Meeting the challenge
5 - 6 May 2017 | Crowne Plaza Surfers Paradise, Queensland, Australia
(Please quote Whiplash 2017 when booking accommodation to take advantage of our negotiated room rate!)
This 2-day symposium is designed for researchers, clinicians, policy makers and anyone interested in the treatment of whiplash.
The program will reflect the 2017 theme - Meeting the Challenge, and will feature distinguished international and local speakers presenting in plenary and free paper sessions.
5 May 2017
Launch of International Consortium
7 May 2017
One Day Post Conference Course
'Improving Recovery: Management of WAD in Primary Care'
Earlybird (extended to 28 Feb 2017) - AU$400
Earlybird student/trainee (extended to 28 Feb 2017) - AU$250
- Update on whiplash injury models
- Stress system responses and treatment
- Recovery expectations
- Targeting interventions
- Implications from imaging studies
- Sensori-motor dysfunction
- PTSD: Who gets it?
- How lawyers influence health outcomes
International and local speakers
- Professor Michele Sterling | Griffith University, Gold Coast, Australia
- Assoc. Professor Helge Kasch | Aarhus University, Denmark
- Dr James Elliott | Northwestern University, Chicago, USA
- Professor Linda J. Carroll | University of Alberta, Canada
- Professor Michele Curatolo | University of Washington, Seattle, USA
- Assoc. Professor David M. Walton | Western University, Ontario, Canada
- Assoc. Professor Tonny Anderson | University of Southern Denmark, Odense, Denmark
- Professor Luke Connelly | University of Queensland, Brisbane, Australia
- Dr Pierre Côté | University of Ontario, Canada
- Dr Genevieve Grant | Monash University, Melbourne, Australia
- Dr Joy MacDermid | McMaster University, Ontario, Canada
- Dr Samuel McLean | University of North Carolina, North Carolina, USA
- Dr Mandy Nielsen | Chronic Pain Australia
- Dr Trudy Rebbeck | University of Sydney, Sydney, Australia
- Prof Anne Söderlund | Mälardalen University, Västerås, Sweden
- Professor Michael Sullivan | University of Queensland, Brisbane, Australia
- Dr Julia Treleaven | University of Queensland, Brisbane, Australia
- Dr Hans Westergren | Skane University Hospital, Lund, Sweden
Closes: 9 am, 30 December 2016
Professor Michele Sterling
PhD, MPhty, BPhty, Grad Dip Manip Physio, FACP
Griffith University, Gold Coast, Australia.
Professor Sterling is the foremost expert in the world on Whiplash Injuries.
She is currently the Director of the NHMRC Centre of Research Excellence in Recovery Following Road Traffic Injuries and Associate Director of RECOVER Injury Research Centre (formerly the Centre of National Research on Disability and Rehabilitation Medicine - CONROD). She is a Professor in the Centre of Musculoskeletal Research and the School of Allied Health at Griffith University and a NHMRC Senior Research Fellow.
Professor Sterling has a discipline background as a musculoskeletal physiotherapist and is a Fellow of the Australian College of Physiotherapists. Her main focuses of research are: the physiological and psychological factors underlying musculoskeletal pain and injury; the prediction of outcome following whiplash injury and the clinical translation of research findings to clinical practice. She is a member of the Editorial Board of PLos One and is Associate Editor of the European Journal of Physiotherapy.
Michele is Chair of the Scientific Committee of the Australian Pain Society and in 2016 became an elected member of the council for the IASP.
Michele has received over $13M in competitive research funding and has published over 100 papers and two books in the areas of whiplash injury and musculoskeletal pain.
Associate Professor Helge Kasch
Aarhus University, Denmark
Professor Kasch is the Medical Research Director and Senior Consultant Neurologist in the Spinal Cord Injury Centre of Western Denmark Department of Neurology, Regional Hospital of Viborg. Professor Kasch received his MD in 1992 at the University of Southern Denmark and completed his PhD in 2001 from the University of Aarhus.
Professor Kasch specialises in treatment with botulinum toxin: dystonia, spasticity, pain, migraines, neurostimulation treatment of headaches and movement disorders.
He has over twenty years working experience in neurology and has participated in forty plus international congresses regarding pain, headache, neurostimulation, botulinum toxin, whiplash, aspects of neurology, psychology, traumatology, anaesthesiology, neurosurgery, and organizer of six international meetings.
Professor Kasch has given in excess of fifteen international, eighty national and over sixty scientific lectures on pain, whiplash, headache and botulinum toxin. He has in excess of fifty-five peer reviewed publications, four books and several book chapters.
