Spine, Pain Management and the Injured Worker: 2019 Update 12 June

Wednesday 12th June 2019
Railway Hotel 65 Gingell St, Castlemaine VIC 3450
6:30 PM - 9:00 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 Hazem Akil, Neurosurgeon & 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
3. Identify important post-operative complications following discharge from hospital

Complex Regional Pain Syndrome and Neuropathic Pain

Dr Symon McCallum, Pain Specialist and Anaesthetist

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
2. Identify the pharmacological and other non-interventional treatment options available
3. Recognise the role of blocks, neuromodulation and other interventional therapeutic approaches

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.


Railway Hotel
65 Gingell St, Castlemaine VIC 3450


To RSVP, fill out the quick form below by Monday 10th June 2019.