UPCOMING COURSES

PAIN FROM AN OT PERSPECTIVE – IAN CHEOK

FRIDAY APRIL 5TH 2019

Chronic pain management is a major and growing challenge for patients, healthcare professionals and the global healthcare system. Pain science can be quite disheartening as a topic – as there are no magic bullets or quick fixes in treating chronic pain. This can make engaging with this condition difficult, with the result that occupational therapists might choose to avoid exploring this area. Of all the approaches used in the treatment of chronic pain, occupational therapy shows some of the most promising results but remains relatively unknown to the public and other healthcare practitioners.

This workshop aims to introduce pain science and unveil the role of occupational therapy in chronic pain rehabilitation. The goal is to take the science and help occupational therapists translate it into tangible, clinical concepts and tools. It is suitable for new or experienced therapists wishing to gain a broader understanding in this area. We will be reviewing the most recent and relevant approaches and technologies for the care and management of chronic pain.

 

Topics to be covered include:

 

  • Pain Science Made Simple
    Learn about the basic neuroscience of pain, and the interrelationship between physiological, psychological, environmental and occupational processes in pain perception.
  • Pain Assessment in Occupational Therapy Practice
    Gain an overview of how to assess patients with pain (acute and chronic), and using assessment findings guide diagnostic, rehabilitation and occupation-related care plans
  • Interventions for Common Clinical Pain Syndromes
    Explore the different approaches to treat chronic pain, current available evidence on their efficacy and relevance in various occupational therapy settings. Discover how occupational therapists can implement effective interventions through therapeutic neuroscience education, psychological approaches, functional rehabilitation, soft tissue therapy and assistive technology.

 

This workshop will be delivered in a casual manner with inspiring recovery stories and short gentle yoga breaks (to make your experience as pain free as possible). You will leave with a better foundational knowledge and understanding in this emerging area of practice for occupational therapists.

 

About the Presenter :-

Ian Cheok graduated from Curtin University with a Master of Occupational Therapy degree, receiving the Head of the School Award and Outstanding Mentor Award. Additionally, he has received training from The Neuro Orthopaedic Institute, Neurotherapy Services, and is currently completing his postgraduate studies in chronic pain management at McGill University. He is also a qualified remedial massage therapist, completing a Diploma in Remedial Massage from The Australian College of Massage.

Ian strongly believes that when people with chronic are able to participate in activities they truly enjoy, their health and well being will be greatly improved. He thrives in helping others express the best version of themselves by honouring their unique personality and working around their strengths. He achieves this by employing soft tissue therapy to help clients modulate sensory discomfort and improve functional movement, cognitive behavioural techniques (Acceptance and Commitment Therapy) to enhance focus and engagement, and ergonomic principles to increase performance and safety in the workplace and at home.

 

Pain from an OT Perspective
Date Friday April 5th, 2019

08:30 – 16:30

Venue Pagoda Conference Room, Pagoda Resort, 112 Melville Parade, Como
Cost

 

 

 

Early bird before 5/3/19

Member $200.00

Rural/remote member $150.00

Non-members $375.00

Student $100.00

Standard rate after 5/3/19

Member $250.00

Rural/remote member $187.50

Non-members $375.00

Student $120.00

Refreshments Welcome coffee /tea, morning tea, lunch and afternoon tea provided.

PD registration form (2019)

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BASIC SOFT TISSUE COURSE – Roisin Sullivan

Friday May 3rd 2019

This practical and interactive course will cover basic elements of soft tissue occupational therapy practice. It is aimed at new graduates, final year undergraduate and MOT students and those therapists in other areas of practice wishing to learn skills for working in the field of soft tissue OT.

The course will address assessments and diagnostic skills, basic treatment principles, theoretical background and practical clinical application of common treatments within soft tissue OT.

Roisin Sullivan has confirmed to provide a repeat of this very successful and practical course on Friday 3rd May 2019

Basic Soft Tissue Course
Date Friday 3rd May 2019

8:30 – 17:00

Venue Pagoda Ballroom, Pagoda Resort, 112 Melville Parade, Como
Cost

 

 

 

Early bird before 3/4/19

Member $200

Rural/ remote $150

Non-members $375

Student $100

Standard rate after 3/4/19

Member $250

Rural/ remote $175

Non-members $375

Student $200

Refreshments Welcome coffee/tea, morning tea, lunch and afternoon tea provided

PD registration form (2019)

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DIFFICULT CONVERSATIONS AND PRACTICAL SUPERVISION FOR STAFF INVOLVING DEBRIEFING

DR MARGARET POTTER – FRIDAY 7TH JUNE 2019

 We are delighted to present this innovative workshop on “Difficult conversations and practical supervision for staff involving debriefing” by Dr Margaret Potter.

