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Welcome to A Neuro Physio Podcast. Erin and Matt chat openly with experienced people in the neuro physio world. We highlight the personal story and career pathway of our guests as they share clinical pearls applicable to modern neurological physio practice.

A Neuro Physio Podcas‪t‬ Matt Wingfield & Erin Bicknell

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Welcome to A Neuro Physio Podcast. Erin and Matt chat openly with experienced people in the neuro physio world. We highlight the personal story and career pathway of our guests as they share clinical pearls applicable to modern neurological physio practice.

    Melissa McConaghy - PD Warrior

    Melissa McConaghy - PD Warrior

    PD Warrior creator Melissa tells us lots about Parkinson's Disease, how she developed her renowned private practice Advanced Rehab Centre and the PD Warrior program, about becoming a physio entrepreneur, and why she doesn't feel pressure to conduct research.

    2.22 - Intro
    3.37 - Career pathway
    4.20 - Developing PD Warrior
    6.10 - PD Warrior framework (4 Pillars)
    11.22 - Home practice
    15.20 - PD Warrior courses
    16.55 - Education for self management
    18.38 - Exercise mainstream in PD
    22.31 - Clinical expert vs research
    24.47 - PD Warrior in Parkinson's Plus
    27.28 - Liaising with neurologists
    28.54 - PD medications & when to exercise
    30.14 - Developing Advanced Rehab Centre
    32.41 - Entrepreneurship in physiotherapy
    37.00 - Passion & drive
    37.31 - Neuro physio specialisation
    40.15 - Peer review in practice
    42.10 - Employing the right people
    43.40 - Doing media
    45.21 - Lexo Robotic Gait Trainer

    • 50 min
    Ettie Ben-Shabat - Brain Imaging

    Ettie Ben-Shabat - Brain Imaging

    2:30 - Intro
    2:59 - Career pathway
    4:20 - Clinical Mentor
    9:00 - PhD
    12:30 - Brain Imaging: Function vs Structural
    17:35 - What can we read from brain imaging?
    21:00 - Using brain imaging to inform clinical choices
    22:00 - Case studies discussion using neuroimaging
    28:05 - TMS and current implications to practice
    30:10 - Clinical relevance of imaging findings
    33:55 - Learning brain imaging
    41:40 - Radiologists vs Rehab Clinician's perspective of imaging
    42:30 - Brain imaging PD courses
    44:00 - Teaching techniques
    46:40 - You don't need to have it all planned out!
    49:55 - Research, Clinical and Teaching: wearing different hats

    • 52 min
    Sonia Denisenko - Masters of Public Health, Principal Policy Officer, Health System Design

    Sonia Denisenko - Masters of Public Health, Principal Policy Officer, Health System Design

    We talk about her varied career journey - Sonia has had about 5 careers as clinician, researcher, project manager, educator and in public health. She explains in detail her career trajectory, taking advantage of tangents, how a Masters of Public Health and volunteering with the Australian Physiotherapy Association supported her path. Sonia also touches on what skills physios do and don't bring to public health roles and we get some insights into life at the Department of Health during the pandemic. Finally, Sonia describes her legacy at the Victorian Clinical Stroke Network establishing vital stroke units and telemedicine, and a few tips on QI cycles!

    1.21 - Intro
    1.43 - Career pathway
    6.40 - Neuro Outcome Measures Manual - Physios 6+ years in Melbourne/Australia will remember!
    11.30 - Working at the Victorian Department of Health
    12.06 - Australian Physio Association Committee & Titling as an APA Neuro Physio
    13.14 - Masters of Public Health, PhD or MBA?
    15.55 - Skills physios bring to public health
    19.00 - Sonia's average day post COVID
    20.55 - Establishing community day-hospitals in Victoria
    22.50 - Sonia's average day pre COVID
    27.01 - Remote working before COVID
    28.33 - Victorian Clinical Stroke Network - 10 stroke units across Victoria, Telemedicine to improve regional care access, scholarship program
    33.30 - APA Neurology Committee - broadening perspectives
    35.37 - Interested in a public health career?
    38.03 - Safer Care Victoria, Opportunities for secondments
    40.16 - Quality Improvement Methodology