Dr James “Jim” Elliott
Feinberg School of Medicine, Northwestern University, Chicago, Illinois, USA
Dr James “Jim” Elliott completed his PhD at the University of Queensland, Brisbane, Australia (UQ) in 2007 and a post-doctoral research fellowship in 2010 working within the (then) Centre of National Research on Disability and Rehabilitation Medicine and Centre for Excellence in Spinal Pain, Injury, and Health at UQ.
He is currently a tenure-track Assistant Professor in the Feinberg School of Medicine at Northwestern University in Chicago and the principal investigator of the Neuromuscular Imaging Research Lab (www.nirl.nu). Jim is also an Honorary Senior Fellow in the School of Health and Rehabilitation Sciences at The University of Queensland, Australia, and an adjunct professor at the Zürich University of Applied Sciences, Zürich, Switzerland.
Jim has received over $3M in competitive research funding and has published over 65 papers. His interdisciplinary research interests involve the use of magnetic resonance imaging applications to quantify physiological changes in the spinal cord and skeletal muscles following spinal trauma.
He has been awarded several prizes for scientific work in the field of rehabilitation and biomechanics.
Professor Linda J. Carroll
PhD, MA, BA
University of Alberta, Edmonton, Canada
Is a professor of epidemiology and a clinical health psychologist, with content expertise and a research focus on psychological and social aspects of musculoskeletal injuries such as whiplash injuries and other health conditions, including depression, coping and MS. She has over 150 publications in peer reviewed journals, one of which was listed as one of the 100 most cited cervical spine research papers ever published. She has also published a book and 16 book chapters and leads or contributes to a number of large transdisciplinary research teams. For example, Prof Carroll was PI and scientific editor of a $3 million dollar, transdisciplinary, international task force (The Bone and Joint 2000-2010 Task Force on Neck Pain and Its Associated Disorders) whose mandate was to systematically search, critically review and integrate/synthesize the world literature on risk, prognosis, assessment and diagnosis, and management of neck pain and whiplash-associated disorders. The end goal of that project was to make evidence-informed recommendations for the control and management of neck pain and whiplash. This extensive group of publications and updates of these reviews formed the foundation for the development of evidence-based clinical practice guidelines for management of minor traffic injuries (including whiplash-associated disorders). This was a large task force contracted by the Ministry of Government Services in Ontario; and the final report was submitted (proposed clinical practice guideline) to the governmental body in December 2014 and has been instrumental in the process of consulting with stakeholder groups and implementing these guidelines. These findings and recommendations will also be of interest to other provinces, since minor injuries such as whiplash are extremely expensive. Although submitted as a report, the individual papers comprising the report are being published in peer reviewed journals and so far, 16 papers from this have been published, others are accepted or are under review, and the papers are receiving substantial attention from clinicians and other stakeholders.
Her expertise has been sought on national and international initiatives, such as the Department of Veteran’s Affairs Technical Expert Panel, reporting on the complications of mild traumatic brain injury in veterans and military personnel; and the Concussion Definition/Diagnosis Consortium, which was a joint effort by the CDC-Atlanta, the Department of Defence (USA) and the Brain Trauma Foundation (USA). Prof Carroll was an organizing member and member of the working group of the multidisciplinary International Whiplash Associated Disorder.
In her research program, she has used quantitative, qualitative and mixed-methods approaches. In this context, her research group has developed innovative strategic research methods to collect data relevant to policy and clinical decision making. One example was the development of a theoretically sound framework to integrating qualitative and quantitative research through complementarity; i.e., through understanding how data is constructed and reconstructed through the different “ways of knowing” and the different levels of meaning that can be ascribed to these findings, we can use a mixed-methods approach to gain a conceptually sound, holistic knowledge about health phenomena. In another example, Prof Carroll and her colleagues described the novel use of sharing circles for data collection with First Nations individuals. In addition to qualitative and mixed methods research, she has active in using quantitative methods to examine psychosocial aspects of a wide range of health conditions including acute and persistent musculoskeletal conditions like low back pain and whiplash, other health conditions such as multiple sclerosis, and mild traumatic brain injury.
A/Prof David M. Walton
BScPT, MSc, PhD
Western University, London, Ontario, Canada
Dr. Walton completed his BSc in Physical Therapy from The University of Western Ontario in 1999 and his MSc in Neurosciences in 2001. After a 7 year clinical career in both the private and public health sectors in Canada, he returned to Western to complete his PhD in Health and Rehabilitation Science in 2010. He is currently a tenure-track Assistant Professor in the School of Physical Therapy and Health and Rehabilitation Science graduate programs at Western and an Associate Scientist with the Lawson Health Research Institute (London, Ontario).