Dr Margaret Potter is an education consultant, health professional and internationally certified coach with more than 20 years of experience working with individuals, groups and organisations to optimise communication, teamwork and workplace-based performance. Margaret is a sought after presenter who will engage, inform and entertain participants with a “hands on” approach.

 Background

Having a difficult conversation, be it with a patient/client, student or colleague is challenging for any health professional. When is a good time? How should you approach the situation? If the conversation triggers a bad response what should you do?

The desire to maintain a cordial and respectful relationship, while still seeking to address matters of concern requires assertion, diplomacy and mediation skills. If an individual is not confident in their ability to have a difficult conversation, he/she may avoid it or be ineffectual in their attempts, which can ultimately result in an escalation of the problem.

This workshop will focus on assisting you to improve your communication and professional supervision skills, particularly in potential conflict situations.

Intended outcomes: In this workshop we will:

  • Explore the power dynamic in relationships
  • Discuss the key elements of effective feedback
  • Examine a coach approach to debriefing
  • Apply the skills learnt in role play situations
  • Increase your confidence to manage difficult conversations

Structure

An experiential session involving:

  • Facilitated discussion
  • Role play activities
  • Cooperative learning
Date Friday 7th June 2019
Time 13:00 – 17:00 course
Venue Pagoda Ballroom, Pagoda Resort, 112 Melville Parade, Como
Cost Early bird before 7/5/19

Member $100

Rural/ remote member $75

Non-members $187.50

Student $50

Standard rate after 7/5/19

Member $125

Rural/ remote member $92.50

Non-members $187.50

Student $65

Refreshments Afternoon Tea included

PD registration form (2019)

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ANATOMY – UPPER AND LOWER LIMBS

DR BEATRIZ IR DE OLIVEIRA  – FRIDAY 21ST JUNE

We are delighted to have Dr Beatriz IR de Oliveira present an anatomy course focussing on Upper and Lower limbs. Following her successful course in 2017 many members have requested a repeat course. Dr Beatriz IR de Oliveira is a physiotherapist and lecturer at the School of Physiotherapy and Exercise Science at Curtin University. This course involves the study of the various structures of the upper limbs and their role in facilitating life’s many functions. Several strategies will be implemented to teach and encourage Occupational Therapists to apply their knowledge in palpatory anatomy,  surface anatomy, postural analysis and clinical anatomy of the upper and lower limbs.

The course will be divided into four sessions:

Session (module) 1:  Palpatory anatomy: bony landmarks of the upper and lower limbs

–          Review main bony landmarks of the upper limb

–          Identify main bony landmarks of the upper and lower limbs through palpatory anatomy

–            Understand clinical relevance of bony landmarks

Session (module) 2:  Surface anatomy: muscles of the upper and lower limbs

–          Review superficial muscles of the upper and lower limbs

–          Analyse surface anatomy and function of muscles of the upper and lower limbs

Session (module) 3:  Postural analysis: refresher

–            Practice postural analysis via the identification of landmarks and symmetry in the frontal and

sagittal planes

–          Analyse scapulohumeral rhythm

Session (module) 4:  Clinical anatomy: upper limb

–          Review courses of major peripheral nerves arising from the brachial plexus

–          Review upper limb clinical presentations

–            Utilise anatomical knowledge to apply principles of clinical measurement

Palpatory/surface anatomy and postural analysis sessions require suitable clothing i.e. shorts and t-shirt, as well as sports bra or tank top underneath clothing. Participants must be ready to disrobe for this exciting practical course.

Anatomy – Upper and Lower Limbs
Date Friday 21st June 2019

8:30 – 17:00

Venue Pagoda Ballroom, Pagoda Resort, 112 Melville Parade, Como
Cost

 

 

 

Early bird before 21/5/19

Member $200

Rural/ remote $150

Non-members $375

Student $100

Standard rate after 21/5/19

Member $250

Rural/ remote $175

Non-members $375

Student $200

Refreshments Welcome coffee/tea, morning tea, lunch and afternoon tea provided

PD registration form (2019)

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MEMORY STRATEGIES FOLLOWING ACQUIRED BRAIN INJURY – Gillian Smith

Gill Smith has overtwenty five years experience as an Occupational Therapist she has worked in a variety of settings including out-patients and community based rehabilitation both in Perth and England, with adults aged 16+ who have a variety of impairments. In the past she has developed and delivered tutorials to Hallam and Edith Cowan University Occupational Therapy schools.

