SpineCare 2023 is a multidisciplinary training program aiming to enhance evidence-based knowledge and pragmatic clinical skills of physiotherapists who treat people with spinal pain.
Join our waitlist for SpineCare 2024
SpineCare 2023 is now fully booked.
Please email RMHphysiotherapyCourses@mh.org.au if you would like to be placed on the waitlist for SpineCare 2024 (dates to be confirmed).
About the course
A 33-hour training program, spread over 12 weeks with:
- 10 weekly webinar and integrated quiz sessions with presenters from neurosurgery, rheumatology, orthopaedics, pain management and Specialist Physiotherapy, presenting on biological and psychosocial aspects of lumbar and cervical disorders, including surgical and conservative management options
- 22 hours of virtual and face-to-face training on clinical assessment and treatment including exercise prescription and manual therapy skills, interactive case studies and small group sessions with a one to eight ratio, led by specialist and senior musculoskeletal physiotherapists
The 10-webinar series starts on Monday 15 May 2023 at 6pm (all subsequent webinars will start at 6.45pm).
There are 4 virtual clinical sessions that start Thursday 18 May, 4pm to 5.30pm and 4 face-to-face sessions at the University of Melbourne, starting 27 May, 9am to 1pm (refer to the SpineCare 2023 timetable below for full details).
Mixture of online and face-to-face.
Face-to-face training sessions to be held either at the RMH Parkville or the University of Melbourne (to be confirmed).
The course will cost $1,400 with all payments to the Royal Melbourne Hospital.
An early-bird course fee of $1,150 is available until 30 April at 5pm.
Course numbers are capped, so apply early to avoid disappointment.
Participants will also have the option to register for a ‘webinar-only’ package, designed to suit other disciplines or clinicians who do not wish to attend virtual and/or face-to-face training sessions.
- Learning to visually read, understand, explain and use MRI images wisely
- Diagnosing and discerning between patho-anatomic, movement and psycho-social drivers of pain
- Reframing current views on motor control/movement into new perspectives. Identify strength, fitness and motor control/movement deficits that contribute to ongoing pain.
- Explore the strengths and limits of a manual therapy approach and how manual therapy leads to specific exercise.
- Build an exercise program that improves fitness, strength and mobility based on individual needs
- Use case studies to enhance integration of knowledge into clinical practice
- Learn to identify and engage with cognitive and emotional barriers, to reduce fear and increase engagement and active cooperation with your patients
Training sessions are led by:
- Dr Robert Laird, FACP, PhD, Specialist Musculoskeletal Physiotherapist
- Dr David Kelly, Senior Lecturer, The University of Melbourne
- Yashwant Rathi, Advanced Practice Physiotherapist, The RMH, ACP Registrar
- Thao Nguyen, Physiotherapy Clinical Educator, The RMH
SpineCare 2023 timetable
Listed speakers are to be confirmed and may change without notice.
|Week 1||Dr Rob Laird, Specialist musculoskeletal physiotherapist||15 May – Intro to LBP, Anatomy and pathoanatomy||18 May – Virtual session 1|
|Week 2||Ms Caitlin Farmer, Musculoskeletal physiotherapist||22 May – Masqueraders and red flags||27 May – Face-to-face session 1|
|Week 3||Dr John Moi, Rheumatologist||29 May – Rheumatologist’s view on managing spinal pain||1 June – Virtual session 2|
|Week 4||Mr Bhadu Kavar, Neurosurgeon||5 June – Neurosurgery for Physiotherapists – the lumbar spine||17 June – Face-to-face session 2|
|12 June – King's birthday public holiday|
|Week 5||Dr Tanya Yuen, Neurosurgeon||19 June – Neurosurgery for physiotherapists – the cervical spine||22 June – Virtual session 3|
|24 June to 9 July – School holidays|
|Week 6||Ken Niere, Specialist musculoskeletal physiotherapist||10 July – Cervicothoracic pathoanatomy||No training session this week|
|Week 7||Ken Niere, Specialist musculoskeletal physiotherapist||17 July – Cervicothoracic motor control||22 July – Face-to-face session 3|
|Week 8||A/Prof Yi Yang, Orthopaedic Surgeon||24 July – Orthopaedic specialist’s view on managing spinal fractures and scoliosis||27 July – Virtual session 4|
|Week 9||A/Prof Malcolm Hogg, Pain Physician||31 July – Pain physician’s view on managing persistent spinal pain||5 August – Face-to-face session 4|
|Week 10||Dr Anne Daly, Specialist pain physiotherapist||7 August – Pain Physiotherapist's view of managing persistent spinal pain||10 August – Virtual session 5 (quiz - 60 minutes only)|
When is this event?
15 May 2023 — 10 August 2023
How long will this event run for?
This event will run for 33 hours spread over 12 weeks.
How can I book?
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