their research skills while researchers will be able to identify the practical strategies to engage and partner with clinicians to undertake demand-driven research.

Learning Outcomes

  • Develop a personal plan to progress research aspirations
  • Recognise the steps to develop and undertake a clinical research project
  • Develop relevant clinical and research networks

Room: P 1

Presenters: Anne-Marie Hill and Sze-Ee Soh
08:30 am - 12:30 pm (HALF DAY)
Staying mentally healthy: in the clinic, at the workplace, everyday: for workplace, worker, clinician. Is it possible?

The National Health Survey 2017–18 estimated 1 in 5 Australians reported a mental or behavioural condition. Anxiety and depression result in 6 million lost working days annually.  SafeWork Australia reports, 7,200 Australians as compensated for work-related mental health conditions costing $543 million. Physiotherapists are well placed to help address mental health issues in patients and workplaces with appropriate interventions within their scope of practice. Using case studies and scenarios, this workshop assists participants to understand the mental health continuum, explore the impact of poor mental health for individuals including strategies to assist, to understand and experience the value of selfcare, and to explore the characteristics of mentally healthy, safe workplaces.

Learning Outcomes
At the end of this workshop attendees should be able to:

  • Recognise signs of poor mental health
  • Appreciate the impact of poor mental health on the worker and develop basic strategies to assist the person with poor mental health
  • Appreciate the value of body-based practice in self-care
  • Gain skills in the identification of psychosocial hazards and controls and Identify reasonable adjustments to support stay at work/return to work following psychological injury/illness

This workshop will be combined with the Occupational Health National Group. 

Room: P 3 & 4

Presenters: Nicole Hughes, Jo Connaughton and Ellen Lake

Trauma-based care has a unique position within the physiotherapy landscape and spans multiple domains, yet specialised approaches are required for adequate management of patients. Trauma-based physiotherapy is a unique and challenging domain of our profession, with patients reporting heterogeneous symptom presentations. Adequate and high-quality interventions within the first few months post-trauma are crucial for the likelihood of successful recovery. Whilst the importance of acknowledging the biopsychosocial model is broadly recognised and increasingly supported by a rapidly growing body of evidence, often it is unclear what high-quality care entails.

In addition, practitioners’ confidence around the implementation of psychologically-informed interventions may be lacking. This pre-conference workshop, which is a collaboration between the Pain group and the Mental Health group, will address the role of physiotherapy for different trauma-based patient presentations. High-level speakers and experts in this area will share their knowledge and experience through discussions around case scenarios. This will provide guidance and practical tools for the implementation of high-quality trauma-based care.

 

Learning Outcomes:

  • Understand the role a physiotherapist has in the management of trauma
  • Understand the impact trauma may have on patient presentation and management
  • Identify common traits in patient presentations with a trauma background
  • Become familiar with management strategies used in the implementation of high quality trauma based care

This workshop will be combined with the Pain National Group. 

Room: P 5

Presenters: Michele Sterling, Melanie Block and Des O’Shaughnessy
01:00 pm – 05:00 pm (HALF DAY)
Managing pain in active individuals.

The workshop will provide an up-to-date, evidence-based overview of pain management in active individuals.  The content will be delivered through a hybrid workshop, consisting of lectures, case studies, panel discussion and audience engagement. Attendees will hear from clinician-researchers about the importance of considering neurophysiological, biomechanical, and psychological factors when managing pain in active individuals.  Attendees will be given an opportunity to use clinical reasoning to work through a series of case studies in groups. Speakers will provide support to unpick and determine which biopsychosocial factors are contributing to the specific case studies presented, and design a targeted management plan.

Learning Outcomes

  • Develop an understanding of different biopsychosocial factors that might contribute to an active individual’s pain
  • Understand how to assess and manage pain in active individuals
  • Be able to better engage patients using an active learning approach
  • Have the foundations to support patients to build self-efficacy and promote self-management

This workshop will be combined with the Sports and Exercise National Group. 

Room: P 10

Presenters: JP Caneiro, Dr Samantha Bunzli and Associate Professor Christian Barton
08.30 am – 12.30 pm (HALF DAY)
Training higher level mobility in adolescents and adults with acquired brain injury.

This workshop will present an evidence-based intervention program for retraining high-level mobility skills for adolescents and adults with acquired brain injury. Participants will be required to use knowledge of the biomechanics of, and muscle function for, gait and running, together with the primary impairments contributing to higher level mobility limitations to guide clinical decision making and treatment selection. Through interactive case presentations the participants will discuss the critical evaluation and training of high-level mobility. Interactive video case studies to discuss and develop management options based on the learnt material will be incorporated into this workshop. Practical demonstration on the application of interventions for high-level mobility will be included.

