"We are getting sicker and fatter: What can you do about it?"

Date: Sun. 5 August 2018, 10:00 am – 1:00 pm
Cost: $35 MA members/$65 non members
PDPs: 3pts
Venue: North Fitzroy Library, Bargoonga Nganjin Community Room, 182-186 St Georges Road, North Fitzroy, VIC 3068

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You may know him as the co-author of Clinical Sports Medicine, or perhaps the Team Doctor for the Australian Cricket team, or is it as a world renowned sports medicine clinician and researcher? His credentials and achievements stretch as far as the eye can see; but there's no doubt that Professor Peter Brukner is regarded as an expert in his field, and the Myotherapy Association Australia are excited to have him presenting his talk "We are getting sicker and fatter: What can you do about it?"

"Sadly, it is likely that this generation of Australians will be the first not to live longer than the previous generation. What a legacy to leave our children."

In this talk, Peter Brukner will cover the current state of health in Australia (not good!), why we are in this situation, what we as health practitioners can do about it, as well as the effect of diet on MSK problems and on performance.

DON'T MISS this event, as it's taken us months to secure a date with Peter Brukner. When you're that good - you're in high demand!

Peter Brukner OAM, MBBS, FACSP, FACSM, FASMF, FFSEM is a specialist sports and exercise physician currently working with the Australian cricket team. Peter is the founding partner of Olympic Park Sports Medicine Centre in Melbourne and Professor of Sports Medicine at Latrobe University. A founding Executive Member of the Australasian College of Sports Physicians, he served two terms as President and played a key role in establishing sports medicine as a medical specialty in Australia. Peter is the co-author of the widely used text book Clinical Sports Medicine and has been team physician for professional football clubs as well as national athletics, swimming, soccer and men’s hockey teams including Olympic and Commonwealth Games. Peter was the Socceroos Team Doctor at the 2010 World Cup in South Africa and more recently Head of Sports Medicine and Sports Science at Liverpool Football Club. Read more

His major area of research interest has been in overuse injuries particularly stress fractures, but he has also published widely in areas such as groin pain, exercise-related lower leg pain, fatigue and the female athlete. Peter has been the keynote speaker at numerous international conferences including the World Congress of Sports Medicine, the Asian Congress of Sports Medicine, the American College of Sports Medicine and the British Association of Sports Medicine. He is currently Senior Associate Editor of the British Journal of Sports Medicine and has previously been Senior Associate Editor of the Clinical Journal of Sport Medicine and Current Sports Medicine Reportsas well as being a past editor of Sport Health.

Peter is passionate about changing the way Australian's look at their current diet, and in particular the impact sugar has on our health.


MA Annual General Meeting 2018

Date: Tuesday 9 October 2018 (7:30 pm – 9:30 pm)
Cost: FREE
PDPs: 2pts
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.


MA Members will accrue 2 PDP's for this event.

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BECOME 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 by no later than Tuesday 2nd October 2018. You may choose, with the member's consent, to nominate another member for a board position.

Should you be unable to attend, you can complete a Proxy Voting Form so that a colleague may vote on your behalf and return to no later than 24 hours prior to the commencement of the meeting. A member may appoint another member as his or her proxy to vote and speak on his or her behalf at a general meeting other than at a disciplinary appeal meeting.

2018 National Myotherapy Conference - 18th March 2018
A Mindful Practice: Understanding the Mind/Body Connection


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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.

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