    • 46 min
    Professor Suzanne Kuys - Clinical Masters & Research Higher Degree tips, Stroke Rehab

    Professor Suzanne Kuys - Clinical Masters & Research Higher Degree tips, Stroke Rehab

    Professor Suzanne Kuys is the National Head, School of Allied Health at Australian Catholic University. She runs the Masters of Rehabilitation programs available in Neuro Physio, Gero Physio, OT and SP. This episode features the Masters and Undergrad courses at ACU, the 'average' day in the life of an academic, Suzanne's research interests in stroke rehabilitation, and of course her career pathway. Suzanne also shares some expert tips for those thinking about a PhD or other research higher degree.
    2.34 - Intro
    2.53 - Career pathway
    5.40 - Queensland Health Advanced Clinician
    9.40 - Starting PhD - Increasing active therapy using a treadmill
    14.25 - Demonstrating to physios that treadmills are beneficial for gait training
    18.55 - Current research - the IMPACT trials. High intensity treadmill training for fitness & self management
    21.55 - The PhD journey
    24.02 - Where to start when you're thinking about doing research - get talking to people
    26.31 - Ideas for contacting research mentors
    28.00 - Average work day
    31.06 - Moving from clinical to academia
    36.59 - Undergraduate Physio courses at ACU
    38.06 - Master of Rehabilitation programs at ACU
    43.22 - Some of Suzanne's current honours and PhD student research

    • 48 min
    Michelle Shannon - Architecture in Healthcare

    Michelle Shannon - Architecture in Healthcare

    Have you given much thought to how the environment influences the recovery from acquired brain injuries? Michelle Shannon has! Michelle chats to us about her story and where she finds herself now, thinking in depth about the hospital environment - sights, sounds and all the other things we clinicians don't always think about.
    1:33 - Intro
    2:54 - Pathway to PhD
    7:10 - Building up experience in research
    12:31 - How can the environment influence outcomes?
    17:44 - Flexible furnishings
    19:39 - What patient groups is this relevant for?
    20:29 - Living lab model
    21:57 - Giving patients environmental options
    25:11 - What can we change now?
    28:17 - Changing the environment in outpatient care
    29:40 - Physios doing too much for their patients
    31:58 - Affordance of the environment to encourage interaction
    33:28 - Opportunities for social, cognitive and physical rehab
    36:05 - Mental practice & Observing other people
    37:15 - Single room designs
    40:58 - Architect knowledge in designing hospitals

    • 45 min
    Brendon Haslam - Pain in Neurology

    Brendon Haslam - Pain in Neurology

    If you're interested in pain in neurological pathologies then this episode will fill up your CPD bucket. Brendon Haslam is soon to complete his PhD in chronic UL pain post stroke, is part of the faculty of educators at the renowned NOI group, and works clinically in private neuro practice. Topics in this podcast cover recognition of pain in the neuro population, pain beliefs of stroke survivors, role of somatosensory deficits, principles of intervention, and of course, Brendon's career pathway.

    1.55 - Intro
    2.20 - Career pathway
    8.20 - Is pain under recognised in the neuro population
    11.43 - Prevalence & beliefs about pain in stroke population & PhD
    15.59 - Educating stroke survivors about pain
    17.29 - Should we be so cautious of hemiplegic shoulders?
    19.00 - Principles of intervention for pain in the neuro population
    21.02 - Somatosensory retraining early post stroke.
    22.43 - Risk profiling chronic pain post stroke
    24.30 - Redefine pain
    26.15 - Pain neuroscience education
    27.03 - Resources for clinicians to educate themselves & patients
    28.24 - Somatosensation, body schema & pain
    31.49 - Concept of negative neuroplastic adaptation
    33.30 - NOI workshops
    35.49 - Empowering patients to question their therapists
    37.26 - Reward based learning & positive neuroplastic change
    40.12 - Upcoming NOI courses
    40.51 - Complex regional pain syndrome
    46.12 - Somatosensation clinics in Australia

    • 49 min

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