Learning Outcomes

  • To understand and identify the biomechanical differences and similarities between walking and running in healthy individuals, and those with neurological injury
  • To be able to critically evaluate high-level mobility limitations in people with neurological injury
  • To be select, apply and evaluate task-specific interventions to improving high-level mobility
  • To gain practical experience in the application of interventions aimed to improve high-level mobility

Room: P 10

Presenter: Gavin Williams

This workshop will focus on the practical aspects of teaching seated mobility skills for people with spinal cord injuries however the content will be equally relevant to people with different types of paralysis who are wheelchair dependent. The following skills will be covered: rolling, moving from lying to sitting, sitting unsupported and transferring from a wheelchair onto a bed. Time will be devoted to analysing the movement strategies adopted by skilled performers, and then considering some of the common impairments limiting those who are recently paralysed. The session will be based on the principles of motor relearning and will incorporate the concept of “similar but simpler”.

 

Learning Outcomes

At the end of this workshop, delegates will be able to:

  • List the movement strategies used by people with paraplegia and C6 tetraplegia to roll, move from lying to sitting, sit unsupported and transfer onto a bed
  • Identify common impairments that prevent moving about from a seated position
  • Develop an appropriate treatment plan to improve seated mobility following the principles of motor relearning and incorporating the concept of “similar but simpler”

Location:
Offsite venue – Princess Alexander Hospital Brisbane, Physiotherapy Department

Presenters: Lisa Harvey and Emilie Gollan
08:30 am – 12:30 pm (HALF DAY)
Staying mentally healthy: in the clinic, at the workplace, every day: for workplace, worker, clinician. Is it possible?

The National Health Survey 2017–18 estimated 1 in 5 Australians reported a mental or behavioural condition. Anxiety and depression result in 6 million lost working days annually.  SafeWork Australia reports, 7,200 Australians as compensated for work-related mental health conditions costing $543 million. Physiotherapists are well placed to help address mental health issues in patients and workplaces with appropriate interventions within their scope of practice. Using case studies and scenarios, this workshop assists participants to understand the mental health continuum, explore the impact of poor mental health for individuals including strategies to assist, to understand and experience the value of selfcare, and to explore the characteristics of mentally healthy, safe workplaces.

Learning Outcomes
At the end of this workshop attendees should be able to:

  • Recognise signs of poor mental health
  • Appreciate the impact of poor mental health on the worker and develop basic strategies to assist the person with poor mental health
  • Appreciate the value of body-based practice in self-care
  • Gain skills in the identification of psychosocial hazards and controls and Identify reasonable adjustments to support stay at work/return to work following psychological injury/illness

This workshop will be combined with the Mental Health National Group. 

Room: P 3 & 4

Presenters: Nicole Hughes, Jo Connaughton and Ellen Lake

MSD are the leading cause of disability and a growing economic burden due to work absenteeism, productivity loss, and treatment costs. An individual’s physical activity level, and their psychosocial responses contribute to the onset and recovery from MSD. Workers benefit from healthy activity levels and helpful psychosocial responses.

Different types of physical activity are effective in managing MSD and physiotherapists may play an important role in measuring and promoting physical activity in working life. Psychosocial responses generate neurobiological processes that increase pain, distress & disability. Physiotherapists can assist workers to identify unhelpful responses and to develop strategies that drive recovery.

Learning Outcomes

  • Assess, measure and monitor physical activity using self-report and wearable tools
  • Establish and interpret physical activity population data and encourage workplace strategies to promote physical activity
  • Assess, measure and monitor psychosocial responses in MSD
  • Envision the integration of tailored biopsychosocial coaching in physiotherapy

Room: P 2

Presenters: Pam Garton and Martin Mackey
08:30 am–5:00 pm
Sports-focussed intervention and enabling sports participation for children and youth with disabilities - from entry-point to elite competition: A practical workshop for physiotherapists.

This workshop will introduce a range of sports-focussed interventions for children and youth with disabilities at all levels. You will experience hands-on practical sessions including (1) peer-group sports interventions aimed at transitioning children from physiotherapy into community sport, (2) the physiotherapists role in supporting frame running, (3) provisional classification of children with disabilities for participation in competitive Paralympic sport and (4) swimming training for people with high-support needs. The day will culminate with a selection of case studies and Q&A forum where participants will be encouraged to discuss their experiences, challenges and aspirations for sports-focussed interventions in their unique communities.

