Upcoming Seminars


Pain Science 101

Della Buttigieg


Wednesday 28th March, 7:30pm – 9:30pm

Brighton Spinal and Sports Clinic

441 Bay St Brighton


$40 full time students


Want the low down on all things pain science delivered by one of Melbourne’s  cleverest clinically orientated neuroscience gals?  Join us for an evening of the basics and what they mean for you in the clinic.  Great for a refresher or people new to pain science.  It will cover:

  • The neuroscience of pain
  • Why does acute pain become chronic
  • What does the evidence tell us about this transition and how we can prevent it
  • How can we reverse some of these changes in the nervous system
  • What does it mean in the clinic


Exercise for Chronic Pain 

Nick Efthimiou

Wednesday 18th April, 2018

7:30pm -9:30pm

Brighton Spine and Sports Clinic

441 Bay St, Brighton



In recent years, there has been a large body of evidence suggesting that an active approach to treating people with chronic pain is superior to using passive modalities. For many clinicians, this has lead to an increased utilisation of exercise as a therapeutic intervention in the management of chronic pain. However there is a still a lot of confusion about what exercise does and doesn’t do for sufferers of chronic pain, when and how to implement therapeutic exercise appropriately and whether it actually works.

This seminar will cover:

•A literature review of relevant research covering efficacy and effectiveness of exercise for chronic pain

•An overview of the main mechanisms which exercise is likely to affect chronic pain

•How to implement therapeutic exercise into your clinical practice, particularly if you don’t have access to exercise facilities on site

The Presenter: Nick Efthimiou is an osteopath and personal trainer with a clinical interest in both chronic pain and therapeutic exercise. Graduating from Victoria University in 2011, he has worked in practices in both Melbourne, Australia and Canada. For the last 3 years he has been operating a solo practice based within a gym, where he primarily worked with sufferers of chronic pain utilising a combination of education, manual, cognitive/behavioural and exercise based therapies. In 2017 he compiled and conducted a series of rehabilitation workshops, focusing on using kettlebells as the primary equipment, and has been involved in teaching manual therapy at Victoria University. He is currently practising at Coburg Osteopathy and Health Services.



Case Studies and Cab Sav

Join Alison Sim for an evening of clinical discussions using case studies as a platform for learning.  The good the bad and the ugly – when things go right, why did that happen?  When they go wrong, what went wrong and what might we do differently next time?  How do we use the tricks and tools that pain science teaches us in different scenarios?

Maximum 14 people

Tuesday May 1st, 2018 


Brighton Spinal and Sports Clinic 

441 Bay St Brighton 

$55 including GST 

To book : https://www.trybooking.com/VAGJ



Pelvic Health for the Non-Pelvic Health Practitioner

With Dr Sarah Haag (USA)

The world of pelvic health can seem intimidating to people experiencing bowel, bladder, pelvic pain or sexual issues, as well as to healthcare practitioners who would like to help!  Considering the high prevalence of issues like urinary incontinence, pelvic pain, and pelvic organ prolapse, and the large impact on quality of life these issues have, it’s unacceptable to ignore that many of these issues can be addressed with conservative care.

It is a common misconception that ‘pelvic health’ or ‘women’s health’ is a specialty niche practice available only to experts, and involves specialized equipment and invasive exams. In this two-day course, participants will learn about common pelvic/women’s health issues, how and when to ask about those issues, assessment and interventions supported by current evidence, and when to refer to another practitioner.  All assessments will be ‘pants on’, but the pros and cons of intravaginal and intrarectal exams will be described and discussed.

Topics to be covered:

  • Urinary incontinence
  • Pelvic Pain
  • Diastasis Recti
  • Musculoskeletal issues during Pregnancy
  • Pelvic floor dysfunction
  • Bowel issues
  • How to assess the evidence when choosing an intervention


Date: 26th and 27th May, 2018

Venue: Australian Catholic University,

115 Victoria Pde, Fitzroy

Cost: $400

To book:  https://www.trybooking.com/RVVU

About the presenter

Dr Sarah Haag graduated from Marquette University, USA,  in 2002 with a Master’s of Physical Therapy.. Sarah was awarded the Certificate of Achievement in Pelvic Physical Therapy (CAPP) from the Section on Women’s Health. She went on to get her Doctorate of Physical Therapy and Masters of Science in Women’s Health from Rosalind Franklin University in 2008. In 2009 she was awarded a Board Certification as a specialist in women’s health (WCS). Sarah also completed a Certification in Mechanical Diagnosis Therapy from the Mckenzie Institute in 2010.

