The full program for the 2016 SA Symposium is now available,
featuring a diverse array of speakers bringing their clinical and
research expertise to the day’s focus on the art of exercise
The two keynote speakers are APA Honoured Member Professor
Paul Hodges and APA Musculoskeletal and Sports Physiotherapist Dr
David Spurrier, who will be joined by APA Sports Physiotherapist Kate
Beerworth and Jess Trengove, APAM, in delivering plenary sessions in
the morning. A panel made up of four speakers from across neurology,
sports, paediatrics and chronic pain will also share their insights on
common exercise prescription principles across all domains of exercise.
The afternoon involves six unique presentations across two concurrent
sessions, as well as a second presentation each from Paul Hodges and
David Spurrier, followed by a cocktail function at the Adelaide Pavilion.
Don’t miss out on a place at this high quality local event featuring some
of the brightest names in physiotherapy and exercise prescription.
A rare opportunity to hear from a National Health
and Medical Research Council (NHMRC) senior
principal research fellow and the director of the
NHMRC Centre for Clinical Research Excellence in Spinal Pain,
Injury and Health (CCRE SPINE) at The University of Queensland.
Professor Hodges’ keynote address on ‘Pain, the brain and motor
control: what are the implications for exercise prescription?’ should
not be missed.
‘Having followed Paul’s work for almost 20 years, I have never
been disappointed by one of his presentations. He is a passionate
and inspiring lecturer with an ability to present the most complex
concepts in a way that makes the information easily transferrable
into clinical practice.’
Professor Hodges will also be conducting a master class on the
management of pelvic floor pain and continence in both men and
women, bringing new insights from his latest NHMRC research.
In his presentation on exercise prescription for
bone stress pathologies, David will be drawing on
his research on tendon growth in children who play tennis through
puberty, which led to a new understanding of bone science and
possible management approaches.
In the afternoon, David will explore the question of whether
plyometrics training is useful outside of an elite sports setting.
‘David is an extremely effective, energetic and entertaining
communicator. I’m looking forward to learning his latest insights into
the ever-emergent world of bone and tendon load-response and
Kate will be speaking on the role of exercise
prescription in injury prevention for elite female
‘As the head physiotherapist for the Australian Matildas since 2007,
Kate is ideally placed to talk about the training and competition
demands on elite female athletes, particularly in her area of interest:
ACL injuries. Her insight into planning the Matildas’ preparation for
major events, including the recent FIFA World Cup and Olympics,
would be of value to physiotherapists looking to forge a career in
APA Sports Physiotherapist Aaron Beck, chair South Australian
chapter, Sports group
Tory will discuss screening tools clinicians can use to
identify and avoid pelvic floor dysfunction in women
when prescribing exercise. Her presentation will provide awareness
of the incidence of pelvic floor dysfunction in various life stages for
women. A must for not only women’s health physiotherapists, but
also those working in sports and musculoskeletal practice.
Katia’s research interest lies in physical activity
and chronic health conditions, such as chronic low
back pain, cardiac conditions and chronic fatigue
syndrome. She will present on how physical activity can be promoted
in these populations, who often present challenges to even the most
experienced of clinicians. Her recent research has investigated the use
of active video games among those with chronic fatigue syndrome.
Exercise physiologist Bob Barnard has more than 30
years of experience working in the field of exercise
rehabilitation. His current role is at the Centre for
Physical Activity in Ageing at Hampstead Rehabilitation Centre. He
will be outlining the considerations clinicians need to make when
prescribing exercise for the older patient.
Georgie, director of the Mindful Movement
Physiotherapy Clinic, will be presenting on
mindfulness and physiotherapy.
‘Georgie has been successfully integrating mindfulness training as part
of her clinical practice for many years and, in more recent times, has
been running courses to enable health professionals to do the same.
Georgie is a brilliant presenter: engaging and empathetic. I did an eightweek
course with her and I still implement her strategies in everyday life.’
The program also features Dr Carol Maher, Dr Emily Ward,
APAM, James McEwan, APAM, Edwina McShannon and APA
Neurological Physiotherapist Dr Michelle McDonnell.