Pilates for the Older Person (including Cancer Survivors)

Course: Pilates for the Older Person

This course is appropriate for AHPRA registered physiotherapists only *

Presented by Dr Marie-Louise Bird, this course will cover the principles of movement using Pilates, contraindications to movement for older adults and basic exercises. It will discuss where Pilates fits into exercise guidelines for older adults and will demonstrate how to design a practical Pilates program for both healthy older adults and for special populations (older adults with pathology, increased falls risk and/or cancer survivors).

Physiotherapists of all levels would benefit from attending the course.

Presenter: Dr Marie-Louise Bird, APAM

Date: 4 August 2018

Time: 8.30 am - 5.00 pm

Registrations close: 22 July 2018

Learning Outcomes

1.    Describe the principles of Pilates from a motor control perspective   

2.    Describe and demonstrate twelve Pilates exercises

3.    Describe the goals of twelve Pilates exercises  

4.    Describe the current evidence that supports the use of Pilates in older populations

5.    Describe the current exercise guidelines for older adults within Australia and internationally 

6.    Describe common pathologies associated with aging and the movement contraindications to them  

7.    Be able to teach a basic repertoire of mat and small apparatus exercises to meet commonly experienced needs of older adults, using cues to
improve the quality of movement


Dr Marie-Louise Bird studied physiotherapy at the University of Queensland, and brings nearly 20 years of clinical practice to inform her teaching and research roles. Her PhD investigated exercise and older adults, and more recently she has expanded this to explore different ways to engage people to participate in appropriate exercise and physical activity and reduce sedentary behaviour. She has contributed foundational work in the understanding of Pilates and balance control. Dr Bird models a user centred approach in her research. She is currently employed as a research fellow at the University of British Columbia, investigating the development of partnerships between the community and the health service to improve opportunities for exercise participation.

She has led projects in rural health and for the Australian Physiotherapy Association in education, reflecting her commitment to lifelong learning. She has lectured at the University of Tasmania since 2004. She is the Tasmanian representative on the Gerontology Physiotherapy Association, and a former member of AHPRA. She is an invited reviewer for The Physiotherapy Research Fund grant applications and serves on the Editorial Board of the Journal of Fitness Research.

*If unsure of your suitability, please email qld.pd@physiotherapy.asn.au


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4/08/2018 - 4/08/2018
APA Qld Office
Freeway Office Park
6C/2728 Logan Road
Eight Mile Plains, QLD


Saturday, 04 August 2018

GPA/Rural Member $368.00; APA Member $423.00; Non Member $635.00
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
4/08/2018 9:00 AM

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