Sarah looks at education, and a better understanding of the latest evidence in the field of physical therapy, as the best way to help people learn about their conditions, and to help people learn to take care of themselves throughout the life span.

Pain Education 

Alison Sim

This three hour evening seminar will cover the basics of delivering pain education material to patients in the clinic. It will also look at ways to involve the patient’s goals and expectations in the way you plan a rehabilitation program.

Limited to 10 participants

July 18th, 7:30pm – 10:30pm

Brighton Spinal and Sports clinic

441 Bay St, Brighton







Is your practice as evidence based as you think?

Whether you a starting out and building your practice, or you have an established clinic, times are changing in healthcare.

As healthcare costs increase due to an aging population, insurance companies, governments and even patients will become more selective about where they spend their limited healthcare resources. Demand will only increase for evidence based interventions, which will create a gap between  professionals who demonstrate evidence based practice and those who don’t.

While some practitioners push back against evidence based practice based on their own experience of maintaining a full list and “getting results”, the best practitioners are using a seamless blend of best practice evidence with their own accumulated knowledge and experience to deliver consistent outcomes for painful presentations.

Integrating an evidence based framework into your practice allows you to ensure you are delivering optimal treatment to all your patients and removes much of the “guesswork” involved in relying on experience to tell you what “worked” before and hoping it will work again. In an increasingly competitive health market, this becomes a point of difference.
Evidence keeps growing at a rapid pace for all kinds of conditions encountered on daily basis by manual and physical therapists including (but not limited to):

•Low back pain

•Neck pain

•Shoulder pain





With an increasing depth of knowledge on each topic comes an additional layer of complexity in practice that can be hard to integrate when you are busy consulting with patients and/or managing a business.

This is not just opinion.

A recent Cochrane Review including 41 RCTs found that “Patients with chronic LBP receiving Multi-disciplinary Biopsychosocial Rehabilitation are likely to experience less pain and disability than those receiving usual care or a physical treatment.”

That review looked at a total of 6128 studies to find those 41 high quality trials. That is a lot of research to be covered.  And that’s just low back pain.

Fortunately, there are some common themes that emerge for all conditions, which can be simplified into a principle based approach blending all three pillars of evidence based healthcare.

From Research to Practice, presented by osteopaths Alison Sim, Della Buttigieg and Nick Efthimiou will take you through a full day of clinical reasoning delivered through a combination of lectures, practical demonstrations and interactive discussions.

The day will cover the 4 key areas of a consultation performed by a typical therapist:

1 Evidence based history taking: active listening and building the therapeutic alliance (Alison)

2 A pain science approach to physical examination and functional assessment (Della)

3  A modern take on manual therapy: making sense of the evidence using a process approach (Nick)

4 Management: evidence based patient management, from rehab to rebooking (Combined)


Sunday 12 August, 2018


Brighton Spinal and Sports Clinic

441 Bay St Brighton

$400 including GST

To book: https://www.trybooking.com/UZPR


Headaches and migraines, Singapore

Presenter: Alison Sim

This four hour seminar is designed to help clinicians better understand the science behind chronic headaches and migraines and how to integrate this information into clinical practice.

The seminar will cover:

  • Classifications of headaches – why is it important to understand the different types of    headaches
  • Pain pathophysiology and the transition from acute to chronic conditions
  • Medication options for treatment – an overview
  • A comprehensive and up to date literature review of headache and migraine
    treatment approaches
  • How to incorporate this information to build a comprehensive management
    approach for patients
  • Practical demonstrations for manual therapy approaches
    This seminar is open to all manual and exercise therapists dealing with patients in pain.

This is limited to 10 participants

Cost:   $120 AUD

Date:   Sunday 21st October

4pm – 8pm

Venue:  Shangrila Apartments

1 Anderson Road

Singapore, 259983

To book:   https://www.trybooking.com/TZSY