Australian physical therapists to address WCPT Congress 2017

06 July 2016

 

Physical therapists from Australia will be among the main speakers at the profession’s largest and most important international gathering, the WCPT Congress 2017, to be held next year in Cape Town on 2nd – 4th July.

The Australian physical therapists taking part are profiled in the attached sheets.

They will be contributing to focused symposia featuring prominent international speakers from across WCPT’s five regions. Focused symposia are core congress sessions providing a forum where cutting edge research and practice perspectives can be explored and debated on issues of global relevance to the profession.

“We’ve been able to select some very high quality speakers, covering topics of vital importance for the profession across a wide variety of practice and research areas,” said Dina Brooks, Chair of WCPT’s International Scientific Committee, which has responsibility for putting together the programme for the WCPT Congress.

“We’re also delighted that we have such a good geographical representation in our speakers. So we can honestly say that the focused symposia will have something for everyone – wherever they work, and whether their interest is clinical practice, research or education.”

“Focused symposia are a very popular feature of our congresses, drawing large audiences. They provide the opportunity not just to hear from world authorities, but to engage with them in discussion.”

Each focused symposium is organised by a convenor, who leads an international group of speakers through linked research-focused presentations. The symposium ends with key take-home messages for practice, research, education, management and policy.

About the WCPT Congress

The WCPT Congress is held every two years by the World Confederation for Physical Therapy. The last congress, held in Singapore in 2015, attracted 3,500 physical therapists from 114 countries.

Further details about the symposia and the programme for WCPT Congress 2017 can be found at: http://www.wcpt.org/wcpt2017/fs

Please contact Mia Lockner if you have any specific queries: mlockner@wcpt.org.

Note to WCPT member organisations

 

Please use this information in your magazine, journal, newsletter or social media channels to help attract delegates to WCPT Congress 2017 and celebrate the inclusion of speakers from your country or region. It may also be forwarded to your local or national media.

 

List of speakers from Australia

Speaker:        Lisa Beach


Symposium: CHEST WALL TRAUMA: INTEGRATING EVIDENCE IN PHYSIOTHERAPY MANAGEMENT


Their role:     Speaker


Biography:


Lisa Beach is a senior clinician physiotherapist in critical care and trauma at the Royal Melbourne Hospital, Melbourne, Australia. She graduated with Bachelor of Physiotherapy at La Trobe University in 2005 and Masters of Physiotherapy (Cardiorespiratory) at University of Melbourne in 2011. Lisa has over 10 year’s clinical experience predominantly in cardiorespiratory physiotherapy. She has a strong clinical interest in the management of patients with chest trauma. Her research interests include physical activity, early rehabilitation, outcome measurement and functional outcomes for patients admitted to the intensive care unit. She has been the recipient of research grants from Melbourne Health Home Lottery Grant 2011 ($25,000) and ANZ Trustees: Felice Rosemary Lloyd travelling scholarship 2012 ($9,000). Lisa has presented her work investigating physical activity levels of patients in the intensive care unit at the Australian Physiotherapy Association Conference 2015, American Thoracic Society Conference 2014 and Australian and New Zealand Intensive Care Society Conference 2014. She has published three articles in international Physiotherapy and Critical Care journals.


 

Speaker:       Wendy Bower


Symposium: MOTOR CONTROL IN PAEDIATRIC BLADDER AND BOWEL DYSFUNCTION


Their role:     Speaker


Biography:


Wendy Bower has her PhD related to the evaluation of daytime wetting issues where urinary urgency is the primary symptom. Wendy has also conducted studies in children with daytime bladder dysfunction and the underlying pathophysiological changes seen with nocturnal enuresis. She was a founding board member of the International Children's Continence Society.


