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.

Topics covered

  • 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

Course coordinators

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 Presenter/coordinator Webinar Training
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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