Dr. Walton is Director of the Pain and Quality of Life Integrative Research Lab, a transdisciplinary setting that currently includes 1 MSc and 5 PhD students from fields such as physical therapy, psychology, microbiology and implementation science all under his supervision. The lab focuses on integrating knowledge across traditional disciplinary boundaries to improve understanding of the transition from acute to chronic musculoskeletal pain, measuring the experience of pain, and translating new knowledge to clinical practice. Combined his students have won multiple awards, published over 50 peer-reviewed articles and delivered over 30 presentations at national and international conferences.
Dr. Walton’s research in knowledge syntheses, psychometric evaluations of pain prediction and measurement tools, and mechanistic acute-to-chronic pain research has been published in high-quality journals in the field including the Journal of Clinical Epidemiology, The Clinical Journal of Pain, The Journal of Orthopaedic and Sports Physical Therapy (JOSPT), and Archives of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation. As of this writing he has been lead or co-author on 50 peer-reviewed publications and PI or co-investigator on over $800,000 CDN in research funding over the past 6 years.
Dr. Walton is a proven leader locally and nationally. He is a co-founder and past-Chair of the Pain Science Division of the Canadian Physiotherapy Association (CPA), past Chair of CPA’s Professional Development Task Force, current secretary of the International Association for the Study of Pain’s “Pain Education” Special Interest Group, an Associate Editor with the scientific journal Manual Therapy, and an International Editor for JOSPT. Beyond his own lab he also leads two productive interdisciplinary research teams: the Collaboration for the Integration of Rehabilitation and Consumer Electronics (CIRCLE) group (6 members), and the Solving Traumatic pain and disability through Advanced Research Translation (START) group that boasts over 30 active members representing academic, clinical, and patient advocacy experts. He is a 3-time nominee and twice winner of Faculty- or University-wide teaching awards and was the 2014 recipient of CPA’s National Mentorship Award.
Professor Michele Curatolo
University of Washington, Washington, USA
Professor Curatolo received his M.D. at the University of Messina in Italy and continued his career in Switzerland. He attained a PhD at the University of Aalborg in Denmark and focused on pain research. He has been the Head of the Division of Pain Therapy in the Department of Anesthesiology and Pain Therapy at the University of Bern (1997-2013) and Acting Chair of the department (2006-2008).
His expertise is in pain management, education and research and is currently Professor of Anesthesiology and Pain Medicine at the University of Washington, Seattle, USA.
Professor Curatolo has authored over 160 peer-reviewed publications with his research focusing on two fields:
- How to detect and prevent hypersensitivity of nociceptive pathways in patients with chronic pain;
- Ultrasound guided interventional pain procedures. He has been awarded several prizes for scientific work in the field of pain and an honorary doctorate at the University of Aalborg, Denmark.
His research has been supported with over $8.5 million U.S. dollars in competitive funding.
Prof Curatolo has extensive experience in University teaching and mentoring, and has been invited to hold over 260 lectures in national and international meetings. He has served as reviewer for multiple high ranked scientific journals, funding agencies and external academic institutions and in a variety of leading roles in academic institutions and medical organisations.
A/Prof Tonny Anderson
University of Southern Denmark, Odense, Denmark
A/Prof Tonny Anderson has a professional background as an authorized clinical health psychologist with a profound expertise in treatment of chronic pain conditions. My research is within the field of health psychology and clinical psychology, assessing how psychological trauma affects pain and pain behaviours. Also, pre-trauma vulnerability factors, such as attachment insecurity is among my research interests. In particular, I am interested in how attachment orientations affects, pain and pain behaviours. The main goal of my research activities is to improve interventions for patients with chronic pain conditions and to prevent the development of chronic pain after whiplash injury. Currently, I am collaborating with CONROD researchers on a RCT study assessing trauma-focused CBT and physiotherapeutic training for chronic whiplash associated disorder with co-morbid posttraumatic stress disorder.
