Parkinson’s, Scoliosis, Pain management and More – 24 June

Monday 24th June 2019
Empire Grill 66 McKillop St, Geelong VIC 3220
6:30 PM - 9:30 PM

GP Symposium Series 2019

Neurosurgery for Parkinson’s, Tremor and Tourette’s- Recent advances

Professor Richard Bittar, Neurosurgeon & Spinal Surgeon

The treatment of these conditions has been revolutionised by the advent of deep brain stimulation. The field is evolving rapidly and this seminar aims to bring you up to date with the current indications for surgery, expected outcomes, and tips for the management of these patients after surgery.

Learning outcomes

1. Identify the main clinical features of Parkinson’s, Essential tremor, and Tourette’s syndrome
2. Appreciate the technical aspects and principles of deep brain stimulation
3. Recognise the indications for deep brain stimulation, as well as the expected outcomes

Adult Scoliosis- Investigation and Treatment. When is Surgery Indicated?

Mr Greg Etherington, Spine & Scoliosis Surgeon

As the population ages, spinal problems in general, and degenerative scoliosis specifically, are becoming more common. Management of patients with back pain and/or leg pain in the setting of radiological scoliosis can be difficult and, in many cases, treacherous. The presentation of adult scoliosis, its investigation and treatment are reviewed. The complementary role of non-surgical and surgical treatment is discussed, together with the consideration which may lead to a surgical recommendation.

Learning outcomes

1. Assess the presentation, clinical findings and treatment options for spinal deformities in adults.
2. Identify the appropriate investigations which assist in making an accurate diagnosis.
3. Understand the role of multidisciplinary management of patients with adult scoliosis

Complex Regional Pain Syndrome and Neuropathic Pain

Dr Symon MacCallum, Pain Specialist

Complex regional pain syndrome can occur in a variety of settings- from mild tissue injury to major surgery. It can be difficult to diagnose and treat. Early identification and treatment is critical. Neuropathic pain can similarly occur in a variety of clinical contexts and can also be difficult to manage. This presentation covers the key clinical features of these pain syndromes, as well as the range of contemporary treatment options.

1. Assess the key clinical features of complex regional pain syndrome and neuropathic pain.

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.


Empire Grill
66 McKillop St, Geelong VIC 3220


To RSVP, fill out the quick form below by Friday 21st June 2019.