Neurology, Spine and the Injured Worker

Tuesday 28th May 2019
Craig’s Royal Hotel 10 Lydiard St S, Ballarat East VIC 3350
6:30 PM - 9:30 PM

GP Symposium Series 2019

Writing Medical Reports for Personal Injury Lawyers- Pearls and Pitfalls

Professor Richard Bittar, Neurosurgeon & Spinal Surgeon

Managing Workcover and TAC patients can be extremely challenging and time-consuming. Medical report requests are commonly received, and treating doctor reports often play a key role in the legal process. Sometimes doctors are called to Court to give evidence, and this can be stressful and daunting. This talk covers the important aspects of spinal pathology as it relates to third-party compensable injuries; construction of an accurate, robust and understandable medical report; and key elements of preparation and approach to the delivery of evidence in Court as an Expert Witness.

Learning outcomes

1. Identify the range of constitutional and acquired spinal pathologies, and the frequent interplay between the two
2. Assess the key features of a quality medical report, and how to construct these efficiently
3. Recognise the role of the GP as an Expert Witness in Court, and some simple strategies to navigate such an appearance

Back Pain and Sciatica- Contemporary Management

Dr Mohammed Awad, Neurosurgeon and Spinal Surgeon

Back pain and sciatica are best treated in an integrated, team-based fashion. This seminar brings together the latest evidence and treatment options in 2019. Recognition of common and sinister causes of back pain, understanding the role of diagnostic blocks and surgery, appreciation of the latest surgical advances (including robotic spinal surgery and patient-specific implants), and identification of important post-operative complications after discharge are the key elements of this interactive presentation.

Learning outcomes

1. Recognise the common, rare and sinister causes of back pain and sciatica, clinically and with MRI
2. Assess the role of diagnostic blocks and advanced spinal surgical techniques

Motor Neurone Disease

Dr Shahram Sadeghi, Rehabilitation Physician

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

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.


Craig’s Royal Hotel
10 Lydiard St S, Ballarat East VIC 3350


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