Making Exercise Count for Musculoskeletal Pain Workshop

Making Exercise Count for Musculoskeletal Pain Workshop

Making Exercise Count for Musculoskeletal Pain – AEP Best Practice 

MSK conditions are the biggest cause of disability internationally and impose substantial burdens on society and individuals. In Australia, upwards of 29% of the population experience an musculoskeletal condition. Exercise is a primary treatment modality for many musculoskeletal conditions and consistently recommended in clinical practice guidelines. For many AEPs, the treatment of musculoskeletal pain is a substantial component of their daily clinical practice. 

This program aims to improve AEPs theoretical knowledge and clinical skills regards planning and implementing evidence-based, best practice care exercise interventions for chronic musculoskeletal pain. This includes: 

  • delivering patient centred care through the provision of individualised exercise interventions based on patient context and preference; 
  • planning and implementing a detailed initial assessment (screening physical assessment, etc) as the basis for sound clinical decision making regards the treatment approach and the exercise intervention delivery best suited to each patient; 
  • communicating effectively with patients including education about physical activity, pain and injury best suited to each patient’s narrative; 
  • ensuring that exercise interventions adhere to clinical practice guidelines; 
  • optimising exercise prescription and exercise delivery to promote participation, motivation and increase the likelihood of sustainable treatment outcomes; 
  • the use of subjective and objective outcome measures to evaluate and report patient progress; and 
  • identifying and replacing unhelpful passive treatment modalities (escalating medication, excessive rest, hands on treatment) with active modalities (mind- body modalities, pacing, self-reflection/talk). 

    The program is concerned with the practical application of theoretical knowledge to clinical practice and will involve short presentations of key concepts by the convenor interspersed with practical application through individual and team-based learning activities. The intention is to provide collaborative and interactive learning opportunities through the collective input from all participants and the convenor.


    Presented by A/Prof John Booth, AEP, MExSc, PhD, ESSAF

    Associate Professor John Booth is a clinician and academic. He has been an AEP for >20 years practicing in musculoskeletal rehabilitation, with a special interest in chronic pain. John was the founder and principal of an interdisciplinary practice from 2000-2019. At UNSW, John led the development of curriculum in exercise for musculoskeletal pain for undergraduate exercise physiology and medicine. John’s expertise with teaching has been acknowledged through university teaching awards. John was integral to the development of the UNSW Medicine Lifestyle Clinic’s pain rehabilitation services. He has extensive experience as a clinical educator concerning exercise and musculoskeletal pain. This includes conference presentations, webinars, and workshops for AEPs and other health professions. Since 2017, John has been a mentor for regional clinicians training as local pain educators for the Pain Revolution. John regularly presents at community outreach events about the role of exercise in chronic pain.
    John’s research is concerned with understanding how exercise modulates pain and best practices regarding the delivery of exercise interventions for musculoskeletal pain.  His published research including "Exercise for chronic MSK pain - A biopsychosocial approach" doi: 10.1002/msc.1191 and "Making exercise count- considerations for  the role of exercise in back pain treatment"  doi:10.1002/msc.1597 translates theory to AEP clinical practice. In 2020, John was awarded ESSA fellow membership for contributions to the exercise physiology profession. 


    Brisbane CBD,QLD
    Saturday, 6 August 2022
    8:30am – 5:00pm

    Rates per person

        Earlybird   Standard 

          If registered and paid on or
    before 6 July 2022

          If registered and paid on or
    after 7July 2022

    ESSA Member   $220.00   $240.00
    ESSA Student Member
    Student Non-Member

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    • Full day professional development 
    • Arrival tea & coffee, morning tea, lunch and afternoon tea 
    • Workbook in a softcopy format
    • Certificate of attendance, gaining you valuable ESSA CPD points
    • Networking with the presenter and your peers


    Target Audience

    Any Accredited Exercise Physiologist 

    ESSA CPD Points


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