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Paediatric Physiotherapy Level 2

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This course is designed to improve your existing knowledge and skills developed from the Paediatric Level 1 course and/or established during your own clinical practice. The Paediatric Level 2 course offers an opportunity to refine your clinical reasoning skills from infancy to adolescence and apply these to skills to numerous paediatric conditions.

Using a case-based approach, you will learn about many different assessment tools and their applicability to age, conditions and settings. Intervention approaches will also be taught alongside decision making regarding applicability to the goals and needs of a paediatric patient and their family. The Paediatric Level 2 course also includes principles of health promotion, sporting performance and musculoskeletal assessment and management.

This course is full. To be added to the waitlist, please email Olivia.yap@australian.physio


Learning outcomes

  • Demonstrate assessment and clinical reasoning skills to manage high-risk infants from the hospital setting to the community.
  • Outline principles of management for preschool and school age children with complex movement difficulties including gait analysis, orthotic prescription, hip surveillance and motor learning interventions.
  • Describe the assessment and management of common conditions encountered in adolescence, taking into account the role of mental health and transition from adult services in the adolescent population.
  • Demonstrate clinical reasoning skills to manage children and adolescents with complex cardiorespiratory conditions in the acute and community setting.
  • Outline barriers and facilitators of physical activity/sports participation in children and adolescents, and identify opportunities for intervention, modification and referral.

Prerequisites

  • Completion of the APA Paediatric Level 1 course. There must be a minimum of 12 months experience after completing the Level 1 course before undertaking the Level 2 course.
  • Physiotherapists with at least three years of clinical paediactric experience can apply for an exemption to the Paediactric Physiotherapy Level 1 course. Please contact the APA for further details.
  • This course is only available to qualified and AHPRA registered physiotherapist.
  • Approximately 10-13 hours of pre-course work in the form of online modules is required to be completed prior to attending the course. Access to these online modules will be granted after the registration closing date.

Presenters

Noula Gibson


Dr. Noula Gibson has 30 years' experience as physiotherapist working with children with acquired neurological conditions. She completed her PhD in 2013 and since 2009 has worked as the Research Coordinator for the Physiotherapy Department at Perth Children's Hospital, providing leadership to strategically direct the research activities of the physiotherapy department. Her research interests and publications are in evidence based practice; intervention efficacy; promotion of physical activity capacity and participation; and prevention of respiratory illness in cerebral palsy. Noula was instrumental in developing a research project to investigate if Gavin William's running intervention for people with acquired brain injury could successfully improve running related goals and physical activity participation in children with cerebral palsy. In 2014, she received a grant to lead the ”X-celerate-Running in Cerebral Palsy trial” at Ability WA. As the coordinating principle investigator Noula successfully administered the projects budget, research protections, staffing, data management and disseminated the findings through development of knowledge translation resources, including supporting and supervising a PhD student candidature, developing workshops, presentations, and peer-reviewed publications. More recently Noula has tested the intervention in children with cancer in the maintenance phase of their treatment. Noula has co-authored two evidence based clinical guidelines one for hip surveillance in cerebral palsy and the recent consensus statement for the prevention of respiratory illness in cerebral palsy. She has an interest in registry studies and co-authored the Cerebral Palsy Classification form currently in use by the Australian Cerebral Palsy Register.

Cristina Lee


Cristina Lee is an APA Titled Paediatric Physiotherapist who graduated from Curtin University in 2010 and has worked across the disability, health and private practice sector for the past 11 years. Cristina has predominantly worked in the Early Intervention setting both in the Perth Metropolitan and regional WA and has a strong passion for supporting young children living with complex and multiple disabilities and their families. Cristina currently works at Rocky Bay as a Advanced Clinician Paediatric Physiotherapist an Physiotherapy Consultant (Fellowship). Cristina recently completed her Master of Advanced Health Care Practice (Paediatric Physiotherapy) through Monash University in 2021 and is a long standing committee member of the Australian Physiotherapy Association National Paediatric Group WA Chapter. Cristina is currently enrolled it the Master of Philosophy program through Curtin University, looking to contribute to research in the area of early intervention and rare disease.

Nicole Pates


Nicole Pates (APAM) is an APA Titled Paediatric Physiotherapist. Nicole is the chair of the WA branch of the Australian Physiotherapy Association Paediatric Group and Managing Director at Western Kids Health. Nicole has extensive experience in the assessment and management of orthopaedic, rheumatological and developmental conditions across infancy, childhood and adolescence. Nicole is involved in research for osteogenesis imperfecta and persistent pain in children.

Vivienne Travlos


Clinical, academic and research physiotherapist focused on optimising health in families navigating life with disability, particularly in those who are wheelchair users and have a high risk of respiratory compromise. Trained in South Africa, the UK and Australia. Vivienne enjoys working in community physiotherapy across the disability sector, and in tertiary hospital respiratory and critical care. Her MSc (Managment of Childhood Disability) (2003) involved youth with cerebral palsy GMFCS IV and explored the impact of decision making around manual handling issues on maintenance of physical function and participation.Vivienne's PhD and smaller research studies explored respiratory care, health, wellbeing and the healthcare engagement with youth with neuromuscular and rare disease across Australia. Vivienne thoroughly enjoys and continues to be involved in training of physiotherapists. Her teaching and learning research interests explored the development of undergraduate physiotherapy students' confidence in the handling and management of the young child.Professional contributions include involvement in special interest groups, scientific committees developing best practice guidelines and policies, physiotherapy competency standards, training and professional support of Allied Health in partnership with families living with disability.

