Upcoming Seminars

Pain Education Melbourne’

Monday 8th January 7:30 pm 

This 3 hour workshop will cover thebasics of delivering pain education in a clinical setting.  It will also look at how to structure a rehabilitation plan for patients with reference to the individual nature of their goals.

Cost:$100, Limited to 10 people

Venue: Brighton Spinal Group, 441 Bay St, Brighton

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

Motivational Interviewing and CognitiveBehavioral Therapy for Treating Pain – Calgary, Canada. 

Feb 3rd and 4th, 2018

Develop skills and a better understanding around:

  • What are Cognitive Behavioural Therapy approaches and Acceptance and Commitment Therapy approaches and how are they utilized in the treatment of people in pain?
  • What does the literature tell us about these approaches?
  • Understand how you can integrate some of the essence of these approaches to improve communicationwith patients, with reference to your scope of practice.
  • What is Motivational Interviewing and how can we learn to create behaviour change in our patients using some of these techniques?
  • What does the integration of all of these techniques look like in the clinic – how do I get comfortable using these communication tools – some practical exercises.





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.


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.