Professor Luke Connelly
GDipEcon, PhD, MEconSt, BA
University of Queensland
Professor Luke Connelly is Professor of Health Economics and Acting Director of the UQ Centre for the Business and Economics of Health and Affiliate Professor with the Poche Centre for Indigenous Health. He holds a BA(Econ), MEconSt and PhD in Economics from The University of Queensland. His main interests are in health economics and insurance economics and the effects of institutions (including legal constructs) on incentives and behaviour. He has also worked in other fields of applied microeconomics, including education economics and transport economics. His publications include papers in Review of Income and Wealth, Health Economics, Journal of Health Economics, Journal of Risk and Insurance, Geneva Papers on Risk and Insurance, Accident Analysis and Prevention, Journal of Law and Medicine, Journal of Clinical Epidemiology, European Journal of Health Economics, International Journal of Health Economics and Finance, Social Science and Medicine, Economic Papers, Economic Analysis and Policy, Journal of Transport Economics and Policy, Labour Economics, Economics and Human Biology as well as in a range of clinical journals, including Lancet.
Dr Pierre Coté
Canada Research Chair in Disability Prevention and Rehabilitation
University of Ontario Institute of Technology, Canada
Dr. Côté is an epidemiologist, Canada Research Chair in Disability Prevention and Rehabilitation and Associate Professor in the Faculty of Health Sciences at the University of Ontario Institute of Technology. He is also an Associate Professor in the Dalla Lana School of Public Health at the University of Toronto. Dr. Côté was a member of the scientific secretariat of the 2000-2010 Bone and Joint Task Force on Neck Pain and its Associated Disorders; a large international collaboration aimed at synthesizing the scientific evidence on the problem of neck pain. In 2012, he was mandated by the Government of Ontario to develop evidence-based clinical practice guidelines for the management of traffic injuries including whiplash. Dr. Côté’s research focuses on the etiology, prognosis and management of musculoskeletal pain and disability. Dr. Côté has published more than 185 scientific papers in peer-reviewed journals.
PhD, LLB (Hons)
Monash University, Melbourne, Australia
Dr Genevieve Grant is a Lecturer in the Faculty of Law at Monash University, where she is Co-Director of the Australian Centre for Justice Innovation. Genevieve is also a Senior Research Fellow at the Institute for Safety, Compensation and Recovery Research.
Genevieve has a PhD in public health and law, and experience working as an injury lawyer, in court administration and legal policy development in government. Her research uses socio-legal and empirical methods to investigate the impacts of compensation scheme design and change on system performance and claimant outcomes. She teaches across a range of areas including litigation and dispute resolution, health law and legal ethics. Genevieve is a graduate of the Canadian Institutes of Health Research Strategic Training Program in Work Disability Prevention.
Prof Joy MacDermid
BSc, BScPT, MSc, PhD
McMaster University, Ontario, Canada
Prof Joy MacDermid is a Professor at Western University's School of Physical Therapy in Ontario, Canada. She holds a CIHR Chair in Gender, Work and Health, and the Dr. James Roth Research Chair in Musculoskeletal Measurement and Knowledge Translation. She is also the C0-direcor of the Clinical Research Lab within the Hand and Upper Limb Centre (HULC) in London, Ontario. She is a hand therapist/physical therapist/epidemiologist and has published more than 330 peer-reviewed papers that focus on measuring and predicting musculoskeletal disability.
Dr Samuel McLean
University of North Carolina, North Carolina, USA
Dr Samuel McLean is an Emergency Medicine physician and researcher at the University of North Carolina, in Chapel Hill, NC, USA. Dr McLean's research focuses on neurobiological mechanisms mediating the development of chronic pain, posttraumatic stress disorder, and related sequelae after traumatic events such as motor vehicle collision, sexual assault, and major thermal burn injury. He maintains a research network of more than 30 emergency care sites around the US, and has studied the development of chronic pain in thousands of trauma survivors. A particular interest is to use genetic epidemiology and molecular studies to gain new insights into chronic pain pathogenesis and inform the testing of novel preventive/treatment interventions.
Dr Mandy Nielsen
PhD, GDipRehabCouns, BSocWk (Hons)
Vice President, Chronic Pain AustraliaDr Mandy Nielsen is a social worker and Vice President of Chronic Pain Australia. She completed her PhD on the social context of living with chronic pain in 2009. Her interest and involvement in the chronic pain area stemmed from her own experiences following a back injury in 1995. Mandy is particularly interested in lived experience, consumer participation and health literacy. She has worked as a research academic in the areas of musculoskeletal pain and social work.