 


Speaker:        Karen Grimmer


Symposium: CLINICAL PRACTICE GUIDELINES IN PHYSICAL THERAPY: CURRENT STATE OF PLAY


Their role:     Chair


Biography:


Karen is the inaugural director of the International Centre for Allied Health Evidence (iCAHE). She has grown the centre from 2003 with two researchers and two PhD students, to currently 63 members (39 university staff appointments, 4 postdocs, 7 research assistants, 11 PhD and Masters Research students). Karen has been publishing peer-reviewed scientific articles since 1989, and has authored and co-authored 281 papers to date, with another 15 in press. Karen’s scholarly work reflects allied health quality and service delivery issues; evidence based practice theory, practice and implementation; discharge planning quality and ageing in lace; and adolescent spinal health. Karen has published eight invited book chapters, conceptualised and edited two niche textbooks on evidence-based practice and clinical guidelines, and presented hundreds of conference presentations. Since she entered academia in 1997, she has personally attracted over $4mill research income, and supported other iCAHE researchers to attract an additional $2.5mill. She has supervised 26 PhD students to completion, in a range of topic areas. She has established long term, valued and formal linkages with research institutions in South Africa, Tokyo, Manila, Hong Kong and California. These partnerships have fostered collaborative teaching, research and researcher/ student exchanges.


 


Speaker:        Paul Hodges


Symposium: MEN´S HEALTH: A GLOBAL PROBLEM AND NEW FRONTIER FOR PHYSIOTHERAPY


Their role:     Chair


Biography:


Paul Hodges PhD MedDr DSc BPhty(Hons) FACP is an NHMRC Senior Principal Research Fellow and Directs the NHMRC Centre for Clinical Research Excellence in Spinal Pain, Injury and Health. Paul has 3 doctorates; one in Physiotherapy and two in Neuroscience. His research blends these skills to understand pain, movement control, incontinence and rehabilitation. His large multidisciplinary Research Centre bridges the gap between basic science and clinical practice. Recent work involving novel measures to study continence function in men has led to new understanding of continence control, improved understanding of changes with incontinence and targets for treatment. A major contribution has been the refinement and validation of transperineal ultrasound imaging to study pelvic floor muscle control in men. He has received numerous international research awards (including 2006/2011 ISSLS Prize - premier international prize for back pain research), published >350 papers and book chapters that have been cited more than 14,000 times. Paul has received more than $AU34 million in research funding. He has presented >200 keynote lectures in >35 countries. Paul received the 2011 NHMRC Achievement Award as the highest ranked NHMRC Research Fellow across disciplines in Australia.


 


Speaker:       Venerina Johnston

Symposium: THE ROLE OF SELF-MANAGEMENT IN THE TREATMENT OF MUSCULOSKELETAL DISORDERS

Their role:     Speaker

Biography:

Dr. Venerina Johnston is an Associate Professor in Physiotherapy at The University of Queensland. She has qualifications in physiotherapy from The University of Queensland, Australia; Occupational Health and Safety from the University of Southern Queensland and Work Disability Prevention from the Université de Sherbrooke, Canada. Venerina has worked as a clinician in public and private settings in Queensland and New South Wales, Australia, employed in roles such as injury management advisor, workplace health and safety coordinator, and occupational rehabilitation for Workers’ Compensation and Compulsory Third party Insurers and the mining industry. Since completing her doctoral studies in 2007, she has worked as a researcher and lecturer at The University of Queensland. Venerina teaches ergonomics and occupational health physiotherapy. Her research interests are in the prevention of work-related musculoskeletal problems, in particular, the neck and upper extremity and the prevention of disability following a workplace injury. She has published over 50 scholarly works and has been successful in obtaining over $1million AUD in research funding. Recent work has involved a clinical trial to test the benefits of adding self-management to vocational rehabilitation for workers with a chronic musculoskeletal condition.