Learning Outcomes:

To develop practical skills in engaging children with disabilities in sports interventions by supporting attendees to:

  • Understand the SPORTS Participation Model to highlight the different types and levels of sports participation available for children with disabilities from entry-level to elite competition in both mainstream and parasport pathways.
  • Understand the role of physiotherapists and develop skills in classification, prescribing equipment, teaching skills & supporting competition in sport
  • Develop practical skills in the development of sports interventions from entry-level Practitioner-led, peer-group sports interventions for children transitioning from individual physiotherapy into community sports to elite competition for adolescents with cerebral palsy with high support needs

Location:
Offsite venue – TBC

Presenters: Georgina Clutterbuck, Sarah Reedman, Kerry West and Sean Tweedy
01:00 pm – 05:00 pm (HALF DAY)
Trauma informed physiotherapy workshop

Trauma-based care has a unique position within the physiotherapy landscape and spans multiple domains, yet specialised approaches are required for adequate management of patients. Trauma-based physiotherapy is a unique and challenging domain of our profession, with patients reporting heterogeneous symptom presentations. Adequate and high-quality interventions within the first few months post-trauma are crucial for the likelihood of successful recovery. Whilst the importance of acknowledging the biopsychosocial model is broadly recognised and increasingly supported by a rapidly growing body of evidence, often it is unclear what high-quality care entails.

In addition, practitioners’ confidence around the implementation of psychologically-informed interventions may be lacking. This pre-conference workshop, which is a collaboration between the Pain group and the Mental Health group, will address the role of physiotherapy for different trauma-based patient presentations. High-level speakers and experts in this area will share their knowledge and experience through discussions around case scenarios. This will provide guidance and practical tools for the implementation of high-quality trauma-based care.

Learning Outcomes:

  • Understand the role a physiotherapist has in the management of trauma
  • Understand the impact trauma may have on patient presentation and management
  • Identify common traits in patient presentations with a trauma background
  • Become familiar with management strategies used in the implementation of high quality trauma based care

This workshop will be combined with the Mental Health National Group. 

Room: P 5

Presenters: Michele Sterling, Melanie Block and Des O’Shaughnessy
01:00 pm – 05:00 pm (HALF DAY)
Managing pain in active individuals.

The workshop will provide an up-to-date, evidence-based overview of pain management in active individuals.  The content will be delivered through a hybrid workshop, consisting of lectures, case studies, panel discussion and audience engagement. Attendees will hear from clinician-researchers about the importance of considering neurophysiological, biomechanical, and psychological factors when managing pain in active individuals.  Attendees will be given an opportunity to use clinical reasoning to work through a series of case studies in groups. Speakers will provide support to unpick and determine which biopsychosocial factors are contributing to the specific case studies presented, and design a targeted management plan.

Learning Outcomes

  • Develop an understanding of different biopsychosocial factors that might contribute to an active individual’s pain
  • Understand how to assess and manage pain in active individuals
  • Be able to better engage patients using an active learning approach
  • Have the foundations to support patients to build self-efficacy and promote self-management

This workshop will be combined with the Musculoskeletal National Group. 

Room: P 10

Presenters: JP Caneiro, Samantha Bunzli and Christian Barton
08:30 am – 12:30 pm (HALF DAY)
Bowels and biofeedback. A case study workshop with integrated medical, nutritional and physiotherapy management.

This half day workshop will present two common cases; a patient with IBS and a patient with constipation.

The workshop will present a summary of medical assessment and management, the role of nutrition and dietetics and the physiotherapy management.

Inclusive in treatment is a discussion of the practical aspects of biofeedback tools in physiotherapy practice for bowel dysfunction.

Learning Outcomes

  • Differential diagnosis and terminology of IBS and constipation
  • Skill in evaluating anorectal manometric testing
  • Understanding key assessment features in bowel dysfunction
  • Improved confidence in the role and use of biofeedback tools

Room: M 1 & 2

Presenters: Chris Gillespie, Allison Bryant and Alyssa Tait

Part 1 – Biopsychosocial

  • General introduction into common types of pelvic pain
  • Screening for pelvic pain
  • Basic approaches for management – pain education, pelvic floor down training, relaxation, exercise, stretches, lifestyle factors

 

Part 2 – Musculoskeletal screen assessment for pelvic pain

  • Assessment and management of sacroiliac joint related pain
  • Assessment/tests for posterior pelvis pain
  • Different diagnosis of posterior pelvic pain
  • Patient education, load management and exercise prescription

 

Part 3 –

  • Screening tools for DDX of musculoskeletal conditions to identify pelvic pain conditions
  • Introduction to a women’s health pain assessment (internal and external)

Learning Outcomes

  • Correctly identify pelvic pain conditions
  • Utilize appropriate screening tools
  • Carry out an appropriate assessment, treatment and management plan
  • Gain an understanding of what is involved in a pelvic pain assessment
  • Be able to include pelvic pain conditions in a DDX of a musculoskeletal physiotherapy assessment

Room: M 1 & 2

Presenters: Jane Chalmers and Andrea Mosler