Evidence-Based Upper Limb Retraining after Stroke, The Alfred, Thursday, 30. July 2020

This workshop is presented by Dr Annie McCluskey and Karl Schurr. Annie is an occupational therapist, a health services researcher and educator. She has 30+ years’ experience in stroke and brain injury rehabilitation, in Australia and the UK. Karl is a physiotherapy clinician, researcher and educator. He has over 30+ years’ experience in stroke, brain injury and aged care rehabilitation in Australia and the UK.
About the workshop
The course focuses on supporting therapists to learn skills and strategies to minimise upper limb impairments post-stroke, and increase engagement in activities. Course notes and content will be based on published research and movement science/motor relearning. Target audience: The workshop will be of interest to occupational therapists and physiotherapists from hospital and community based settings, who teach adults following stroke and acquired brain impairment, as well as university lecturers. The workshop focuses on upper limb rehabilitation. Pre-reading will be provided to the organising group for distribution to participants. The workshop accepts only a limited number of registrants, enabling small groups to work with clients and receive feedback from the presenters during clinical sessions.
Objectives: At the end of the workshop, participants will be able to:

Name the essential components (invariant kinematic features) of normal reach and manipulation.
Recognise common compensations when observing people with stroke/brain injury attempting to reach for and use everyday objects; understand and explain why these compensatory strategies should be discouraged during practice.
Discuss factors thought to contribute to the development of muscle overactivity/spasticity, and strategies to prevent these secondary problems.
Explain the relationship and differences between spasticity/overactivity, muscle length changes, missing essential components and compensations.
Plan and conduct an observational analysis and motor training session with a person who has had a stroke -Name key factors that affect motor learning, and how these factors can be modified to enhance learning and increase intensity of practice.
Use an electrical stimulation machine to stimulate paralysed muscles.
Discuss evidence related to various interventions including constraint-induced movement therapy and mirror therapy to improve motor recovery and function of a person’s upper limb.

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Insurance, Indemnity & Governance
Each registrant will need insurance in order to work with stroke survivors during the clinical sessions – the workshops are practical. In Australia, all AHPRA registered occupational therapists and physiotherapists have to to declare and sign annually, that they have some type of professional indemnity insurance when renewing their registration. Therefore, most therapists will already have insurance, either privately or through their employer. You will be asked to show evidence of your AHPRA registration following your acceptance onto this course. In addition, Alfred Health will require each registerant to confirm their professional idemnity and police clearance to work with patients.
Any questions please contact course  organiser; Natasha Lannin

Thursday, 30. July 2020, The Alfred, Evidence-Based Upper Limb Retraining after Stroke

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