The Melbourne Clinical Gait Course, 2018
Registration:
http://www.tickethost.com.au/?event=1359
Registrations close 30th June 2018

PROGRAM DETAILS
The program has been designed to appeal to a broad range of professionals involved in the varied aspects of clinical gait analysis. The teaching approach draws on the experience of gait analysis for children with cerebral palsy to help plan complex orthopaedic surgery but the course will be informative to anyone involved in instrumented clinical gait analysis.
This three-day course is an introduction to understanding and interpreting gait analysis data to guide clinicians to a better understanding of the impairments affecting their patients walking ability.
Day 1 focuses on the understanding of normal gait and introduces the basic concepts and terminology used in instrumented gait analysis. The principles of interpretation of clinical gait analysis data will be presented.
Days 2 and 3 explore the interpretation of clinical gait data and the identification of impairments affecting gait. There will be practical sessions for participants to experience and learn data analysis techniques with time for group discussions. Mock gait analysis reporting sessions will be included with a panel of surgeons, engineers and physiotherapists discussing cases to establish the impairments affecting gait and management recommendations. There will be ample opportunity for audience participation in these discussions!
Learning objectives

  • To develop an understanding of the requirements for normal gait and normal gait analysis data
  • To gain an understanding of the impairment-focused approach to data interpretation
  • To identify common impairments associated with gait abnormalities seen in children with cerebral palsy
  • To develop skills of gait analysis data interpretation and reporting


COURSE FACULTY

This course is being conducted by staff from The Hugh Williamson Gait Analysis Laboratory and Orthopaedics Department, Royal Children’s Hospital, Melbourne and led by:

Prof H. Kerr Graham

Kerr is internationally renowned for his clinical research in paediatric orthopaedics, in particular his research into the outcomes of orthopaedic surgery to improve walking in children with cerebral palsy. He has over 120 publications in peer-reviewed journals and is regularly invited to speak at national and international conferences. Kerr has twice been awarded the prestigious Richmond Prize for the best paper presented to the American Academy of Cerebral Palsy and Developmental Medicine and in 2001, won the John Mitchell Crouch Fellowship - the highest research award of the Royal Australasian College of Surgeons. Kerr is an enthusiastic teacher and is always willing to share his knowledge. He was awarded the American Academy of Cerebral Palsy and Developmental Medicine Mentorship Award in 2015. Kerr was responsible for establishing the Hugh Williamson Gait Laboratory at the Royal Children’s Hospital in 1995.

With International Speakers

Dr Jon R. Davids
Jon R. Davids MD, a board certified Paediatric Orthopaedic Surgeon, is the Assistant Chief of Orthopaedics and Medical Director of the Motion Analysis Laboratory at the Shriner’s Hospitals for Children, Northern California. He is Professor and Ben Ali Chair in Paediatric Orthopaedics in the Department of Orthopaedics at the University of California, Davis Medical School in Sacramento, California, USA. He has worked for the Shriners Hospitals for Children since 1993. Jon is internationally recognized for his work in treating children with cerebral palsy and limb deficiencies. Jon is a member of the Paediatric Orthopaedic Society of North America, International Paediatric Orthopaedic Think Tank, the American Orthopaedic Association, the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons, the American Board of Orthopaedic Surgeons, Gait and Clinical Movement Analysis Society, and the American Academy of Cerebral Palsy and Developmental Medicine.

Assoc Prof Sylvia Õunpuu

Sylvia Õunpuu, M.Sc., is the Director of Research at the Center for Motion Analysis at the Connecticut Children’s Medical Center and has been with the CMA since 1987. She received a Bachelor of Science Degree in Kinesiology (1982) and a Masters of Science Degree in Biomechanics (1986), both at the University of Waterloo in Ontario, Canada. She is an Associate Professor in the Department of Orthopaedic Surgery, School of Medicine at the University of Connecticut. Sylvia has over 50 peer reviewed journal publications. Her research interests have focused on understanding the pathomechanics of gait issues and evaluating treatment outcomes for surgical intervention in patients with cerebral palsy.
Sylvia’s current research focus includes long-term treatment outcomes in patients with cerebral palsy, study of the pathomechanics of Charcot-Marie-Tooth disease and determining the role of gait analysis in treatment decision-making for patients with spinal bifida.

For more information contact: Mikaela.benke@rch.org.au or pam.thomason@rch.org.au