Upper Limb Retraining (F2F), Brighton QLD

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* FULLY SUBSCRIBED  with a waiting list

A 3-day practical workshop for occupational therapists, physiotherapists and allied health assistants.

Presenters: Annie McCluskey, occupational therapist and Karl Schurr, physiotherapist, The StrokeEd Collaboration, Australia

Website information: https://strokeed.com/about-workshops/evidence-based-upper-limb-retraining/

About the Presenters: https://strokeed.com/presenters/

Learning objectives: By the end of the 3 days, participants will be able to:

  • Name the essential components of normal reach and manipulation
  • Recognise common compensations when observing stroke survivors attempting to grasp objects, and explain how to minimise compensatory strategies
  • Name and discuss factors thought to contribute to the development of muscle overactivity, spasticity and stiffness, and intervention strategies to help minimise these secondary problems
  • Explain the relationship and differences between overactivity, spasticity, muscle length changes and stiffness, missing essential components and compensations
  • Plan and conduct an assessment and training session with a stroke survivor using motor learning principles and task-specific practice
  • Discuss factors which affect motor learning, and can be modified to enhance learning and increase client practice
  • Use an electrical stimulation machine to stimulate upper limb muscles.
  • Discuss current evidence for constraint-induced movement therapy, mental practice, mirror box therapy and electrical stimulation for improving upper limb motor recovery

Pre-requisites: AHPRA registration. Suitable for students, recent graduates and experienced clinicians.

Vaccination:  Proof of at least two COVID-19 vaccinations (in line with QH guidelines) to enter the health facility and attend the workshop

Number of registrants: Limited to 24 therapists because there are clinical sessions involving 8 stroke survivors and small groups of 3 therapists. The workshop presenters assist teams of therapists to assess and establish a training program for the 8 stroke survivors.

Pre-reading & homework: will be available from the StrokeEd website. Therapists are asked to start preparing 4-6 weeks before the event. Allow several hours for the homework. Pre-reading includes a book chapter and some analysis tasks. .

Workshop manual including the PowerPoint slides and worksheets will be provided in both PDF and hard (printed) copy.

Registration Fee (payable to the host site organisers) = $935 ($850 + $85 GST))

Enquiries and registration: Sarah Fitzhe​nry, Specialist Neurological Physiotherapist/ Advanced Physiotherapist
Brighton Rehabilitation Unit – Allied Health  – email: sarah.fitzhenry@health.qld.gov.au 

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