Keynote Speakers

Professor Lorimer Moseley

Lorimer is Professor of Clinical Neurosciences & Foundation Chair in Physiotherapy at the University of South Australia. He is Senior Principal Research Fellow at Neuroscience Research Australia and an NHMRC Principal Research Fellow.

He has published 250 articles, which have been read over 40,000 times on Researchgate alone.

He won the NHMRC Prize for Innovation and Potential Transformation, was runner-up in the Science Minister’s Prize for Life Sciences and has been honoured for his contribution to pain understanding and rehabilitation by national societies on every continent. He leads the Body in Mind research group and is Chief Editor of BodyinMind.org, the most influential web/social media presence in clinical pain sciences internationally.

Professor Francis Keefe

Dr. Keefe is a Professor in the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences and a member of the Cancer Prevention, Detection, and Control Program of the Duke Comprehensive Cancer Center.

Dr. Keefe is Director of the Duke Pain Prevention and Treatment Research Program, an active clinical research program concerned with the behavioral assessment and treatment of patients having acute and persistent pain.

Dr. Keefe played a key role in the development of clinical pain services and pain research programs at Duke Medical Center.  For 20 years he directed the Pain Management Program and was a leader in the development of Duke Medical Center’s multidisciplinary pain programs (both out-patient and in-patient.)  Dr. Keefe has developed and refined a number of treatment protocols for persistent pain conditions (e.g. cancer, arthritis) including pain coping skills training protocols, protocols to enhance emotional disclosure, spouse- and partner-assisted pain coping skills training interventions and yoga and meditation-based pain management interventions.  Dr. Keefe has published over 370 papers, as well as 63 book chapters, and 3 books on topics ranging from pain during mammography to the assessment of disease-related pain in older adults.  In recognition of his research achievements, he was named the 2012 recipient of the John D. Loeser Award from the International Association for the Study of Pain.  Dr. Keefe is the Editor in Chief of the leading international journal in the pain research area, PAIN.

Professor Keefe’s Keynote presentation “Training people to cope with persistent pain: new opportunities and emerging issues” provides an overview and critical update on the research on how people cope with pain.  Key future directions to be highlighted include internet-based pain coping skills interventions, home-based virtual reality protocols, and the use of electronic diaries to aid clinicians in understanding how pain coping efforts relate to pain, psychological distress, and physical disability and using this information to tailor pain treatment.

Laurent Malisoux, PhD

Sports and physical activity have always taken a central place in my life, on both personal and professional levels. The main reason is the strong relationship between physical activity, health and well-being.

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I studied Sports and Physical Education at the Université Catholique de Louvain in Belgium. I did my PhD in muscle physiology. The aim of the project was to investigate the impact of training and unloading on contractile properties of single human muscle fibres.

Then I moved to Switzerland to work for a private company specialised in human performance evaluation, training and rehabilitation. However, after a few years, I started missing research. I got a grant in Luxembourg for a post-doc project on injury prevention in youth sport. The choice of the topic was based on my expertise in sports, training and follow-up of athletes to optimise their return-to-sport after an injury. During my post-doc, I also provided some help in the analysis of data from the first prospective study carried out in our lab in runners. Between 2012 and 2015, we set up 3 randomised controlled trials with long-term follow-up on the effect of specific shoe features on injury risk in leisure-time runners.

Sports Medicine Research Laboratory, Luxembourg Institute of Health.

Dr Malisoux’s Keynote presentation “Running Footwear: does the choice realy matter?” … The incidence of running injury is high. Unfortunately, there is little evidence on interventions to prevent running injuries. Can running shoes decrease injury risk? Which shoe feature really matters? Some recent studies have shed new light on the topic.


Invited Speakers

Professor Kay Crossley

Professor Crossley is the Director of the La Trobe Sport and Exercise Medicine Research Centre. Her main research focus is on the prevention and management of patellofemoral pain and early-onset osteoarthritis after sports-related injuries. She is a physiotherapist with many years of experience in clinical sports physiotherapy.

Dr Michael Fahey 

Dr Michael Fahey is a paediatric neurologist and clinical geneticist from Melbourne, Australia.  He is Associate Professor at Monash University, Faculty of Medicine in the Department of Paediatrics.

He is the neurologist for the Victorian Paediatric Rehabilitation Service; a multi-disciplinary diagnostic and treatment team based in the south east of Melbourne.  In addition, he is the Head of Paediatric Neurology and Director of Neurogenetics at Monash Health.

As an active clinician researcher Dr Fahey is passionate about early detection, treatment, and cure of Cerebral Palsy.  He is Chief Investigator in several NHNMRC, NIH, and Gates Foundation funded grants exploring avenues for neuro protection in the developed and developing world.  These include antenatal, postnatal drug therapies as well as stem cell therapies.

