This two day intensively practical course teaches a simplified assessment and treatment approach to a very biomechanically complex area of the ribs, thoracic spine and cervical spine.
The thoracic spine and particularly ribs can be a very complex and daunting biomechanical area to understand. A main objective of this course is to demystify the biomechanics, kinematics and treatment of this area. A clear 3 dimensional model to understand thoracic spine and rib function and the most common joint and muscular dysfunctions that occur in the region will be the basis of the assessment techniques taught. Treatment techniques taught for the ribs and thoracic spine follow a 3D biomechanical model to achieve optimal thoracic and rib function with easy to understand and practical techniques. The cervical spine assessment addresses in detail the functional anatomy, biomechanics and kinematics of C2-C7, including vascular, neural, ligamentous and muscular structure and function. A clear understanding of the 3 dimensional normal and common abnormal movement patterns is a clear objective of this course.
Treatment techniques for the cervical spine taught on the course also involves treatment in 3 dimensions to achieve maximal results with logical and simple to learn techniques. Retraining functional movement and stability in the cervical and thoracic spine is vital to maintain improvements from cervical and thoracic/rib treatment. The course will discuss how to commence retraining movement patterns in both the cervical and thoracic regions. Once joint movement has been optimised the course will provide you with assessment tools to identify where neural structures are compromised and treatment techniques to maximise neural mobility with unloading techniques.
Physiotherapists are increasingly using dry needling for pain management and thereby improving function in conjunction with other physiotherapy approaches. This structured course meets the national APA and AHPRA recommendations for physiotherapists to practice dry needling safely for musculoskeletal conditions and sports injuries.
The sound knowledge of indications and contraindications for dry needling requires appropriate assessment and treatment skills. This course is designed to provide physiotherapists an opportunity to improve knowledge and skills of dry needling, and make them aware of guidelines for safe dry needling practices in a range of musculoskeletal conditions.
The Dry Needling Physiotherapy Level 1 course consists of two separate parts:
A visual representation of the structure of this course can be found in this diagram.
People who are diagnosed with ataxia present with a diverse set of symptoms that require unique symptom-specific assessment and treatment selection and execution. University teaching touches only briefly on this population hence physiotherapists are often ill-equipped to confidently manage this patient group. The aim of this course is to provide and improve the knowledge and capacity of physiotherapists to assess and treat people with ataxia across the spectrum of models of care. During this course participants will be expected to undertake / demonstrate application of assessment and treatment skills for people with ataxia via peer and patient interaction sessions.
This two day course is made up of
Day 1: Optimising biomechanics of cycling and;
Day 2: Optimising rehab and muscle function in cycling
Physiotherapists are involved in the care of people from all walks of life. One in four people will experience a mental health problem at some stage in their life plus c Comorbid mental health problems are common amongst people who access physiotherapy services including but not limited to those experiencing chronic pain, chronic physical illness, multiple pain areas or following a traumatic event. In Australia, approximately one in five adults will experience mental illness in any given year and physiotherapists and other health care professionals can expect to have close contact with someone experiencing a mental illness or a mental health problem.
Lack of knowledge and stigmatising attitudes about mental illness may prevent people from seeking help or providing appropriate support because they do not know how. Stigmatised attitudes and lack of knowledge about mental health conditions are not limited to the general public and can impact on healthcare workers interactions with patients. Stigmatising attitudes can reinforce disempowerment, loss of self-belief and a sense of shame in the person with comorbid mental health problems.3,4 It has been suggested that training of healthcare workers in mental health literacy is essential to ensure appropriate support and referrals are made for people with mental illness.5 This MHFA course will improve mental health literacy of physiotherapists.