Neurology, Spine and Pelvic Pain 5 June

Wednesday 5th June 2019
Centonove 109 Cotham Rd, Kew, VIC 3101
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 Ali Kian Mehr, Physical Medicine and 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

Chronic Pelvic Pain

Dr Meena Mittal, Pain Specialist and Anaesthetist

About 1 in 5 women in Australia suffer from persistent pelvic pain. Persistent pelvic pain is a complex condition with multiple aetiologies involving one or more organ systems. Pelvic pain disorders significantly disrupt quality of life and cause huge societal and financial burdens for a large percentage of our population. Delays in early intervention and diagnosis create unnecessary far-reaching problems. Current services are at best fragmentary and piecemeal and there is a large gap between best evidence and practice.

1. Discuss the Impact of Persistent Pelvic Pain to our society.
2. Discuss possible aetiologies and diagnostic processes for persistent pelvic pain.
3. Assess role of Interventional pain management and Neuromodulation.

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.


109 Cotham Rd,
Kew, VIC 3101


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