 


Speaker:       Penelope McNulty


Symposium: DRIVING BRAIN PLASTICITY AFTER STROKE –NOVEL CLINICAL INTERVENTIONS AND MEASURES


Their role:    Speaker


Biography:


Penelope McNulty is an Honorary Senior Scientist and Group Leader at Neuroscience Research Australia and a Conjoint Senior Lecturer in the Faculty of Medicine at University of New South Wales Australia. She leads the Sensorimotor NeuroRehabilitation Group that investigates the neurophysiological basis for changes after stroke, spinal cord injury and with healthy ageing. Penelope graduated with First Class Honours in a Bachelor of Human Movement Studies from Australian Catholic University in 1995 and a PhD in Neurophysiology from the University of New South Wales Australia in 2001. In 2008 she developed Wii-based Movement Therapy, a rehabilitation program targeting upper-limb motor impairment after stroke that also been successfully implemented after spinal cord injury. Penelope developed a novel
stratification tool to describe the level of residual voluntary motor-function after stroke and has developed a program that comprehensively studies patients before and after Wii-based Movement Therapy using clinical tools, neurophysiology (TMS and microneurography), kinematics and brain imaging. She has received grants from the National Health and Medical Research Council Australia and the NSW Office of Science and Medical Research. She is a review editor for Frontiers in Neurology.


 


Speaker:        Jo Milios


Symposium:  MEN´S HEALTH: A GLOBAL PROBLEM AND NEW FRONTIER FOR PHYSIOTHERAPY


Their role:      Chair


Biography:


Joanne Milios graduated with a Bachelor of Science(Physiotherapy) from Curtin University , Western Australia in 1993 and is currently undertaking a PhD at the University of Western Australia's School of Sport Science, Exercise & Health. As a private practice MSK Physiotherapist with greater than 15 years PT experience, Jo was invited by her Urologist brother to establish a Men's Health service to treat his prostate cancer patients in 2005.The decade since then has resulted in Jo treating >2000 prostatectomy patients >500 chronic pelvic pain patients,100s of men with Erectile Dysfunction and a dire recognition that Men's Health is far behind Women's Health. Presentations at international conferences include, 2011's Australia New Zealand Urological Society meeting, 2014's Asia- Pacific Sexology Conference in Brisbane, Poster Presentation at 2014's World Congress Prostate Cancer Conference and podium presentation in Men's Health at WCPT15 in Singapore. Jo established the Men's Health Physiotherapy Facebook group in 2014 which currently hosts almost 1000 international Physiotherapists. A 24 hour Men's Health twitter chat hosted by the APA attracted more than 3 million views in Men's Health Week 2015. Finally, Jo established PROST! Exercise 4 Prostate Cancer, a not for profit community education and exercise program for men in 2012.


 


Speaker:        Shane Patman


Symposium:  OPTIMIZING THE CONTINUUM OF CARE FOR INTENSIVE CARE UNIT SURVIVORS


Their role:      Speaker


Biography:


Shane Patman is an Associate Professor within the School of Physiotherapy, University of Notre Dame Australia, coordinating the cardiorespiratory stream. Shane graduated from Sydney University with a Bachelor of Applied Science (Physiotherapy)(1990), with his subsequent clinical work in Sydney, London, and Perth covering the spectrum of physiotherapy from critical care through to ambulatory care in both public and private sectors, as well as experiences in leadership and management. Shane completed a research Master of Science (1999) and PhD (2005), both with Curtin University. and is a Fellow of the Australian College of Physiotherapists (2009). He also has completed Graduate Certificates in University Teaching (2007) and Not-for-Profit Leadership and Management (2016) at Notre Dame, and the Company Directors Course Diploma with the Australian Institute of Company Directors (2011) 

Beyond Notre Dame Shane is actively engaged with the physiotherapy profession. In 2016 he completed a second term as Vice-President of the Australian Physiotherapy Association. Since 2007 he has been involved with regulation, registration and accreditation via the Physiotherapists’ Registration Board of Western Australia, the Physiotherapy Board of Australia, and the Australian Physiotherapy Council. Since 2011 he has been the inaugural President of the International Confederation of Cardiorespiratory Physical Therapists.


