Pain Management, Neurology and Spinal Surgery: 2019 Update

Tuesday 2nd April 2019
Josef Chromy Restaurant 370 Relbia Rd, Relbia TAS 7258
6:30 PM - 9:30 PM

GP Symposium Series 2019

Optimising Outcomes After Spinal Surgery

Professor Richard Bittar, Neurosurgeon & Spinal Surgeon

A range of advanced spinal surgical procedures are now used to treat a range of pathologies which have failed to respond to conservative management. These include keyhole surgery, minimally invasive surgery, robotic spinal surgery and artificial disc replacement. Whilst outcomes are improving, a number of patients either fail to benefit or lose an early benefit weeks or months later. There are numerous factors that can contribute to poor outcomes after spinal surgery, and this provides GPs and surgeons an opportunity to intervene in a way that maximises the chance of a satisfying outcome.

Learning outcomes

1. Identify the range of factors which can contribute to poor outcomes following spinal surgery
2. Recognise ways of modifying key risk factors and managing patients perioperatively in a way which improves the chance of a good outcome

Motor Neurone Disease

Dr Hazem Akil, Neurosurgeon & Spinal Surgeon

Ali Kian Mehr, Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation Specialist
The clinical presentation of motor neurone disease will be discussed, together with the key diagnostic features, differential diagnosis and electrophysiological findings. Clinical management will be reviewed

Learning outcomes

1. Recognise the common clinical presentations of motor neurone disease and the differential diagnosis
2. Identify the characteristic changes seen on nerve conduction studies and electromyography

Pain Management Masterclass – Opioid pitfalls, neuromodulation and non-interventional pain management

Dr Symon McCallum, Anaesthetist and Pain Specialist

This interactive presentation aims to identify pain management strategies, pearls and pitfalls in the treatment of individuals with acute and chronic pain. This presentation aims to guide GPs to safe and effective prescription of opioids, and provide an update on the current issues surrounding opioids. It covers the diagnosis and investigation of a range of pain syndromes, as well as the pharmacological and interventional options available.

Learning outcomes

1. Recognise the presentation and diagnosis of common pain syndromes
2. Assess the utility of spinal cord, peripheral nerve and dorsal root ganglion stimulation, and their indications
3. Identify safe strategies for opioid reduction and other pharmacological treatment options

This activity has been submitted for accreditation of 4 category 2 points, as part of the racgp qi & cpd in the 2017-2019 triennium. Activity number pending.


Josef Chromy Restaurant
370 Relbia Rd,
Relbia TAS 7258


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