He has a strong teaching role at both undergraduate and postgraduate levels and is an examiner for the Royal Australasian College of Physicians.

Dr Fahey graduated from Monash University with Honours and a PhD from the University of Melbourne with a thesis on accurate measurement of neurological disease.  He is a Fellow of the Royal Australasian College of Physicians with specialist qualifications in paediatrics, genetics and neurology.

Dr Timothy Gray

Dr Timothy Gray is an Infectious Disease Physician and Microbiologist working at Concord Hospital in Sydney where he provides a clinical and diagnostic service. He has an appointment with the University of Sydney as a Clinical Senior Lecturer.

He obtained his Medical Science degree in 1998 and his Graduate Medical degree at the University of Sydney in 2003. Subsequently he was awarded a Masters of Public Health and Tropical Medicine through James Cook University. He received his FRACP and FRCPA in 2015.

He is a member of the Australasian Society of Infectious Diseases as well as the Australian Society for Antimicrobials. He has an interest in antimicrobial resistance and a significant part of his work is promoting the judicious and rational use of antibiotics. He also has an interest in the diagnosis and management of clinical infectious diseases, including in resource poor settings. He is experienced in disaster response medicine and has been awarded the Humanitarian Overseas Service Medal for this work.

The summaries for Dr Timothy Gray’s two talks are as follows.

Addressing Antibiotic Resistance – Preserving the Miracle
The introduction of antibiotics into medical practice has been one of the great medical advances of the last century. As bacterial resistance has emerged there have been new antibiotic agents developed and marketed but now the antibiotic pipeline is dry. A crisis has emerged with multiresistant organisms causing infection, some of which have become untreatable with antibiotics. This presentation will look at the history of antibiotics use, the emergence of resistance and what we all can do to preserve the miracle of antibiotics.

A Potpourri of Lower Limb Infections
Infections of the foot can be caused by a wide range of organisms including bacterial, fungal and parasitic agents. This case based presentation will look at some common and unusual causes of foot infections.

Philip Helliwell PhD, DM, FRCP

Philip Helliwell is currently Senior Lecturer in Rheumatology at the University of Leeds, in the UK, and Honorary Consultant Rheumatologist for the Bradford Hospitals NHS Trust.

Previous and current appointments include: Member of NHS R&D Research Committee on Physical and Complex Disabilities, Member of the Executive Council, Centre for Biomechanics and Medical Engineering; Treasurer and Member of Executive Committee, Society for Back Pain Research; Member of Education Committee, Arthritis Research Campaign; and Editor for the ARC Patient Information Leaflets and Convener Publications Working Group, Member of the Heberden Committee, at the British Society for Rheumatology, Member of Council at the British Society for Rheumatology

Dr Helliwell is a member of ASAS (Assessment of Spondyloarthropathy Society) and co-founder and President of the Group for Research and Assessment of Psoriasis and Psoriatic arthritis (GRAPPA). He has worked with GRAPPA in developing single and composite outcome measures in psoriatic arthritis and has just completed the first treat to target study in early psoriatic arthritis.

Dr Helliwell is co-founder and co-lead for the Bradford (University) Diploma in Rheumatology and Musculoskeletal Medicine and is an active member of the Bradford and Airedale Musculoskeletal Alliance, a tier 2 service provided to GPs in the designated geographical area.

Dr Helliwell is co-founder of the Leeds foot and ankle  studies group and has published widely on foot and ankle problems in inflammatory arthritis including rheumatoid arthritis, ankylosing spondylitis and psoriatic arthritis. He has contributed to several guidelines on management of foot and ankle problems and leads the current EULAR recommendations group.

Current and past research: treatment paradigms, clinical features and classification of psoriatic arthritis; treatment paradigms in psoriatic arthritis; biomechanics of joints, gait assessment and foot disorders in inflammatory and non-inflammatory arthritis, epidemiology of rheumatic disease and community based studies of psoriasis and psoriatic arthritis.

Dr Helliwell’s Keynote presentation “Bringing clinical science to disorders of the foot and ankle” … Rheumatology has neglected foot disorders, in part because of the complexity of structural and inflammatory processes, but improvements in mechanical assessment and imaging have produced insights and therapeutic possibilities.

His workshop with Debbie Turner plans to explore the manifestations and treatments of the foot in spondyloarthropathy.

Sue Mayes

Sue Mayes has been the Principal Physiotherapist of The Australian Ballet since 1997.

She manages the medical department of The Australian Ballet and treats the diverse injuries of the professional ballet dancer, as well as musicians of Orchestra Victoria. She has been a collaborator or co-investigator in several ballet-related research projects. She is currently researching the hip and ankle/subtalar joint injury in ballet dancers and athletes, and has submitted her PhD. Susan regularly presents nationally and internationally on hip and ankle/foot injuries.
Sue Maye’s workshop “Chronic subtala joint instability: a clinic perspective” … Subtalar joint (STJ) instability can be an underlying source of pain and swelling in the ankle/foot region. Clinical findings of chronic STJ instability will be presented and key injury management and rehabilitation exercises demonstrated.

