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Who to see at SA Symposium?

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 prescription.

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.

APA Honoured Member Professor Paul Hodges

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.’

Dianne Wilson, APAM, chair South Australian chapter, Pain group

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.

APA Musculoskeletal and Sports Physiotherapist Dr David Spurrier

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 pathology.’

Jason Collins, APAM, Sports group member

APA Sports Physiotherapist Kate Beerworth

Kate will be speaking on the role of exercise prescription in injury prevention for elite female athletes.

‘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 this area.’
APA Sports Physiotherapist Aaron Beck, chair South Australian chapter, Sports group

APA Continence and Women’s Health Physiotherapist Tory Toogood

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.

Dr Katia Ferrar, APAM

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.

Bob Barnard

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 Davidson, APAM

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.’

Rachel Combe, APAM, SA Branch Council and Physiotherapy Business group committee member

The program also features Dr Carol Maher, Dr Emily Ward, APAM, James McEwan, APAM, Edwina McShannon and APA Neurological Physiotherapist Dr Michelle McDonnell.



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