 

Speaker:        Jenny Setchell


Symposium: CRITICAL PHYSIOTHERAPY: NEW APPROACHES FOR PRACTICE, EDUCATION, RESEARCH AND POLICY


Their role:     Speaker


Biography:


Jenny Setchell, PhD(c), BSc (Pty), Grad Cert (Clin Pty), APAM Jenny is currently employed as a Postdoctoral Fellow in international conjoint positions at the physiotherapy departments of The University of Queensland, Australia and the University of Toronto, Canada. Her research interests include poststructuralist critical perspectives on healthcare broadly, and physiotherapy specifically. She currently researches in the areas of both disability and pain and employs qualitative and post-qualitative methods to her research. Jenny has been published in both national and international physiotherapy and psychology journals and has presented extensively on her work. Her PhD in psychology focused on weight stigma in physiotherapy. She also has 20 years of diverse clinical physiotherapy experience in Australia and internationally primarily in the musculoskeletal and sports sub-disciplines. Jenny is a founding member, and Co-chair of the executive committee of the international Critical Physiotherapy Network. She is also an active member of the International Society for Critical Health Psychology. Jenny was the recipient of the Margret Mittelheuser Fellowship for post-graduate study in 2015. She has also been an acrobat and a human rights worker"


 

Speaker:       Catherine Sherrington


Symposium: FRAGILITY FRACTURE PREVENTION AND REHABILITATION: LARGE TRIALS IN FOUR COUNTRIES


Their role:     Chair


Biography:


Prof Sherrington PhD, MPH, BAppSc (Physio) is Professorial Research Fellow at the George Institute for Global Health and Sydney Medical School, The University of Sydney. She leads the 17-person Ageing Research Group within the Institute’s Musculoskeletal Division. Her research focuses on the promotion of physical activity and the prevention of falls in older people and people with chronic disabling conditions. She has authored 168 refereed journal articles (89 in the past 5 years), her publications have been cited over 11,200 times and her h-index is 44. She is the most productive author internationally in terms of systematic reviews and randomised trials about exercise and falls prevention (Web of Science, Feb 2016, past 5 years). Her trials and reviews are cited in at least 13 international guidelines. She has been Chief Investigator on grants from Australia’s National Health and Medical Research Council totalling $AU 15.2 million. She has had 10 PhD students graduate and has been invited to speak at 14 international conferences. She is the founding co-chair of the Physiotherapy Group of the Global Fragility Fracture Network, President of the Australia and New Zealand Falls Prevention Society and a co-founder of the Physiotherapy Evidence Database (PEDro).


 

Speaker:       Catherine Sykes


Symposium: ‘…BE MOVED BY STATISTICS’: GLOBAL HEALTH DATA TO INFORM PHYSIOTHERAPY


Their role:     Speaker


Biography:


Catherine Sykes MSc (Rehabilitation Studies), MCSP, Grad Dip Phys, Cert Ed, DipTP. is a Senior Research Fellow with the Faculty of Health Sciences, the University of Sydney, Australia where she works on the development of classifications for health information systems. 

Catherine worked on the formation of the International Classification of Functioning, Disability and Health (ICF). She continues to have a role with the World Health Organization as co-chair of the Functioning and Disability Reference Group, contributing to the implementation and enhancement of the ICF as well as the development of the International Classification of Health Interventions. Catherine joined the World Confederation for Physical Therapy in 2006 where she manages the ICF programme, the WCPT country profile collection and accreditation service, as well as playing a part in the congress administration. Previously Catherine worked on Australian national disability data and on disability policy. She has taught in physiotherapy programmes in Australia, the USA and the UK. She has clinical experience as a physiotherapist, specialising in musculoskeletal physiotherapy and vocational rehabilitation. 

Catherine’s international experience includes commissions for the United Nations, WHO, World Bank and AusAid and numerous presentations and workshops on the ICF.