Dr Trudy Rebbeck
FACP, PhD, MAppSc, BAppSc
University of Sydney
Dr Trudy Rebbick is an NHMRC Research Fellow at the University of Sydney with appointments at the Faculty of Health Sciences and John Walsh Centre for Rehabilitation Research, Sydney Medical School. Dr Rebbeck’s area of research and clinical expertise is in the development and implementation of best practice for the management of whiplash. She has 25 peer reviewed publications and over $4m in research grants. She has co-authored several clinical guidelines for whiplash and several implementation / translations trials which have resulted in a successful change of practice in primary care settings. Dr Rebbeck’s current research fellowship focuses on improving recovery for cervical spine disorders including people with whiplash, headache and neck pain. Her international profile results in her being frequently invited to present workshop and courses nationally and internationally in the area of cervical spine disorders.
Prof Anne Söderlund
Mälardalen University, Sweden
Anne Söderlund is a professor in Physiotherapy with behavioural medicine profile at Section of Physiotherapy, School of Health, Care and Welfare, Mälardalen University, Västerås, Sweden. She leads a multidisciplinary research group (BeMe-Health) of junior and senior researchers and has a large international research network. Her research includes description, analysis, prevention, treatment, and evaluation of health problems from a behavioural medicine perspective in the physiotherapy framework. The research is focused on the individual's behaviour and ability for functioning in everyday life in various health conditions in different ages. Professor Söderlund has 70 scientific peer-reviewed publications, several editorials, and book chapters. She has received grants 9.7 milj SEK (1.2 milj USD). She is an Editor-in-Chief for the European Journal of Physiotherapy. She has been teaching and supervising nearly two decades on undergraduate and graduate levels, and presented her research in wide range of international conferences.
Dr Julia Treleaven
University of Queensland
Julia Treleaven is a Lecturer for the Division of Physiotherapy and a Senior Researcher in the Whiplash and Neck Pain Research Unit at the University of Queensland. She has been researching whiplash and neck pain since 2000 and in 2004 completed her PhD focusing on the necks influence on dizziness, head and eye movement control and postural stability in whiplash injuries. Since then she has continued her research in this area and has looked at the influence of neck pain on sensorimotor control in idiopathic neck pain, the elderly, in concussion and at assessment and training of cervical kinematics using a virtual reality device. She has published over 60 papers in peer reviewed journals and has contributed to several book chapters and is one of the authors of a book entitled Whiplash and Neck Pain. Julia works part-time as a physiotherapist in a private practice, been involved as a clinician on several RCTs in whiplash and is also the clinic manager and assessor at the Whiplash Physical Diagnostic Clinic at the University of Queensland.
Prof Michael Sullivan
University of QueenslandMichael Sullivan, Ph.D., is a clinical psychologist who is Director of Recover Injury Research Centre and Professor at The University of Queensland. Professor Sullivan previously held a Canada Research Chair in Behavioural Health at McGill University in Canada. Professor Sullivan has held appointments in departments of psychology, medicine, physical and occupational therapy and neurology. Over the past 25 years, he has worked as an educator, consultant, clinician, and department chair. He has served as a consultant to numerous health and safety organizations, insurance groups as well as social policy and research institutes. In 2011, Professor Sullivan received the Award for Distinguished Contributions to Psychology as a Profession by Canadian Psychological Association. He is best known for his research on psychosocial risk factors for pain-related disability, and for the development of risk-targeted interventions designed to foster occupational re-engagement following injury. One such intervention, the Progressive Goal Attainment Program (PGAP) was included in the 18th edition of the Official Disability Guidelines (Work Loss Data Institute, 2013) as an evidenced-based approach to the management of work disability. Professor Sullivan developed the Pain Catastrophizing Scale (PCS) and the Injustice Experiences Questionnaire (IEQ). The PCS has been used in more than 1000 scientific studies. The PCS has been translated into 25 languages and is currently the most widely used measure of catastrophic thinking related to pain. Dr. Sullivan has published more than 180 peer reviewed scientific papers, 4 books and 23 chapters.
Dr Hans Westergren
Skane University Hospital, Lund, Sweden
Dr Westergrem spent his first 15 clinical years as a Neurosurgeon and wrote his thesis on Spinal Cord Injuries – experimental study in the rat. Thereafter he was recruited to Spinal Cord Rehabilitation and since 2006 he has been focusing on persistent pain after neck-trauma at the department for Pain Rehabilitation in Lund, Sweden.
He assisted in arranging the fifth International Whiplash Trauma congress in 2011 and also developing a treatment algorithm for emergency and primary care in his region.
Dr Westergren’s clinical work today involves the Regional Specialized clinic for Post-traumatic neck pain and has commenced reporting on experiences from this field.