Why This Course?

Approximately 80% of Australians will endure back pain at one point in their life time with a point prevalence has been shown to be 10-26% at any one time. 14% of these complaints are chronic in duration. Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) is estimated to burden healthcare as of 2001 by $9.1 Billion and has increased substantially since despite NHMRC guidelines suggesting early MRI leads to poorer patient outcomes. Surgical Interventions including discectomy, laminectomy and fusions have also all increased in prevalence. Opioid prescription for back pain has also shown a dramatic increasing trend. Despite, the upward trends in these interventions, and increased burden on our healthcare system the prevalence of back pain has only increased. A number of areas for improvement of management have been evidenced in the literature. Further literature suggests that only 34% of primary care practitioners feel comfortable managing patients with chronic pain, with 82% reporting they felt their medical training was inadequate for this population. Furthermore, it has been shown that 37.5% of adult visitations for primary care are chronic pain in nature, suggesting that an increased focus on pain science and bridging the science/practitioner/patient gap is required. 

The incorporation of a systematic approach to assess and provide interventions that address bio, psycho and social contributors is evidence. This course will take you on that journey in a fun, practical and discussion filled day.
 

Your Learning Outcomes:

  • GP's will understand red flag and contraindicated presentations to ensure appropriate management be sourced using a systemised approach.

  • Basic screening of biomechanical pain, and understanding of the best prognostic factors to prescribe simple movement advice, without iatrogenic consequences

  • GP's will have the skills to understand basic screening of psychosocial elements contributing to back pain and when these factors are required to be addressed

  • GP's will understand when a referral is necessary, to whom a referral is most appropriate and what to expect when referring.

  • GP's will be able to determine when diagnostic imaging is appropriate, and when surgical intervention referral to specialist may be indicated.

Cost

RACGP Members - $499

Non-Members - $750

*Payment plans are available

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I am so excited that I honestly can’t believe how excited I am. You guys have changed my approach for the better, and there are so many others that I know I can help with their pain!
— CJ, Accredited Exercise Physiologist
Honestly one of the most productive and beneficial workshops I’ve ever been to, with implementation into practice immediate and results evident. Can’t thank you both enough. Great lively discussion and the willingness to answer all questions..your guidance is truly appreciated.
— JF, Accredited Exercise Physiologist
When it comes to teaching in the areas of pain management, rehabilitation, and the function of the human body, you can’t get much better than Brendan & Luke. To say that this course on the Lumbar Spine and SIJ was excellent would be an understatement. I thoroughly enjoyed the mix of empirical and theoretical based evidence so that we can get to the underlying cause and management of acute and chronic lower back pain, rather than just address symptoms. Most importantly, I liked how they simplified a very complex topic in a way that makes it both practical and user-friendly for any health care professional. The live case studies were certainly my favourite part of the course. Now I have a clear system to treat my patients and ensure they get back to the life they deserve living.
— Travis English, Accredited Exercise Physiologist