All breakfast sessions will be held at the ICC Sydney on Friday 20 October 2017 from 7.30 until 8.45am. Details will be updated as they become available.


Acupuncture and Dry Needling

How to run a successful physiotherapy practice incorporating needling
Speakers: Leigh McCutcheon, Rebecca Fagan, Jane Rooney, Phil Gabel
Enhancing your physiotherapy practice with needling. Tips for success from experienced private practitioners. 

  1. Tricky areas; Tips for needling safely
  2. Considering the emotional component
  3. Needling in lower limb kinetic chain problems
  4. Research ready and recording



Integrating Kinesiology Taping into your Animal Rehabilitation Practice
Presenter: Dr Raquel Butler

Kinesiology tape was developed by a Japanese chiropractor and acupuncturist Kenso Kase in the mid 1970’s for use in humans in injury treatment, prevention and athletic performance. It has recently crossed over to being utilized in animals with multiple companies promoting animal taping and producing an animal specific tape.

Kinesiology – ‘’the science of movement’. The Kinesiology tape is a 2way stretch elastic cotton with an acrylic adhesive in a wave design, this creates a lifting effect on the skin influencing pain fibers, fascia and underlying structures, while still allowing full range of motion. Understanding the principles and effect of taping is important when integrating taping into your practice.

Taping can be an invaluable tool in your toolbox aiding in your assessment and continuing your treatment and support for the horse after you take your hands off. Taping is an invaluable tool in the rehabilitation of neurological problems, musculoskeletal injuries, post orthopaedic surgery, oedema, hematomas, wounds and scars as well as biomechanical support in training, competition, travelling and recovery.


Modern Airway Clearance: New devices and thinking in chronic and acute care.
Speaker: Brenda Button


Discussion will include:

How new thinking can inspire research and change clinical practice
New airway clearance devices in chronic and acute care (including Metaneb and Aerobika).



Closing the ‘understanding gap’ about disability among Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people
Speaker: Scott Avery


Aboriginal and Torre Strait Islander people experience disability at twice the rate of other Australians. Despite the prevalence of disability in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Torres lslander communities, the research and evidence base on disability derived from Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander knowledge systems is largely absent. The First Peoples Disability Network, a non-government disability organisation established by and for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people with disability, is undertaking the ‘Living our ways’ research project which captures the lived experiences of disability through narrative and storytelling.


Using the narratives of lived experience of disability, this seminar will highlight how the cultural belief systems on inclusion and diversity differs from westerenised concepts of disability, and outline the implications for public disability policy including the NDIS and Closing the Gap strategies.



Informing APA’s Aged Care Policy Q&A
Speakers: ‎ Rik Dawson, David Nicholls,Nancy Latham


Aged care as we know it is set for a revolution. This Q&A offers members the unique opportunity to better understand the APA’s position on the future of Physiotherapy in aged care. In particular Rik will describe the APA’s policy discussions with the Federal Government on Aged Care and where physio fits into the new ACFI guidelines and home care packages. This breakfast will give members an opportunity to discuss their views on the future of aged care with Rik and David. Participants will have a chance to comment and feedback to Rik and David about their particular concerns and ideas.



Evidence: who needs it? (I already know what I am doing)
Speakers: Taryn Jones, Cath Granger, Louise Ada, Cath Dean

A panel of experts will discuss issues associated with the need for evidence, issues related to generating evidence to inform clinical practice, the dissemination of research findings and the uptake of research findings and clinical guidelines by clinicians.


Delegates will hear answers to questions like:

  • What value are RCTs when they exclude all the types of patients I treat?
  • What is the role of undergraduate education when new graduates just do whatever their supervising physio does?
  • Is there any value in the evidence for aspiring evidence-based practitioners?
  • To what extent do guidelines actually guide interventions?
  • Should research focus primarily on behaviour change of the individual/population with a health condition rather than on therapists/health systems charged with delivering care?

Our panel consists of physiotherapy experts with experience in clinical research, policy and guideline development, research and knowledge translation, education, guideline implementation and clinical audit. Maybe the next big step for physiotherapy is not generating new evidence, but implementing effective treatments to those who need it.


Active Lifestyle Coaching in Paediatrics
Speaker: Janke de Groot


Women’s, Men’s & Pelvic Health / Cancer, Lymphoedema & Palliative Care

Gynaecological cancer and pelvic floor dysfunction
Speaker: Helena Frawley


Dr Frawley is an Associate Professor and NHMRC Research Fellow within the Department of Physiotherapy at Monash University in Melbourne. Her research is focused on pelvic floor muscle measurement studies and conservative therapies to treat pelvic floor dysfunction. In this session, Dr Frawley will be discussing issues related to pelvic floor dysfunction following pelvic cancer and the implications for physiotherapy management.



Can physiotherapy management of musculoskeletal problems (including shoulder, hip and knee) reduce the need for surgery in the non-sporting and sporting populations?
Speakers: Jeremy Lewis, Sue Mayes, Michael Makdissi
Traditionally, many musculoskeletal injuries have been managed by orthopaedic surgery, despite limited evidence regarding the efficacy of these surgical procedures. Injuries that have been managed surgically include shoulder impingement, shoulder rotator cuff injuries, femoroacetabular impingement and knee meniscal tears. Dr Jeremy Lewis will discuss whether optimized, tailored physiotherapy interventions can delay or eliminate the need for surgery, particularly in the context of shoulder injuries. He will then be joined in a panel discussion with Dr Sue Mayes (Australian Ballet) and Dr Michael Makdissi (Hawthorn Football Club) who will share their experiences on this topic.