Dr Shannon Munteanu

Dr Munteanu, BPod(Hons), PhD, is a Senior Lecturer and Head of Discipline (Podiatry) at La Trobe University, Melbourne. His research interests include identifying aetiological factors and effective interventions for disorders of the foot and ankle including osteoarthritis and Achilles tendinopathy.

Dr Munteanu has authored more than 50 peer-reviewed scientific journal articles, 3 editorials and 4 book chapters. Dr Munteanu has published in high impact journals in the field of rheumatology including Annals of the Rheumatic Diseases, Arthritis & Rheumatism, Arthritis Care & Research, Rheumatology, and Osteoarthritis & Cartilage. He has served on the editorial board of the Journal of Foot and Ankle Research and is currently is a member of the editorial board of the prestigious journal Arthritis Care & Research.  He has been successful in obtaining $1.2 million in competitive research funding that includes 2 National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC) project grants.

Dr Verity Pacey 

Dr Verity Pacey is senior physiotherapist at The Children’s Hospital at Westmead and Lecturer in Physiotherapy at Macquarie University.

She has over 10 years paediatric physiotherapy clinical experience during which time she has specialised in the physiotherapy management of children with connective tissue disorders with a particular focus on the management of paediatric bone health and generalised joint hypermobility and related symptoms. Verity holds a Bachelor of Applied Science from the University of Sydney, a Graduate Certificate in Sports Physiotherapy from La Trobe University and PhD from the University of Sydney.  Her ongoing research is directed at providing a better understanding of the impact of connective tissue disorders on the daily life of children, and identifying the most effective ways to increase physical activity and manage associated symptoms.
Dr Pacey’s workshop will provide hands-on opportunities to learn and practice physical assessments useful when seeing children and adults with generalized joint hypermobility. Key subjective clinical questions will also be discussed.


Guest Speaker

Dylan Alcott OAM

Dylan Alcott OAM, is one of Australia’s most successful and well recognized Paralympians, who at the Rio Paralympics Games became one of only a few athletes to win two gold medals in two different sports across two different games.

At the age of 17, Dylan became the youngest ever wheelchair basketball gold medallist at the 2008 Paralympic Games in Beijing and after gold at the 2010 world championship, and silver at the London Paralympics, he decided to switch sports to wheelchair tennis. He went on to win gold medals in both the wheelchair tennis singles and doubles at the 2016 Rio Paralympics. And if that’s not enough, in 2017 Dylan won his third consecutive Australian Open quad wheelchair title. Born with a tumour wrapped around his spinal cord Dylan survived a three-year battle to live and has been achieving ever since. He is honoured to have received an OAM in 2009 at the age of 18 and is currently an ambassador for Variety and The Starlight Foundation. Dylan is an outstanding Motivational Speaker who has rapped on stage with the Wu Tang Clan, which went viral and has also set a trend for wheelchair crowd-surfing at Australia’s biggest music festivals.


Workshop Presenters

Dr Christian Barton

Dr Christian Barton is a physiotherapist who specialises in the management of chronic knee pain. He completed his PhD focusing on Patellofemoral Pain, Biomechanics and Foot Orthoses in 2010. Dr Barton’s broad research disciplines are biomechanics, running-related injury, knee pathology, tendinopathy, and rehabilitation, with a particular focus on research translation.

Dr Barton is a post-doctoral researcher at La Trobe University’s Sport and Exercise Medicine Research Centre, has published over 40 papers in Sports Medicine, Rehabilitation and Biomechanics journals, and is the lead author for the ‘Clinical Aspects of Biomechanics and Sporting Injuries’ chapter in Brukner and Khan’s ‘Clinical Sports Medicine’ book. Additionally, he is an Associate Editor for the British Journal of Sports Medicine and Physical Therapy in Sport.

Daniel Bonanno

Daniel is a Lecturer in the Discipline of Podiatry at La Trobe University and he has more than 10 years of clinical, teaching and research experience. He completed his Bachelor of Podiatry and Post Graduate Diploma of Research Methodology at La Trobe University in 2000 and 2010, respectively.

He is currently enrolled in a PhD which is focussing on foot orthoses for the prevention of injury. His teaching and research is focused on the biomechanical and clinical effects of foot orthoses, walking and running biomechanics and the prevention and management of lower extremity injuries.

Simone Crannage

Simone works part time across the public and private sectors, her public sector role involves paediatric multidisciplinary assessment. Simone’s first publication in the Journal of Foot and Ankle Research is changing paediatric assessment  “GALLOP”.