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Sat 27 - Sun 28
November
08:00AM - 05:00PM AWST
Suite 1 4 Sarich Way
Bentley WA 6009 View map
Price: Non Member: $1,293.00
APA Member: $890.00
Distance Discount: $835.00
Paediatric Group: $835.00
Registration closing date: 14 Nov 2021 Event status: Closed CPD hours: 26.00 * Early bird prices close 4 weeks prior to the course start date
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Price: Non Member: $1,293.00
APA Member: $890.00
Distance Discount: $835.00
Paediatric Group: $835.00
Registration closing date: 14 Nov 2021 Event status: Closed CPD hours: 26.00 * Early bird prices close 4 weeks prior to the course start date
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Presenters

Noula Gibson


Dr. Noula Gibson has 30 years' experience as physiotherapist working with children with acquired neurological conditions. She completed her PhD in 2013 and since 2009 has worked as the Research Coordinator for the Physiotherapy Department at Perth Children's Hospital, providing leadership to strategically direct the research activities of the physiotherapy department. Her research interests and publications are in evidence based practice; intervention efficacy; promotion of physical activity capacity and participation; and prevention of respiratory illness in cerebral palsy. Noula was instrumental in developing a research project to investigate if Gavin William's running intervention for people with acquired brain injury could successfully improve running related goals and physical activity participation in children with cerebral palsy. In 2014, she received a grant to lead the ”X-celerate-Running in Cerebral Palsy trial” at Ability WA. As the coordinating principle investigator Noula successfully administered the projects budget, research protections, staffing, data management and disseminated the findings through development of knowledge translation resources, including supporting and supervising a PhD student candidature, developing workshops, presentations, and peer-reviewed publications. More recently Noula has tested the intervention in children with cancer in the maintenance phase of their treatment. Noula has co-authored two evidence based clinical guidelines one for hip surveillance in cerebral palsy and the recent consensus statement for the prevention of respiratory illness in cerebral palsy. She has an interest in registry studies and co-authored the Cerebral Palsy Classification form currently in use by the Australian Cerebral Palsy Register.


Cristina Lee


Cristina Lee is an APA Titled Paediatric Physiotherapist who graduated from Curtin University in 2010 and has worked across the disability, health and private practice sector for the past 11 years. Cristina has predominantly worked in the Early Intervention setting both in the Perth Metropolitan and regional WA and has a strong passion for supporting young children living with complex and multiple disabilities and their families. Cristina currently works at Rocky Bay as a Advanced Clinician Paediatric Physiotherapist an Physiotherapy Consultant (Fellowship). Cristina recently completed her Master of Advanced Health Care Practice (Paediatric Physiotherapy) through Monash University in 2021 and is a long standing committee member of the Australian Physiotherapy Association National Paediatric Group WA Chapter. Cristina is currently enrolled it the Master of Philosophy program through Curtin University, looking to contribute to research in the area of early intervention and rare disease.


Nicole Pates


Nicole Pates (APAM) is an APA Titled Paediatric Physiotherapist. Nicole is the chair of the WA branch of the Australian Physiotherapy Association Paediatric Group and Managing Director at Western Kids Health. Nicole has extensive experience in the assessment and management of orthopaedic, rheumatological and developmental conditions across infancy, childhood and adolescence. Nicole is involved in research for osteogenesis imperfecta and persistent pain in children.


Vivienne Travlos


Clinical, academic and research physiotherapist focused on optimising health in families navigating life with disability, particularly in those who are wheelchair users and have a high risk of respiratory compromise. Trained in South Africa, the UK and Australia. Vivienne enjoys working in community physiotherapy across the disability sector, and in tertiary hospital respiratory and critical care. Her MSc (Managment of Childhood Disability) (2003) involved youth with cerebral palsy GMFCS IV and explored the impact of decision making around manual handling issues on maintenance of physical function and participation.Vivienne's PhD and smaller research studies explored respiratory care, health, wellbeing and the healthcare engagement with youth with neuromuscular and rare disease across Australia. Vivienne thoroughly enjoys and continues to be involved in training of physiotherapists. Her teaching and learning research interests explored the development of undergraduate physiotherapy students' confidence in the handling and management of the young child.Professional contributions include involvement in special interest groups, scientific committees developing best practice guidelines and policies, physiotherapy competency standards, training and professional support of Allied Health in partnership with families living with disability.


Learning outcomes
  • Demonstrate assessment and clinical reasoning skills to manage high-risk infants from the hospital setting to the community.
  • Outline principles of management for preschool and school age children with complex movement difficulties including gait analysis, orthotic prescription, hip surveillance and motor learning interventions.
  • Describe the assessment and management of common conditions encountered in adolescence, taking into account the role of mental health and transition from adult services in the adolescent population.
  • Demonstrate clinical reasoning skills to manage children and adolescents with complex cardiorespiratory conditions in the acute and community setting.
  • Outline barriers and facilitators of physical activity/sports participation in children and adolescents, and identify opportunities for intervention, modification and referral.
Prerequisites

Prerequisites

  • Completion of the APA Paediatric Level 1 course. There must be a minimum of 12 months experience after completing the Level 1 course before undertaking the Level 2 course.
  • Physiotherapists with at least three years of clinical paediactric experience can apply for an exemption to the Paediactric Physiotherapy Level 1 course. Please contact the APA for further details.
  • This course is only available to qualified and AHPRA registered physiotherapist.
  • Approximately 10-13 hours of pre-course work in the form of online modules is required to be completed prior to attending the course. Access to these online modules will be granted after the registration closing date.
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