2019 National Myotherapy Conference
Sunday 3rd March 2019
MA are proud to have hosted the Nation's best Myotherapy Specific Conference
Better Practice - Sustainability: what does this look like today?
MA were the proud hosts of a fabulous line-up of international, national and local speakers presenting on topics of clinical and business expertise. Our audience enjoyed learning from a range of highly respected speakers that brought to the stage the latest in evidence-based research and practice to better understand and implement business and clinical applications.
MARK YOUR DIARIES AS WE PLAN TO BRING YOU ANOTHER FANTASTIC CONFERENCE IN 2020:
SUNDAY MAY 17th
MA Annual General Meeting 2018 - event review
Event held on: Monday 8th October 2018 (7:30 pm – 9:30 pm)
Venue: North Fitzroy Library, Bargoonga Nganjin Community Room, 182-186 St Georges Road, North Fitzroy, VIC 3068
Welcome to this years Myotherapy Association Australia (MA) AGM.
We thank all of those that joined us at this years AGM, and for the first time welcomed those that were able to join us remotely. The event saw its largest number of members in attendance, as we welcomed our new President, Mr Steve Anastasopolous who graciously thanked and farewelled retiring Board Members Nicholas Steward, Lisa Fiddes and Neil Eager and welcomed new members Jocelyn Hepburn, Deanna Norris and Elise Palmer.
Our CEO Anna Yerondais referred to her report within the 2018 Annual Reports, which celebrates a number of highlights seen from the Association and discussed the many initiatives projected for the coming years that will actively work towards further growth of the Association, greater advocacy for the Myotherapy profession and increased benefits for our members.
As always, a sincere thanks is extended to our Board, subcommittee and staff members, and to our Association Membership for their ongoing loyalty and contribution.
ARE YOU INTERESTED IN BECOMING A BOARD MEMBER: Download a Nomination Form if you'd like to become a Board Member and be involved as an integral influence in the role which ensures the direction of the association and the profession. Your application must be submitted to [email protected] OR you may choose, with the member's consent, to nominate another member for a board position.
SAVE THE DATE:
Our Next AGM (2019) will be held on Tuesday 8th October 7:30pm (Melbourne, venue to be confirmed)
2018 National Myotherapy Conference - 18th March 2018
A Mindful Practice: Understanding the Mind/Body Connection
The 2018 National Myotherapy Conference was the most comprehensive Myotherapy and Musculoskeletal health event of 2018, bringing together the greatest number of myotherapists at the one event in Australia.
This was Australia’s only Myotherapy specific conference. The 2018 National Myotherapy Conference built on the success of previous conferences by engaging over 250 Myotherapists and other allied health professionals.
Delegates were invited to mix with a range of allied health professionals and a host of quality presenters, practitioners and researchers.
Conference topics included: The Science of Pain, Mind and Body; The Management of Mind Body Pain and Perception; Orofacial Pain; Assessing Pain in Children and Adolescents; Interpersonal neuroscience; Finding the right Pain Specialist; Mindfulness for resilience and performance, The battle between the drug and the herb, and more!
2017 Myotherapy Association National Conference
Current Issues in Musculoskeletal pain: Building success in patient centred practice
According to reports received on the day and after from delegates, presenters and sponsors alike, MA's recent National Conference "Current Issues in Musculoskeletal Pain: Building success in patient-centred practice" was one of the best our profession has ever seen, with over 250 practitioners in attendance. The conference program comprised two broad streams, 'clinical approaches to musculoskeletal pain' and 'business challenges', which in combination were curated by MA's conference committee to inspire myotherapists and related allied health practitioners to work towards excellence in patient-centred care. The day featured a very full program with eleven hours of high quality presentations, delivered by eight invited presenters. The day included two plenary sessions and a panel discussion chaired by former Victorian Health Services Commissioner Beth Wilson AM, plus four separate concurrent sessions, each with two different options to choose from, one focusing on clinical practice and the other on the more business-oriented aspects of running a successful practice. Presenters included local, interstate and international leaders in their fields, some of whom joined us from as far afield as Christchurch, New Zealand and Portland, Oregon (US). Presenters weren't the only ones who arrived by air, some of our delegates also travelled a considerable distance to attend, including contingents from NSW, Queensland and the Northern Territory.
The program commenced with an opening plenary featuring our international keynote speaker Dr Bronnie Lennox Thompson from Christchurch's University who highlighted the importance of addressing psychosocial factors in the management of musculoskeletal pain. In the morning sessions which followed, Alison Sim and Dr Karen Lucas provided insights into use of 'flags' to identify risk factors for pain chronicity and current research into clinical options for managing whiplash presentations. In the main auditorium, Beth Wilson AM provided valuable insights into dealing with patient complaints successfully, preceded by Dr Mark Merolli who highlighted the importance of social media as a key tool for allied health practitioners to use and embrace.
The afternoon's sessions commenced with the second plenary of the day, given by keynote presenter Tony Hardy who spoke about the importance of branding for myotherapists and related allied health professionals. The afternoon's concurrent sessions included a workshop/problem-solving session on branding for clinics with Tony Hardy, a dynamic session on exercise prescription lead by Queensland-based physiotherapist Wayne Rodgers, an inspiring talk on leadership and the importance of developing good management habits from Grant Sexton, and an invited presentation by Bronnie, this time on fear-avoidance in musculoskeletal pain presentations and new research about how to address it successfully.
The final session of the conference, and one of the many highlights of the day, was a 'hypothetical' style panel discussion brilliantly chaired by lawyer Beth Wilson AM, featuring Bronnie, Alison, Grant and Karen together with Tim Trevail from Southern School of Natural Therapies. Beth's razor sharp comic timing simultaneously had conference delegates in stitches and the panel on their toes, as she picked the eyes out of the key themes of the day, presenting them to the panelists in turn to emphasise the symbiotic relationship between sound ethical practice management and evidence-based decision-making as key determinants of personal and professional success for myotherapists to uphold in their approach to musculoskeletal pain.