Manual Concepts have brought to Perth in Western Australia some of the world’s leading expert clinicians, researchers and teachers of manual therapy. Each teacher will build on the knowledge and expertise brought by the other presenters to build a coordinated, integrated approach to manual therapy.
BSc, Grad Dip Manip Ther (Distinctions). Adjunct Senior Teaching Fellow (Curtin). Senior Teaching Fellow (The University of Western Australia). Visiting Lecturer (University of Dublin, Trinity College), Accredited Mulligan Concept Teacher. Director Manual Concepts, Booragoon, Western Australia.
Kim Robinson has developed a reputation as a leading figure in manual therapy education. He was formerly a lecturer and clinical teacher on the Postgraduate Diploma in Manipulative Therapy programme at Curtin University of Technology for many years before establishing Manual Concepts. He now conducts a variety of lectures and clinical programmes around the world, teaching in more than 25 countries. Kim is an active member of the Australian Physiotherapy Association, the Musculoskeletal Physiotherapists Association of Australia and has been an internationally accredited teacher of the Mulligan Concept since 1995. His research interests and publications include manual diagnosis, cervicogenic headache, neck pain and the application of the Mulligan Concept. Please follow the link for a list of his publications and conference presentations.
Dr Toby Hall
PhD, MSc, Post Grad Dip Manip Ther. Adjunct Senior Teaching Fellow (Curtin). Senior Teaching Fellow (The University of Western Australia). Accredited Mulligan Concept Teacher. Director Manual Concepts, Booragoon, Western Australia.
Toby Hall is well recognised for his publications and research. He has forged an international reputation for clinical excellence in manual therapy and has been a valued contributor to the Masters in Clinical Physiotherapy programme at Curtin University of Technology for many years. Toby qualified as a physiotherapist in the UK in 1985 and then gained his Post Grad Dip in Manual Therapy, MSc, and PhD at Curtin University in 1990, 1996, and 2010 respectively. He now conducts a variety of lectures and clinical programmes around the world. Toby is a member of the editorial board of Manual Therapy Journal and sub-editor of the Journal of Manual & Manipulative Therapy. He is a co-author of the new textbook “Mobilisation with movement: The art and the science” published by Elsevier. He has more than 60 peer reviewed publications focused on cervicogenic headache, the Mulligan Concept, and neural tissue pain disorders. Please follow the link for a list of his publications and conference presentations. Toby has taught manual therapy in over 25 countries. These courses are well received by physiotherapists who have a wide range of backgrounds and manual therapy experience.
B App Sc (Phty) Syd U, Grad Dip Man Ther Syd U, M Biomed Eng UNSW. Director McConnell & Clements Physiotherapy, Sydney, Australia. Director McConnell Institute, Marina del Rey, California.
Jenny Mcconnell is well known to physiotherapists for her work on the management of patellofemoral pain and in more recent years on the shoulder and lumbar spine. She has published widely on all three areas, particularly important is the recent clinical trial showing her approach for the management of patellofemoral pain is highly effective. She works extensively in her private practice in Sydney where she continues to build on developing her approach through her experience of treating patients.
Prof Peter O’Sullivan
Dip Physio. Grad Dip Manip Ther, PhD. Fellow of the Australian Physiotherapy Association. Associate Professor, School of Physiotherapy, Curtin University, Perth, Western Australia. Director and Specialist Musculoskeletal Physiotherapist, Bodylogic, Wembley, Perth
Peter is a Specialist Musculoskeletal Physiotherapist who consults 3 days per week in a multi-disciplinary practice (www.bodylogicphysiotherapy.com), and is an Associate Professor at Curtin University of Technology, Western Australia where he teaches at a post graduate level and conducts high impact clinical research. Peter has an International reputation for his ground breaking clinical research investigating the development, classification and management of chronic spinal pain disorders and the development of a new management approach to Non-specific chronic low back pain – cognitive functional therapy. He collaborates with a number world leaders in spinal pain research. He has published over 70 papers on his work in international peer review journals, has presented the findings of his research at more than 50 National and International conferences and has run clinical workshops in over 20 countries. Peter’s interest is linking of clinical research to the clinical setting. For those interested in viewing Peter’s extensive list of publications please click here.
Prof Michelle Sterling
BPhty, Postgrad Dip Manipulative Therapy (distinction); MPhty; PhD. Lecturer at the Department of Physiotherapy, Griffith University, Queensland.
