Pre- and post- conference courses

Please note that the number of participants in each course is limited. Are you no longer able to register for your desired course? Please contact We will put you on our waiting list and contact you as soon as a place becomes available. Please be aware that registering to a course is only possible in combination with a registration to the conference.

Pre-conference-courses - 2 and 3 July 2024

Prof. Jo Nijs & Anneleen Malfliet

Jo Nijs is full professor at the Vrije Universiteit Brussel (Brussels, Belgium), physiotherapist/manual therapist at the University Hospital Brussels, and Visiting Professor at the University of Gothenburg (Sweden). Jo runs the Pain in Motion international and interdisciplinary research group ( The primary aim of his research is improving care for patients with chronic pain. At the age of 47, he has (co-)authored >300 peer reviewed publications (including papers in high impact journals such as The Lancet, JAMA Neurology and The Lancet Rheumatology), obtained €14 million grant income, supervised 23 PhD’s to completion and served >360 times as an invited speaker at meetings in 30 countries (including 39 keynotes). He trained >3k clinicians in 101 courses held in 13 countries spread over 4 continents. His work has been cited >11k times (h-index: 60), with 35 citations per article (ISI Web of Knowledge). Jo is ranked 2nd in the world among chronic pain researchers (1st in Europe;, received the 2017 Excellence in Research Award from the JOSPT (USA), and the 2020 Francqui Collen Chair awarded by the University of Hasselt, Belgium. Website:

Anneleen Malfliet is an assistant professor at the Vrije Universiteit Brussel (Brussels, Belgium), a postdoctoral researcher at the Research Foundation Flanders (Brussels, Belgium) and a physiotherapist for chronic pain rehabilitation at the University Hospital Brussels (Brussels, Belgium). Her research and clinical interest go out to chronic pain and the role of lifestyle factors like overweight, sleep and nutrition in the rehabilitation of these patients. She is a (board) member of the Pain in Motion international research group. At the age of 32, Anneleen has published widely on the chronic pain topic, including 63 full-text publications in international peer-reviewed journals (25% as first author, 29% as senior author), including JAMA Neurology (D1 - IF 2018: 12.321), the Journal of Clinical Medicine (Q1 - IF 2018: 5.688), the British Journal of Anaesthesia (D1 - IF 2018 : 6.199), and Physical Therapy (Q1 - IF 2018: 3.043). All of these papers are situated in the field of chronic pain rehabilitation, and many of them focus on lifestyle factors. So far, her research has been awarded twice, including the Young Investigator Awards of the Belgian Back Society (2018), as well as the EOS Pipet (jury) price (2019). Her H-index is 20, with a mean number of 23.6 citations per paper and a total of 1,487 citations in scientific literature (WoS – Query data: 2023-03-13).

Tuesday, 2 July 2024
(one day course)
Thinking beyond muscle & joints 2.0: A lifestyle approach for managing chronic musculoskeletal pain

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Wednesday, 3 July 2024
(one day course)
Pain never sleeps: Why and how to integrate sleep management in the treatment for patients with chronic musculoskeletal pain

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Dr Julia Treleaven PhD BPhty, FACP 

Julia is a Senior Lecturer and Researcher 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 sensorimotor control. She has continued her research in this area now is also looking at the role of neck dysfunction in those with headache, dizziness and post-concussion due to concomitant whiplash-type injury. She has over 140 publications in this area, written several book chapters and is an author of the recent book “Management of neck disorders- an evidenced based approach”. Julia works part-time as a physiotherapist in a private practice managing patients such as those with headache, whiplash, cervicogenic dizziness and post-concussion syndrome. Julia has been an invited speaker at many national and international conferences and workshops in the area of neck pain, whiplash, headache, concussion and dizziness.