Simone has started the journey to become a Credentialed Paediatric Podiatrist through the APodC Career framework. Simone is currently the chair of the Paediatric Special interest group for the Australian Podiatry Association (Vic). She has been an active member of the group since graduating and has completed numerous presentations in this time. Simone recently received the inaugural Allied Health Publication award at Peninsula Health Service for her research into Paediatric Assessment.

Dr Chris Jalilian

Dr Chris Jalilian is a Fellow of the Australasian College of Dermatologists. He completed his training at various hospitals and clinics in Victoria including The Alfred hospital and the associated Victorian Melanoma Service, Monash Medical Centre, St Vincent’s hospital, Peter MacCallum Cancer Centre and the Skin and Cancer Foundation.

During his training, Dr Jalilian has published in both national and international peer-reviewed journals including the British Journal of Dermatology describing the dermoscopic characteristics of Merkel Cell Carcinoma. In addition to his private practice, Dr Jalilian serves as a consultant dermatologist at Monash Medical Centre, Clayton and at the Skin & Cancer Foundation, Carlton, where he consults in the high risk melanoma clinic. Chris is also involved in running skin cancer workshops at Monash University in conjunction with the Skin & Cancer Foundation. 

Dr Jalilian’s workshop ‘Dermatoscope use for suspect skin lesions’ will introduce the concept of dermoscopy and delegates will learn about the different dermoscopic patterns of benign and malignant lesions including red flags that should prompt immediate referral.

Alicia James

Alicia has become over the years an active member of the profession, recently achieving her credentialed level in the area of Paediatrics through APodC career framework.

Alicia has been providing workshops in the area of paediatric assessment, and more recently turned her focus to supervision and mentoring. Alicia has worked in multidisciplinary clinics alongside physiotherapists, assessing and treating paediatric foot and lower leg conditions. Alicia is currently a PhD candidate with Monash University and is in the final stage of investigating treatment options for heel pain in children.
Join Alicia and Simone in an interactive assessment workshop. This workshop will ensure you have the most recent evidence based assessments in clinic.
Utilising the GALLOP proforma this session will enable you to recognise the REDFLAGS and enable further assessment, treatment or referral that best fits the individual paediatric patient presenting to you!

Rachel Kennedy  

Rachel Kennedy graduated as a physiotherapist from La Trobe University in 1993 and has worked in a variety of areas including public and private settings, acute and rehabilitation hospitals, mainstream and specialist schools and early childhood intervention.

For the past 20 years she has worked with children and adolescents and their families; the last 11 years has included a clinical research role in the Neuromuscular Clinic at The Royal Children’s Hospital, Melbourne. Rachel is currently completing a PhD at The University of Melbourne; her thesis is investigating factors affecting gait in children and adolescents with the inherited peripheral neuropathy Charcot-Marie-Tooth disease. Her studies have investigated spatio-temporal gait parameters, footwear, falls, gait variability and physical activity in children with CMT and their typically developing peers.
Rachael Kennedy’s workshop will provide an overview on neuromuscular conditions that are prevalent in children and adolescents, and assessment tools that are used to assess disease and functional abilities in these conditions.

Ben Millerd

Ben has been a podiatrist for over 13 years and has work in private practice in both Australia and overseas.  Ben has a clinical interest in rehabilitation and improving global function for his patients.

He has had the pleasure of clinical teaching at La Trobe University and recently has written a module for the sports podiatry subject on lower limb rehabilitation.
This workshop will offer you a practical overview of lateral ankle sprains and chronic ankle instability.  It will be both evidence base and focused heavily on guiding you through a practical management plan for your patients in the clinic environment.

Mr Simon Smith

Fellow, Australasian College of Podiatric Surgeons
Mr Simon Smith is a podiatric surgeon. Simon completed his Fellowship training in podiatric surgery with the Australasian College of Podiatric Surgeons in 2009.

He has expanded his clinical and surgical experience overseas with preceptorships in the United Kingdom in Foot Surgery and in the United States in Foot and Ankle Surgery. During this time, Simon trained under leaders in the field of foot and ankle surgery and gained further experience in the subspecialties foot and ankle trauma and limb preservation. He has published scientific and surgical technique papers in international podiatric and foot and ankle surgery journals. Simon has a major interest in forefoot reconstructive surgery, minimal invasive surgery and limb preservation surgery. He consults in private practice in Melbourne and Geelong. He also consults as part of the High Risk Foot Team at the Austin Health.

Luke Taylor

Luke Taylor is a podiatrist with a clinical interest in the high risk foot. He is the Director of Podiatry for South Western Sydney Local Health District.

Luke is the President of the Podiatry Council of NSW, the statutory body that manages notifications (complaints) about the conduct, performance or health of podiatry practitioners and students in NSW.