Michele originally trained as a physiotherapist in Brisbane before travelling to Perth to undertake postgraduate study in manual therapy at Curtin University. She has since completed her doctorate investigating whiplash injury. Her research interests are many and include: The characterisation of whiplash in terms of motor dysfunction, sensory disturbances and psychological factors. Investigation of prognostic indicators for recovery and non-recovery from whiplash injury using measures of motor, sensory and psychological impairment. Investigation of sensory changes following whiplash injury particularly the neuropathic nature of such changes and the involvement of the sympathetic nervous system. Investigation of the differences in pain processing mechanisms between traumatic and idiopathic neck pain. The development of research based interventions for the management of whiplash and idiopathic neck pain. Michele has many publication in these areas. For those interested in viewing Michele’s extensive list of publications please click here
Professor Steve Edmondston
DipPhysio(Otago), AdvDipPhysio(Auck), PhD(Curtin)
Steve originally qualified as a physiotherapist in New Zealand and completed postgraduate studies in Auckland, New Zealand before travelled to Perth to complete his PhD investigating thoracic spine anatomy, biomechanics and age changes. His research interests include classification of cervical spine pain disorders and cervicogenic headache; profile analysis in patients with mechanical neck pain disorders; physiotherapy outcome evaluation in patients with neck pain disorders; the role of tissue loading in the develpment of mechanical neck pain; clinical classification of thoracic spine disorders; clinical measurement of cervicothoracic movement patterns. Steve currently works in private physiotherapy practice where he continues to develop many new ideas with respect to the clinical management of thoracic and cervical spine pain disorders. For those interested in viewing Steve’s extensive list of publications please click here.
Osteopath, Manipulative Physiotherapist
Michael graduated from the New Zealand school of physiotherapy, Otago in 1968. He then studied at and graduated from the British School of Osteopathy, Londonn in 1974. He completed his diploma in Manipulative Therapy in 1981. In 1983 he started teaching manipulation techniques to small groups. This progressed to teaching at the Auckland Scool of Physiotherapy on its Advanced Diploma program. Since then he has been active in planning and implementing post-graduate manipulative physiotherapy programs for the New Zealand Manipulative Physiotherapy Association and the Auckland School of Physiotherapy post-graduate program. Michael is the author of “Spinal Manipulation- A Manual For Physiotherapists” and has authored a videos and CDROM’s. Michael has enormous talent and expertise in the field of teaching a highly skilled aspect of manual therapy.
DipPT(WAust), GradDipHlthSc(WAIT), MAppSc(Curtin)
It is with great sadness that we write that Max Zusman passed away in early 2014. Max Zusman was a world reknowned authority on physiology of pain and the influence of manual therapy on pain. He published many important papers with respect to this complex but highly important aspect of manual therapy. We will greatly miss Max.
Associate Professor Diana Hopper
TC, DipYL(SWDVic), BAppSc(WAIT), GradDipSPhysio(WAIT), Med, PhD(WAust), FASMF
It is also with great sadness that we have to write that Di Hopper passed away in early 2015. Di was a vibrant, colourful, and very motivated member of Manual Concepts team. We will greatly miss her contribution.
Dr Dean Watson
Dean graduated as a physiotherapist in Adelaide in 1976 and completed a Graduate Diploma in Advanced Manipulative Therapy in 1983 followed by a Master of Applied Science by Research at the University of South Australia in 1991. In 1991 he established The Headache Clinic in Adelaide. He has a vast clinical experience comprises consulting over 6000 headache and migraine sufferers and in excess of 15000 treatments. Since 1991 he has developed a series of techniques that can confirm that a neck disorder is the cause of or a significant factor in the mechanism of the headache or migraine. Dean’s experience has shown that if the techniques are performed in a specific manner it is possible to determine which spinal segment is contributing to headache. This knowledge greatly increases the chance of manual treatment being successful. Dean is currently a PhD Candidate investigating the role of cervicogenic dysfunction in the mechanism of migraine at Murdoch University. Dean has presented courses for physiotherapists and other healthcare professionals in Australia, New Zealand, Hong Kong, Singapore, United Kingdom, Belgium, The Netherlands, Switzerland, Germany and Spain.
Associate Professor Ben Wand
BAppSc(Physio), GradDip(ExSpSc), MAppSc(Manip Physio), PhD. Associate Professor, School of Health Sciences, The University of Notre Dame Australia, Fremantle.
Ben is currently the coordinator of musculoskeletal studies for the physiotherapy program at the University of Notre Dame Australia. He completed his original physiotherapy degree, as well as post graduate qualifications in sports science and manipulative physiotherapy, in Sydney. He undertook his PhD at Brunel University in London on physiotherapy management of acute low back pain. His current research interests include the role of central nervous system dysfunction in chronic low back pain and physiotherapy management of chronic spinal pain. Click here to view his extensive list of publications
All the above are well recognised for their outstanding and varied contribution to manual therapy. Participants are extremely fortunate to have the opportunity to learn from such presenters in such an ideal and intensive setting. Further details about the course content is included in the program section.