Tuesday, 2 July 2024
(one day course)
Assessment and management of the cervical sensorimotor control
Wednesday, 3 July 2024
(one day course)
Assessment and management of the role of the cervical spine in headache and dizziness


Dr. Alison Grimaldi

Dr Grimaldi is an Australian Sports Physiotherapist and the practice principal of PhysioTec Physiotherapy in Brisbane, with over 30 years of clinical experience and a special interest in the management of hip and pelvic pain. She has a Bachelor of Physiotherapy, Masters of Sports Physiotherapy and a PhD through the University of Queensland, Australia. Alison was a key investigator on the multicentre LEAP randomised clinical trial comparing the effects of treatment for gluteal tendinopathy. She has had involvement in research for over 20 years and continues her research interests as an Adjunct Senior Research Fellow at the University of Queensland, and in collaborative international research. She has contributed to three leading clinical texts, conducted over 100 clinical workshops and presented over 50 keynote, invited or podium conference presentations. Alison also runs a Hip Academy with online learning and live mentoring at

Wednesday, 3 July 2024
(one day course)
Mastering lateral hip pain

Gluteal tendinopathy is one of the most prevalent lower limb tendinopathies presenting to general practice and imposes an impact on quality-of-life similar to severe hip osteoarthritis. Traditionally, lateral hip pain has been approached as an inflammatory condition of the trochanteric bursa (trochanteric bursitis) assumed to be related to tightness of the iliotibial band (ITB). Treatments included passive anti-inflammatory treatments and stretching of the ITB, both of which are no longer included in contemporary management. A substantial body of evidence has now been published that provides evidence-based strategies for identifying this condition, associated impairments and active management of the condition to achieve optimal outcomes.

Learning Objectives:
This practical masterclass will teach skills that allow participants to:

  • Perform pain provocation tests for gluteal tendinopathy and associated soft tissue pathologies, and reason through the differential diagnosis for lateral hip pain
  • Assess postural and movement variations that may adversely impact on gluteal tendon health
  • Assess hip abductor muscle impairments
  • Provide evidence-based load management and exercise strategies for lateral hip pain
  • Troubleshoot cases of poor-response to treatment


Peter O'Sullivan 

Peter is a John Curtin Distinguished Professor at the School of Allied Health Sciences at Curtin University and a Specialist Musculoskeletal Physiotherapist. He is internationally recognised as a leading clinician, researcher and educator in musculoskeletal pain disorders. With his team he has published more than 320 scientific papers, written numerous book chapters and has been keynote speaker at over 100 national and international conferences. Peter also consults at half the week where he reviews disabling musculoskeletal pain disorders.

Peter’s passion is to bridge the gap between research and practice – in order to empower clinicians to deliver person-centred care to people in pain.

Wednesday, 3 July 2024
(one day course)
Cognitive Functional Therapy for people with chronic low back pain - introductory workshop


Michael Rowe

Michael Rowe is an academic, researcher, and teacher with a background in health professions education. He is a co-founder of the In Beta project and previously the founder and editor of the Open Physio journal. He is currently the Associate Professor for Digital Innovation in the School of Health and Social Care at the University of Lincoln in the UK. His research focus is the use of digital technologies and their influence on teacher and student relationships as part of teaching and learning practice. In his PhD Michael evaluated the use of technology-mediated practices for clinical education and led to the development of design principles for blended learning environments in the health professions. Michaels current research interests include the role of critical digital pedagogy in online and blended learning, as well as the increasing implications of artificial intelligence and machine learning in higher and professional education. In Michaels personal blog  he collates a lot of what he is working on with AI.

Wednesday, 3 July 2024
(one day workshop)
Building a discussion framework for integrating AI into physiotherapy education and practice

This workshop is integral of a multi-phase process and not a pre-conference course in the strict sense. It is part of a conference event series to advance inclusive dialogue on how generative AI might shape the future of the physiotherapy profession. The aim of this event series, is to promote inclusive discussion through participatory activities spanning the timeframe before, during and after the conference.

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Workshop places are limited.
Please write us an e-mail ( with a few sentences on what interests and motivates you to participate including your current practice/research/education context to the workshop.


