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2019 Rehabilitation Medicine Society of Australia and New Zealand

2019 Rehabilitation Medicine Society of Australia and New Zealand 4th Annual Scientific MeetingSunday 20 - Wednesday 23 October 2019 | Adelaide Convention Centre

Breakfast Sessions

Monday 21 October 2019

Sponsored Breakfast Session:  Implications of the most recent advances in the treatment of lower limb spasticity: Expert Q & A
Time: 7.30am - 8.30am
Cost: Complimentary 

This session is sponsored by:

Spasticity, one component of upper motor neuron syndrome is a common sequela of stroke and other acute neurological conditions. This condition affects upper and lower limbs of patients and has a significant impact on the patient and carer. This presentation covers recent advances in lower limb spasticity management in improving patients’ quality of life; practical aspects of using botulinum toxin type A in managing these patients such as dosing and muscle selection as well as an update on the latest local research findings.

Speaker: Professor John Olver's main areas of clinical and research interests in Rehabilitation Medicine are managing people with traumatic brain injury, stroke, spasticity and concussion. Professor Olver is currently Director of Rehabilitation, Mental Health and Chronic Pain Clinical Institute and the Director - Smorgon Chair of Rehabilitation Medicine - Monash University. 

Tuesday 22 October 2019

Sponsored Breakfast Session: Addressing the unmet needs of people living with spasticity…therapeutic options
Time: 7.30am - 8.30am
Cost: Complimentary 

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Botulinum toxin A is commonly used to treat symptoms of spasticity, with the aim of improving the patient’s quality of life between injections. Based on recent clinical and real-world data, this presentation and interactive discussion aims to highlight current gaps and steps forward in optimisation of spasticity management with botulinum toxin A for the patient. 

Speakers: Dr Alberto Esquenazi, MD, serves as the John Otto Haas Chair of the Department of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation at Albert Einstein Medical Center, in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, and is Chief Medical Officer of MossRehab as well as Director of the Gait and Motion Analysis Laboratory and the Regional Amputee Center.  Dr Esquenazi is Professor of PMR at Temple University and Adjunct Professor of Bioengineering at Drexel University.  

Dr John Estell is a Consultant Physician in Rehabilitation Medicine and is the Director of Rehabilitation Services at St George Hospital. He also practises in private rehabilitation medicine with appointments to six local private hospitals. He is a Rehabilitation Physician with extensive experience in stroke rehabilitation, trauma rehabilitation, and able-bodied and disabled sports medicine. He has a particular interest in spasticity management.

Breakfast Session - Neuroradiology: Worlds Within Rehabilitation
Time: 7.30am - 8.30am
Cost: $40 per person Includes breakfast

Neuroradiology has an important impact on prognostication and outcome measurement in many diseases relevant to the Rehabilitation Physician. In this session, A/Prof Barras will present from his own work in stroke imaging and clinical functional MRI, and review other clinical and research perspectives on imaging predictors of disease outcome in dementia, epilepsy, MS and other neurological diseases.


Speaker: A/Professor Christen Barras is a Clinical and Academic Neuroradiologist. He completed MMed and PhD qualifications in Stroke Imaging at Royal Melbourne Hospital under Professor Stephen Davis and Professor Brian Tress, and was a member of the first Code Stroke Team for three years. After completing the Pan-London Neuroradiology Fellowship, Christen became the second Australian Consultant Neuroradiologist at the National Hospital for Neurology and Neurosurgery, Queen Square, London, gaining expertise in all aspects of diagnostic neuroimaging including functional MRI. He has many ongoing research interests in neuroradiology, is an awarded teacher and is co-authoring two neuroimaging textbooks. He is a Neuroradiologist at Royal Adelaide Hospital, Senior Affiliate of the South Australian Health and Medical Research Institute and an Associate Professor of Radiology at the University of Adelaide.

Wednesday 23 October 2019

Sponsored Breakfast Session: The unfolding opioid crisis – what is the place of atypical opioids?
Time: 7.30am - 8.30am
Cost: Complimentary 

This session is sponsored by: 


The session will outline the past, present and potential future of the "opioid crisis" in Australia and internationally. The association between medically prescribed opioids for pain management and this crisis will be discussed. The concept of the use of atypical opioids for pain management and harm minimisation will also be reviewed. The evolving role of atypical opioids in the management of acute, persistent and cancer pain, as well as their intersection with the management and prevention of opioid dependency and addiction in the Illawarra region over the last  decade will be presented. An area of focus is the role of the Rehabilitation and Pain Physician in encouraging safe and therapeutic prescribing for other health professionals in these difficult areas of practice.

Speaker: Associate Professor Guy Bashford (MBBS, DIPMSM, FACRM, FAFRM, FFPMANZCA) is a Specialist Physician in Rehabilitation and Pain Medicine and holds Specialist appointments at Lawrence Hargrave Private Hospital, Port Kembla Hospital and Southern Highlands Private Hospital. He is also a Clinical Associate Professor at the Graduate School of Medicine at University of Wollongong.