Clinical Society: Chronic Spinal Pain (Port Macquarie)

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Overview

Low back pain is now the leading cause of disability worldwide. Treatment of chronic spinal pain is often complicated and adoption of best practice treatment guidelines is sometimes a challenge.

This event brings together GPs, nurses, allied health professionals and Local Health District staff to:

  • Discuss and strategise approaches to overcoming the practical challenges of adopting best practice guidelines for chronic spinal pain; and
  • Facilitate the collaborative implementation of cease-and-wean plans and other de-prescribing strategies.

Learning Outcomes

By attending this workshop, participants will have increased their confidence, knowledge and skills to enable them to:

  • Identify alternatives to the use of opioids in the management of acute or chronic pain.
  • Identify potential red and yellow flags in chronic spinal pain.
  • Identify when imaging is appropriate for chronic spinal pain.
  • Effective communication to reduce fear of movement and empower self-management.

Schedule

5:30pm – Registration, Networking & Dinner
6:00pm – Workshop commences
8:30pm – Close

Clinical Society: Head & Neck Pain (Coffs Harbour)

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Overview

“Alice, a 58-year old female presents to your clinic with acute onset of pain on the left side of her face. This is on a background of chronic neck pain and headaches. She takes Suboxone 16mg daily (opiate replacement therapy) to manage her opiate dependence. Alice is requesting your assistance to help with her acute pain.”

Pain in the head and neck can be diagnostically difficult as well as complex in management. It is a common presentation to many primary health providers. It is also a common reason for referral to medical specialists.

This new style of workshop will be:

  • Highly interactive with no PowerPoint
  • Multi-disciplinary with opportunities for networking to enhance team based care
  • Innovative in style and delivery.

It is recommended for any health professional who works within this domain (GPs, pharmacists, dentists, physiotherapists, occupational therapists, exercise physiologists, optometrists and psychologists).

Learning Outcomes

By attending this workshop, participants will have increased their confidence, knowledge and skills to enable them to:

  • Develop a step wise approach towards the diagnosis of head and neck pain
  • Recognise red flags that may warrant urgent intervention for head and neck pain
  • Identify local interdisciplinary team members who may be able to assist with the diagnosis and management of this condition
  • Explain current options for head and neck pain management
  • Reflect on current work practices that may need to change following the session.

Schedule

5:30pm – Registration, Networking & Dinner

6:00pm – Workshop commences

8:30pm – Close

Clinical Society: Joint Solutions (Tweed Heads)

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Overview

Nearly one in five Australians has arthritis and most of them have osteoarthritis (OA), which affects more than a quarter of all people over 65.

In 2007, Australian health system expenditure for OA was $2 billion.

As the population ages and the prevalence of obesity and joint injury increases, OA will place an increasing burden on individuals, health systems and the community.

Come along to this interactive event which brings together GPs, specialists, nurses, allied health professionals and Local Health District staff to:

  • Learn about best practice treatment for the management of OA in hip and knees.
  • Network and share experiences with others.

Special Guest

Dr Sateesh Shankaranyah, Rheumatologist, will be in attendance to discuss DMARDS.

Learning Outcomes

By attending this workshop, participants will have increased their confidence, knowledge and skills to enable them to:

  • Utilise current RACGP guidelines to initiate assessment and management of patients with OA knee and hip in their practice.
  • Dispel myths associated with OA management.
  • Refer appropriately to local specialists for consideration of biologic DMARDS.
  • Monitor patients using biological DMARDS, including being aware of potential complications from their use.

Schedule

5:30pm – Registration, Networking & Dinner

6:00pm – Workshop commences

8:30pm – Close