Jeremy Lewis PhD FCSP

Jeremy Lewis is a Consultant Physiotherapist and Professor of Musculoskeletal Research at the University of Limerick, Ireland. He was born in New Zealand and trained in Australia. He works in the UK National Health Service and has been awarded a Fellowship of the Chartered Society of Physiotherapy, which is the highest award the CSP can offer. He has been acknowledged as an eminent clinician in his profession. Clinically, Jeremy assesses and supports people presenting with complex shoulder problems. Jeremy has also trained as a sonographer and performs ultrasound guided shoulder injections.

Tuesday to Wednesday,
2-3 July 2024
(two day course)
The shoulder: Theory & practice course

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Pieter Westerhuis, B.PT, PT OMTsvomp®, IMTA Principal Instruktor

Pieter completed his training as a physiotherapist in Holland in 1981. Shortly afterwards he moved to Switzerland and has since worked in a number of hospitals and physiotherapy practices in Switzerland. Pieter qualified as a teacher with the International Maitland Teachers Association (IMTA) in 1988 and became a Senior Teacher in 1991. He has been a Principal IMTA Teacher since 1997. Pieter has published numerous articles and book chapters on various topics. Currently Pieter continues to work in private practice in Langendorf, Switzerland, and teaches postgraduate manipulative therapy in Switzerland, Italy, Spain, Poland, the Netherlands, Germany and Austria. He is particularly interested in the treatment of cervical headaches, cervical instability, whiplash-associated disorders and shoulder instability/impingement syndrome.

Tuesday to Wednesday,
2-3 July 2024
(two day course)
Assessment and Management of Patients with cervical problems - instability or not?

The focus of this 2-day seminar is on the assessment and management of patients with cervical symptoms in which concerns about structural stability and/or motor control impairment play an important role.

The clinical presentation will be discussed with many patient examples.

With the physical assessment the main emphasis will be on

  • Specific analysis of active movements
  • Specific PPIVMs of the upper cervical spine
  • Specific ligamentous integrity tests (e.g. alar and transverse ligament and tectorial membrane)
  • Functional instability (MCI) tests of the cervical spine

The importance of an overall management programme will be outlined.

However due to time constraints the practical part of the treatment will focus on the role of passive mobilisation.

Throughout the seminar the focus will be on the clinical and practical aspects with many video clips of patients.



Post-conference-courses - 7 July 2024

Annina Schmid & Jenny Ward

Prof Annina Schmid is a Specialist Musculoskeletal Physiotherapist and a Neuroscientist affiliated with the Nuffield Department of Clinical Neurosciences at Oxford University in the UK. She leads the Neuromusculoskeletal Health and Science Lab ( which uses a translational and interdisciplinary approach to study the pathophysiology of neuromusculoskeletal conditions with the ultimate goal to improve management for patients. Annina has a particular interest in entrapment neuropathies and neuropathic pain and the development of precision therapy for these patients.  She has trained over 25 scientists and clinicians in her lab and maintains a strong international collaborative network.

Annina has published her work in leading clinical and basic science journals and regularly presents her work at national and international meetings. Her research contributions have been recognised by the award of several prizes (most recently the Emerging Leaders Prize in Pain Research, Medical Research Foundation) and competitive fellowships. She was the first allied health professional to win a prestigious Clinical Research Career Development Fellowship from the Wellcome Trust.

In addition to her research activities, Dr Schmid teaches postgraduate courses related to pain and neuroscience internationally. She also maintains a weekly caseload as a specialist musculoskeletal Physiotherapist both privately and in the NHS. Further information can be found at

Jenny Ward is a Consultant MSK Physiotherapist at Kent community NHS foundation trust.  Her clinical work involves advanced practice management of MSK conditions in both orthopaedic and primary care settings.  Jenny completed an NIHR Pre doctoral clinical academic fellowship in 2023 and has a keen interest in the management of neuropathic low back pain and sciatica,  She recently completed a systematic review and meta-analysis on the role of neuropathic pain medication for people with this condition.  Jenny has also contributed to several book chapters exploring the contemporary assessment and management of nerve related musculoskeletal pan. Jenny has worked as chair of the Surrey and Sussex Council for Allied health professionals in Research and is a keen advocate for translating research into practice.   She also supports the CSP consultant professional network in her role as treasurer. 


