Postdoctoral Fellow, Sydney School of Public Health, University of Sydney
Mary O’Keeffe is a physiotherapist and European Union Horizon 2020 Marie Skłodowska-Curie Global Fellow at Musculoskeletal Health Sydney, The University of Sydney. Mary’s fellowship involves two years in the University of Sydney, a three month secondment to EFIC in Brussels in Belgium, and 9 months in the University of Limerick in Ireland. Mary was awarded her PhD in 2017 in the University of Limerick. Her PhD research examined whether tailoring multidimensional rehabilitation to the individual chronic low back pain patient enhances effectiveness. Mary is very passionate about public engagement and communicating evidence-based information about low back pain through radio, newspapers and social media. Examples include All you ever need to know about back pain (RTE News Ireland), 10 myths about back pain and how to cope when it strikes, 15 things you didn’t know about back pain, How to move on from back pain, How your sleep patterns could be contributing to your back pain (Irish Independent newspaper). Mary has published 35 papers relating to low back pain and other musculoskeletal pain conditions. Mary is part of the Wiser Healthcare Collaboration to prevent overdiagnosis and overtreatment of musculoskeletal conditions and her current postdoctoral research areas are communication with consumers and examining the effect of nudging on clinical testing and treatment behaviours
Mary's first lecture of the weekend is titled: 'Multidimensional framework for assessing and treating persistent low back pain'
Learning outcomes include:
- Understand the multidimensional nature of low back pain
- Understand the importance of getting the first person story of pain
- Identify and address modifiable barriers to recovery from low back pain
- Understand the importance of the therapeutic alliance
After this lecture, clinicians will be able to apply all of the principles discussed to help improve their assessment and treatment of low back pain. It will improve their confidence in identifying and addressing psychosocial factors.
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Research Assistant Professor
Dr. Antonio Stecco is a graduate in Medicine and Surgery, and specialized in Physics Medicine and Rehabilitation at the University of Padua, Italy. His areas of prevalent scientific and clinical interest are anatomy of the fascia corporis via dissections and histological studies, including immunohistochemical and molecular biology; study and clinical application of hyaluronic acid; and myofascial syndrome. Following the techniques developed by his father, Luigi Stecco, PT, Dr. Stecco co-authored with his sister, Carla Stecco, MD Fascial Manipulation for Musculoskeletal Pain (Piccin, 2004). He is the author of more than twelve articles published in international journals.
Antonio currently Research Assistant Professor at RUSK Institute of Rehabilitation Medicine in New York City, USA.
Dr Stecco will present two lectures as part of our 2019 annual conference, including:
'Physiopathology of deep fascia'
By the end of this session delegates will be able to:
How does this lecture affect your ability to become QAP?
Areas for further reading
By the end of this session, delegates will be able to:
Areas for further reading:
Meet our homegrown speakers
Deborah Falla is Chair in Rehabilitation Science and Physiotherapy at the University of Birmingham, UK and is the Director of the Centre of Precision Rehabilitation for Spinal Pain (CPR Spine). Her research focus is on optimizing the management of musculoskeletal disorders with a particular interest in spinal pain. She has published over 170 papers in international, peer-reviewed journals, more than 200 conference papers/abstracts including over 30 invited/keynote lectures and has received several recognitions and awards for her work including the German Pain Research Prize in 2014, the George J. Davies - James A. Gould Excellence in Clinical Inquiry Award in 2009 and the Delsys Prize for Electromyography Innovation in 2004. Professor Falla is an author of three books including the latest published in 2018 entitled “Management of neck pain disorders: a research informed approach” (Elsevier). Professor Falla acts as an Associate Editor for Musculoskeletal Science & Practice, the Journal of Electromyography and Kinesiology and Transactions on Neural Systems & Rehabilitation Engineering. Since 2016, she is President of the International Society of Electrophysiology and Kinesiology (ISEK).
Deborah last spoke at our 2015 Physio First conference with a highly regarded lecture on Reogranised sensorimotor control in neck pain and the benefits of training. We are delighted that she will be returning in 2019.
Joanne Elphinston is a leading elite performance movement and rehabilitation consultant, and highly respected international lecturer, physiotherapist and author.
She has worked and taught at the highest levels in sports, the performing arts and rehabilitation, drawing from the fields of biomechanics, motor learning, neuroscience, philosophy and psychology, and now shares this top level experience with you through JEMS®.
Associate Professor - Department of Allied Health Sciences
Associate Professor at University of Nottingham
Roger Kerry is Associate Professor in the Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences at the University of Nottingham, UK. He is a Chartered Physiotherapist, and an honorary Fellow of the UK’s Musculoskeletal Association of Chartered Physiotherapists. His main clinical research interests have been in adverse events and physiotherapy interventions of the head and neck, particularly on the causal nature of the interventions. Roger is a member of several international working groups related to best practice for the management of head and neck pain. Roger is also undertaking research activity in the Philosophy of Science, investigating the nature of causation in evidence-based healthcare, and this was the focus of his PhD. He is well- published in these areas and has been an invited speaker at numerous international conferences. Roger has won several teaching awards, including two prestigious Lord Dearing Awards for Teaching & Learning following his work on the use of social media in education.
Roger's lecture is titled, 'Hands On, Hands Off: Is that even a thing?'
By the end of this session delegates will be able to:
This lecture aims to provide a critical analysis of the “hand on, hands off” debate, which making sense of the best of the evidence which should be used to inform clinical decision-making.
Ability to better apply evidence-informed reasoning to their own clinical practice
Jones M, Rivett D. 2019 Clinical Reasoning in Musculoskeletal Practice, 2nd Edition, Elsevier Hardcover ISBN: 9780702059766
How does this affect your ability to become QAP?
Enhanced critical evaluation of evidence and clinical decision making will optimise patient outcomes.
Tim trained as a physiotherapist in London, UK, qualifying in 1979. After spending some years in the National Health Service (mainly musculoskeletal orthopaedics and rheumatology), and with various sports clubs and National Teams, he took up a lecturing role at West Middlesex Hospital, then Brunel University and now at the University of Hertfordshire. He undertook a degree in Biomedical Sciences followed by a PhD from the Biomedical Engineering Department at the University of Surrey in 1994. His PhD thesis was ‘The Bioelectric Correlates of Musculoskeletal Injury and Repair’.
He researches in several fields associated primarily with electrotherapy and tissue repair and is currently Professor of Physiotherapy, School of Health & Emergency Professions at the University of Hertfordshire. He has published many papers, is editor of a core text on electrotherapy and has contributed several chapters to other edited texts. He is a reviewer for more than 25 journals and grant authorities and has presented more than 850 professional lectures, short courses and conference papers.
Tim's lecture will be:
Should Electrophysical Modalities continue to be used in modern physiotherapy practice? An Evidence Based Consideration
Learning outcomes include:
Identify the relationship between pure and applied research
Consider Electrophysical Modalities as a component of integrated therapy practice
Employ existing and new evidence into a clinical decision making framework
The session aims to consider both the available evidence for the use of Electrophysical Agents (EPA’s) as an integral part of physiotherapy treatment packages, how this integration might be best achieved and argues that the identification of EPA’s as a ‘passive’ intervention does not necessarily reflect the evidence supporting their use in modern therapy practice.
This session should be attended by any physiotherapists who employ or is conserving the use of electrophysical modalities into their practice