Frequently Asked Questions
The upper limb and lower limb retraining workshops require 3 days to cover the content. We no longer offer these workshops over 2 days (or 1 day).
The balance retraining workshop is run over 2 days.
The only 1-day workshop is the “1000 reps a day: Strategies to increase intensity of practice in rehabilitation”.
The balance retraining and ‘1000 reps a day’ workshops are relevant for therapists who work with rehabilitation populations including stroke and older people.
Yes, for most workshops therapists will be asked to prepare by doing some analysis tasks or pre-reading, to help introduce topics and content covered on Day 1.
The pre-reading and homework materials are available free of charge for the upper limb retraining workshop on this website (see “Resources’ at the bottom of the home page). Organisers ask registrants to access these materials a few weeks before the workshop.
For other workshops, pre-reading materials are emailed to organisers and participants in advance.
Usually up to 24 occupational therapists, physiotherapists and therapy assistants can register and attend. New graduates and experienced therapists are all welcome to attend, in addition to student therapists. The pre-reading materials introduce content and help therapists prepare for Day 1.
Yes, you need insurance in order to work with stroke survivors during the clinical sessions – the workshops are practical. In Australia, all AHPRA registered occupational therapists and physiotherapists have to to declare and sign annually, that they have some type of professional indemnity insurance when renewing their registration. Therefore, most therapists will already have insurance, either privately or through their employer.
Overseas therapists are increasingly being asked by host hospitals to provide evidence of professional indemnity insurance, or may be required to observe only (not treat patients) during the practical/clinical sessions.
Student therapists in Australia who wish to attend may also be asked to provide evidence of their AHPRA student registration.
Some host sites/health services require therapists to sign a document confirming their professional indemnity insurance status, and/or require evidence of vaccinations/immunisation.
About 12 months ahead is preferred, partly to obtain management approvals but also because other workshops will already be scheduled for 6-12 months ahead.
Presenter fees for 2020 (Australia only, face-to-face):
A 3-day workshop (UL and LL retraining) with 2 presenters @ $3,500 each = AUD $7,000 total.
A 2-day workshop (balance retraining) with 2 presenters @ $3,000 each = AUD $6,000 total
A 1-day workshop (1000 reps & coaching skills) with a single presenter @ $1,500 = AUD $1,500 total, with two presenters (preferred) @ $1500 each = AUD $3,000 total
Organisers from low-income countries are encouraged to contact us and discuss reduced fees if necessary, to enable a workshop to be offered in their country.
Accommodation and travel (airfare and taxi/car rental) costs need to be budgeted for venues outside Sydney (there are usually minimal travel costs in Sydney, such as taxi fares or car rental).
Air or train travel arrangements are usually booked and paid for by local organisers for non-Sydney workshops.
Other costs to include in the budget: printing of the workshop manuals (some therapists prefer a digital copy which can reduce costs), catering, venue rental, gifts for stroke survivors who participate in the workshop.
Yes – most workshops involve at least 6 stroke survivors (or adults with reduced balance) for 2 hours each day, where therapists apply evidence-based training ideas. People with stroke/reduced balance may be an inpatient or an out-patient. They may come alone or with their relatives. Each stroke survivor will be given practice to undertake overnight and their performance and goal achievement will be reviewed the following day.
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