Chris Mercer

Consultant Physiotherapist University Hospitals Sussex NHS Trust
Co-Chair National Consultant Physiotherapy network
Co-Chair National MSK Partnership Group

Chris is a Consultant physiotherapist based at University Hospitals Sussex Trust on the South Coast of the UK. He has a particular interest in Advanced Practice roles and serious pathology of the spine, particularly Cauda Equina Syndrome. He is current co-chair of the UK National Physiotherapy Consultant network and is past Chair of the Musculoskeletal Association of Chartered Physiotherapists. Alongside his clinical work, he has recently worked as National Lead for the Primary and Community Musculoskeletal workstream of the #Best MSK Health programme 

Sunday, 7 July 2024
(one day course)
"Do you have a gut feeling about this?" - visceral causes of musculoskeletal symptoms 

This course will explore visceral pathologies that can mimic or masquerade as musculoskeletal issues. We will explore where internal organs can refer pain to, and learn about symptoms to look at for that might indicate a visceral cause for a person's pain. 

There will be the chance to learn how to examine the abdomen and how to interpret your findings, as well as discussing how to manage onward referral.

Real life case studies will be discussed throughout the day to bring the theory to life!


Ben Darlow

Dr Ben Darlow is a Musculoskeletal Physiotherapy Specialist based in Wellington, New Zealand.
Ben completed his undergraduate physiotherapy degree at the University of Otago in 1998, and his Masters of Sports Physiotherapy at Curtin University in Perth, Australia in 2003. Ben completed his doctorate in 2014, focusing on the assessment and management of back pain.
Ben is involved with research and teaching at the University of Otago’s medical school in Wellington, and clinical practice at Capital Sports Medicine. Key focuses of Ben's research are back pain, osteoarthritis and enhancing collaboration between health professionals

Sunday, 7 July 2024
(one day course)
Building the path to recovery from back pain: connection, curiosity, communication, and collaborative co-construction

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Prof. Duncan Reid

School of Clinical Science, Department of Physiotherapy
Faculty of Health and Environmental Sciences, Auckland University of Technology, NZ

Duncan is a Professor of Physiotherapy within the Faculty of Health and Environmental Science, Auckland University of Technology. Duncan has over 42years of clinical experience in Musculoskeletal and Sports Physiotherapy. He is the programme leader for the Doctor of Health Science, Sports and Exercise Physiotherapy and co programme leader for the Advanced Musculoskeletal Physiotherapy paper at AUT. His main areas of research interest are Sports Injury Incidence, Concussion, Injury Prevention, Movement Screening and Advanced Musculoskeletal Management. He has taught extensively nationally and internationally on safety and comfort of manual therapy to the cervical spine. Duncan has been a member of the IFOMPT executive and former Vice President. He is currently the chair of the Advisory Group on Membership Development for IFOMPT. He has published over 200 peer review papers and is a deputy Editor for the Journal of Manual and Manipulative Therapy and on the editorial boards of Musculoskeletal; Science and Practice and JOSPT. He is a Fellow of the New Zealand College of Physiotherapy and a life member of NZ Manipulative Physiotherapists Association (NZMPA), Physiotherapy NZ and IFOMPT.

Sunday, 7 July 2024
(one day course)
Clinical reasoning to enhance high velocity thrust techniques (HVT) in the spine, from theory to practice
Course participants should have completed some form of post graduate manual therapy course and must be familiar with the fundamentals of HVT. No certification for proof needed.