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Physiotherapists, practitioners and researchers make up a varied program due to present at the APA WA Symposium

WA Symposium full of choice speakers

This year’s APA WA Symposium features an exciting collective of renowned physiotherapists and health professionals, with overseas and interstate presenters complementing local names. The symposium committee has developed a program that will cater to private and public sector physiotherapists of all clinical interests and specialities. The only problem you’ll have is choosing which presentations to go to! To help you, the committee has developed a guide to some of the day’s speakers.

Professor Tony Wright, APAM

The Brian Edwards Address by Tony Wright will describe a major, award-winning project that implemented immersive simulation at 16 physiotherapy schools in Australia as part of students’ clinical education. Hear about the outcomes of this Health Workforce Australia project and future developments.

Dr Anne-Marie Hill, APAM

Anne-Marie would be well-known to many as a WA Health physiotherapist with an endless amount of knowledge on medical conditions in the geriatric population. She will present on strength training in older people, specifically what we can do to identify barriers and keep them more engaged.

Professor Lynne Turner-Stokes

‘Hear Professor Lynne Turner-Stokes, an international expert on the process of goal-setting, present on its practicalities in neurological rehabilitation. Her more recent work on engaging the patient in planning their rehabilitation goals, and how this affects goal achievement, is sure to provide insights for every clinical area of physiotherapy.’ We are lucky to have someone of her experience, both as a clinician and a researcher, discuss a topic that’s relevant to every clinical area of physiotherapy.’
Catherine Verran, Neurology group member

Professor Leon Straker

Leon Straker

‘For many people, technology has blurred the boundary between work and personal life, leading to increasingly sedentary lifestyles. It’s crucial for the physiotherapy profession, regardless of special interest area, to understand the background and implications of this. Many physios will be inspired by Professor Straker’s presentation to reflect on their own and their family’s behaviours, employers’ duty of care to provide a safe work environment, and how to educate workers about risks of sedentary behaviour. Don’t miss the chance to hear from a John Curtin Distinguished Professor.’

Mel Alsopp, Occupational Health group member

Alec Ring, APAM, and Chris Barrett, FACP

Alex Ring Chris Barrett ‘This duo will partake in a ‘Dizzy Debate’ as a followup to a lecture held last year by the Neurology and Musculoskeletal groups on the topic of cervicogenic dizziness. Vestibular physiotherapy is such a niche area, and we are very lucky to have someone as knowledgeable as Alec in WA. Anyone who has been puzzled by a dizzy patient, no matter their work setting, would be interested in hearing these two physiotherapists present their expert approaches.’

Tiing Lio, Neurology group member

Associate Professor Joanne Connaughton, APAM

Joanne Connaughton

‘Consider the impact of cervicogenic, tensiontype and migraine headaches on a person’s daily functioning. Consider the mechanisms behind these headaches and how they inform the management strategies you implement. Would this change if your patient had schizophrenia? Jo will present the findings of her doctoral study on this topic, with fascinating insights into holistic care and mental health.’

Piers Truter, WA Branch Councillor

Ianthe Boden

Coming from Tasmania, Ianthe is set to share her research into preventing post-operative pulmonary complications following major upper abdominal surgery. ‘The surgical patient can be found in most public and private hospitals in the Perth metropolitan area, and physiotherapists are often involved in their care. Come and participate in a discussion regarding the effectiveness of mobilisation, education and other physiotherapy interventions in patients following major abdominal surgery.’
Hayley Rice, Cardiorespiratory group member

David Spurrier, APAM

‘The management of bone stress injuries in sport can be challenging, but certain clinical pathways will be familiar to many physiotherapists. In recent years, a changing understanding of the pathology and physiology, plus the experience of clinicians at the coalface, suggests that we may be due for a rethink on how we evaluate, manage and rehabilitate these injuries. David Spurrier, a clinician with AIS experience, will bring a fresh perspective to this topic.’
Ben Mather, Sports group member

Don’t miss out on a place at this day of research, also featuring catering, prizes, trade booths and, of course, networking with other physiotherapists.

Alix Barrett-Leonard, APAM Symposium committee member


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