This workshop is aimed at Occupational Therapists with experience of working in this clinical area and will cover –

  • The use of information processing model of cognition to describe and understand the skills needed for memory
  • Encoding, storage and retrieval outlined with ideas about how to identify and manage problems at each stage
  • Categories / memory types described with examples of application in everyday life
  • Factors that impact on everybody’s effective memory with ideas to improve memory function
  • Assessment tools and their use
  • Rehabilitation principles and strategies for impairments of each skill and memory category will be revisited and explored with case examples used to illustrate points

 

Date Monday August 5th, 2019
Time 13:00 – 17:00 course

17:00 – 18:00 refreshments

Venue Pagoda Ballroom, Pagoda Resort, 112 Melville Parade, Como
Cost Early bird before 5/6/19

Member $100

Rural/ remote members $75

Non-members $187.50

Student $50

Standard rate after 5/6/19

Member $125

Rural/ remote members $92.50

Non-members $187.50

Student $65

Refreshments Afternoon tea and  refreshments included at the end of the course

PD registration form (2019)

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HAND THERAPY SOFT TISSUE COURSE

ROISIN SULLIVAN  – FRIDAY 9TH AUGUST

In this full-day course, Roisin Sullivan will present a range of both theory and practical soft tissue skills relevant to hand therapists.

Roisin Sullivan is the an Occupational Therapist that has practiced exclusively in Soft Tissue OT for the past 14 years to promote occupational performance for her clients. She is the convener of the Soft Tissue OT Interest Group of WA and has a strong interest in the professional development of students and therapists in the field, both teaching and mentoring new therapists in the area of practice.

The course will address the foundations and principles of soft tissue treatment in OT, as well as considering evidence-based interventions for managing the soft tissue issues of hand and upper limb conditions.

Attendees will cover a range of clinically relevant information, including:

  • Principles of management of soft tissue conditions
  • Common clinical soft tissue assessments
  • Barriers to soft tissue healing, inflammatory considerations and complex cases
  • Referred pain considerations
  • Neural and plexus connections and influences
  • Postural considerations and assessments
  • Consideration of shoulder, scapular and cervical involvement in hand and upper limb conditions
  • Principles of soft tissue release
  • Consideration of best evidence-based practice and current clinical interventions in soft tissue management
  • Contraindications in soft tissue management
  • Practical demonstrations throughout and small hands-on practice groups
Hand Therapy Soft Tissue Course
Date Friday 9th August 2019

8:30 – 17:00

Venue Pagoda Ballroom, Pagoda Resort, 112 Melville Parade, Como
Cost Early bird before 9/7/19

Member $200

Rural/ remote $150

Non-members $375

Student $100

Standard rate after 9/7/19

Member $250

Rural/ remote $175

Non-members $375

Student $200

Refreshments Welcome coffee/tea, morning tea, lunch and afternoon tea provided

PD registration form (2019)

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Towards functional writing: Fine Motor skills and Handwriting for Children 2-12 – Presented by Lisa Scott

We are delighted to have secured Lisa Scott from Melbourne to present this exciting course. Lisa is an experienced Occupational Therapists with over 25 years experience.

The areas covered in this  workshop are :- Theoretical Models, Assessment, Hand Development,Pre-writing and drawing skills,Intervention Strategies andSpecific Programs.

This 2-day workshop investigates elements of handwriting, drawing and tool usage for kindergarten and primary school children. Handwriting difficulties are one of the primary reasons for a referral to an occupational therapist.  Handwriting is also one of the most complex tasks in which children engage.  It requires skills in the areas of cognition, visuo-spatial, language fine motor and kinaesthetic development. Research has indicated that children who can write well perform at a higher level academically.  There has also been correlation in the literature with regard to proficient handwriting and children’s performance in the areas of increased concentration, improved self-confidence and self-esteem, as well as the ability for children to express themselves creatively.

The workshop aims to be practical in nature, providing participants with:

  • An overview of normal development of pencil skills/drawing/handwriting
  • An overview of classroom handwriting expectations
  • Development of pencil/graphomotor skills
  • An understanding or overview of various tools and classroom/clinical observations that may assist in identification of the various areas of difficulty, including:
  • Classroom set-up
  • Handwriting posture
  • Development of pencil/graphomotor skills
  • Writing tool use
  • Writing speed and legibility and
  • Written content
  • A clinical reasoning framework to determine the direction for intervention for these children.

The workshop will also provide participants with opportunities to develop numerous strategies to assist emergent writers and those in later years with continuing handwriting difficulties.

Towards Functional Writing: Fine Motor Skills And Handwriting For Children 2-12
Date Friday August 30th and Saturday August 31st, 2019

09:00 – 17:00 daily

Venue Pagoda Conference Room, Pagoda Resort, 112 Melville Parade, Como
Cost

 

Early Bird before 30/6/19

Member $400

Rural Remote member $300

Student $200

Non-members $750

Standard Rate after 30/6/19

Member $500

Rural Remote member $350

Student $250

Non-members $750

Refreshments Welcome coffee /tea, morning tea, lunch and afternoon tea provided daily

PD registration form (2019)