SpineCare is a multidisciplinary training program that aims to enhance evidence-based knowledge and equip physiotherapists with pragmatic clinical skills for treating people with spinal pain.

SpineCare 2024 is now fully booked. However, we still have spots available for the 'webinar-only' package.

If you're interested in joining the waitlist for the SpineCare 2025 course (dates to be confirmed), please email us at RMHphysiotherapyCourses@mh.org.au

About the course

The course is designed by Dr Robert Laird (Specialist Musculoskeletal Physiotherapist, PhD) and Dr John Moi (Consultant Rheumatologist and Head of Service for The Back Assessment Clinic (BAC) at the Royal Melbourne Hospital).

The course offers:

  • 10 weekly, multidisciplinary webinars delivered by expert presenters from the disciplines of neurosurgery, orthopaedics, rheumatology, pain management and specialist physiotherapy
  • Four virtual training sessions (1.5 hours each)
  • Four face-to-face training sessions (four hours each)

Training sessions are led by

  • Dr Robert Laird (Specialist Musculoskeletal Physiotherapist, PhD)
  • Dr David Kelly (Senior Lecturer, University of Melbourne)
  • Yashwant Rathi (Advanced Practice Physiotherapist- RMH, Registrar-ACP)

These sessions aim to enhance exercise and manual therapy skills, as well as build advanced clinical reasoning and problem-solving skills.

This course is interactive and facilitates integration into clinical practice using quizzes, manual therapy training, motor control, individualized exercise prescription and case studies.


The course runs over three months (including a two-week mid-term break) with webinars scheduled for Monday evenings between 7pm to 8pm (except for the first webinar, which starts on the 13 May at 6pm and runs for 2 hours).

The first virtual training session starts on Thursday 16 May and runs from 4pm to 5.30pm and the first face-to-face session on Saturday, 1 June between 9am-1pm.


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).

Participants have the option to register for a ‘webinar-only’ package, designed to suit other attendees who do not wish to participate in the virtual and/or face-to-face training sessions.


The course will cost $1,400 with an early-bird course fee of $1,250 available until 21 April.

Course numbers are capped, so apply early to avoid disappointment.

Webinar only series

Participants 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.

The webinar series costs $450.

SpineCare 2024 timetable

SpineCare 2024 schedule may change without notice.

Week Presenter/coordinator

(Monday 7pm to 8pm)

Virtual training
(Thursday 4pm to 5.30pm)
Face-to-face training
(Saturday 9am to 1pm)
Week 1 Dr Rob Laird,
Specialist musculoskeletal physiotherapist

13 May

Intro to LBP, Anatomy and pathoanatomy

16 May

Virtual session 1

Week 2 Dr Caitlin Farmer,
Advanced practice physiotherapist

20 May

Masqueraders and red flags

Week 3 Mr Bhadu Kavar,

27 May

Neurosurgery for Physiotherapists – the lumbar spine

30 May

Virtual session 2

1 June

Face-to-face session 1

Week 4 Dr Tanya Yuen,

3 June

Neurosurgery for Physiotherapists – the cervical spine

10 June – King's birthday public holiday
Week 5 Dr Ken Niere,
Specialist musculoskeletal physiotherapist

17 June

Cervicothoracic pathoanatomy

22 June

Face-to-face session 2

Week 6 Dr Ken Niere,
Specialist musculoskeletal physiotherapist

24 June

Cervicothoracic motor control

27 June

Virtual session 3

28 June to 12 July – School holidays
Week 7 A/Prof Malcolm Hogg,
Pain Physician

15 July

Pain physician’s view on managing persistent spinal pain

20 July

Face-to-face session 3

Week 8

Dr John Moi,
Consultant Rheumatologist

22 July

Rheumatologist’s view on managing spinal pain

25 July

Virtual session 4

Week 9 A/Prof Yi Yang,
Orthopaedic Surgeon

29 July

Orthopaedic specialist’s view on managing spinal fractures and scoliosis

3 August

Face-to-face session 4

Week 10 Dr Anne Daly,
Specialist pain physiotherapist

5 August

Pain Physiotherapist's view of managing persistent spinal pain

8 August

Virtual session 5 (quiz and feedback)

When is this event?

13 May 2024 — 8 August 2024

How long will this event run for?

This event will run over 3 months.

How can I book?

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