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OA&IS Webinars

Throughout the year, Össur Academy hosts live online webinars, covering a range of topics. Please go to our Academy Online Trainings page for full details and registration information about upcoming webinars. We will continually update with new session details as they become available.

Prior to each webinar, we will upload all files and videos for you to download in preparation. Following each session, the presentation and recording of the webinar will be available to download and view in your own time.

August 2019 Webinar: Spinal Fractures, Conservative Management and Overcoming Tyranny of Distance for Managing Rural Patients

Presented by Dr Ryan Gallagher, Physiotherapist, this presentation explores some of the issues and challenges faced in managing patients who have suffered a spinal fracture living in rural and remote regions, including challenges faced in receiving timely and appropriate care. The presentation draws on experiences, knowledge and processes that Dr Gallagher has employed to improve the clinical outcomes for patients with spinal fractures requiring conservative management with a spinal orthosis, and the role that technology, such as telehealth, can play in managing rural and regional patients.

About Dr Ryan Gallagher:
Dr Gallagher is a Physiotherapist with 10 years’ experience working in Neurosurgery, with numerous journal publications in Physiotherapy, Neurosurgery and spinal fracture management. Dr Gallagher is an affiliated researcher with the Hunter Medical Research Institute and currently works as an advanced practice Physiotherapist in the Neurosurgical Clinic at the John Hunter Hospital in NSW. His research interests include research which improves models of care and the quality of care for patients needing Neurosurgical input.

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April 2019 Webinar: Medical Imaging and Conservative Management of Common Fractures

Presented by Xavier Yu, Radiologist, and Robert Vragovski, Orthopaedic Technologist, this webinar covers medical imaging of simple fractures including how to analyse x-rays, MRIs and effectively read a radiologist’s report. This webinar also covers the conservative management of simple fractures in upper and lower limbs including casting techniques, time frames of healing, force application for best management of common fractures and tips and tricks from a clinician who has treated thousands of fracture patients.

About Xavier Yu:
Based in Melbourne, Xavier (MBBS/BA FRANZCR) is a Radiologist in General Radiology at St Vincent's Hospital, Western Health and Barwon Health (Geelong) in public practice, for Capital Radiology in Somerville and works for Everlight Radiology (Teleradiology). Xavier is also a reader for Monash and NorthWest BreastScreen. He is a current member of the RANZCR Victorian Branch Committee and Diagnostic Economics Committee. Xavier's special interests in radiology include musculoskeletal imaging, breast imaging, health advocacy, clinical governance and education.

About Robert Vragovski:
A Senior Orthopaedic Technologist at the Royal Melbourne Hospital, Rob has over 20 years of experience working in casting, including hosting casting workshops nationally and internationally. Rob also lectures at LaTrobe University and Monash University and has presented plastering workshops for General Practitioners rurally and regionally. Rob is the current treasurer of Australian Institute of Orthopaedic Technologists and a member of National American Orthopaedic Technologists.

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October 2018 Webinar: Diagnosing and Treating Medial Knee Pain

Medial collateral ligament injuries are among the most commonly diagnosed sports injuries. It is however important to realise that not all medial knee pain is caused by injuries to this ligament. In this webinar, Mark Fulcher, Sport and Exercise Physician at Axis, New Zealand, discusses an approach to the assessment and management of medial knee pain with a specific focus on the medial collateral ligament. The treatment of isolated medial ligament injuries, as well as multi-ligament injuries is also reviewed.

About Mark Fulcher:
Mark Fulcher (MBChB, MMedSci, FACSEP) is a Sport and Exercise Physician at Axis, New Zealand. Mark is currently the Medical Director at New Zealand Football and Team Doctor for the All Whites, Football Ferns (NZ Women’s Team) and the Northern Mystics netball team. Mark contributes to Sports Medicine education as a regular guest lecturer at universities and Sports Medicine meetings around New Zealand. Mark has a special interest in injury prevention and the treatment of concussion.

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March 2018 Webinar: A Review of Össur’s Spinal Interest Group Meeting 2018

A review of Össur’s Spinal Interest Group Meeting 2018 including the complete presentation of special guest presenter, Mr. Greg Etherington, Consultant Spine Surgeon at The Alfred Hospital - “Treatment of stable and unstable fractures of the spine - diagnosis and treatment considerations”.

About Greg:
Greg Etherington completed his Orthopaedic training in 1999 in Sydney, before undertaking Spine Fellowships in London from 2000-2002 at Royal Orthopaedic Hospital (Stanmore), Great Ormond Street Children’s Hospital (London) and National Hospital for Neurology and Neurosurgery (London). Greg continued to work in London from 2002-2007 as a Spine Surgery Consultant at the UCLH Trust, before moving to Spine Service in Sydney in 2007. In 2011, Greg was appointed as Spine Surgery Consultant at The Alfred Hospital and Epworth Hospital in Melbourne.

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November 2017 Webinar: Practical Application and Management of Halo Orthoses



Presented by Gavin Burchall, Manager of Orthotic & Prosthetic Department at the Alfred Hospital, this webinar provides a practical overview of Halo orthoses, including Halo selection, application techniques, and review protocols.

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August 2017 Webinar: Developments in the Management of PCL and Multi-ligament Knee Injuries



Presented by Luke O’Brien, Vice President of Clinical Physical Therapy in Vail and the Rehabilitation Coordinator for Dr. Richard Steadman, and Christopher Wallis, CPO and Össur APAC Clinical and Education Manager, this webinar discusses developments in the management of PCL injuries, including multi-ligament knee injuries with PCL involvement. The webinar explores the clinical presentation of PCL injuries, recent literature, treatment options, and the rehabilitation of PCL injuries utilising Össur’s Rebound® PCL brace.

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May 2017 Webinar: Management of Degenerative Meniscal Tears



Presented by Christopher Wallis, CPO, this webinar discusses the management of meniscal injuries, with a focus on degenerative meniscal tears. It explores the presentation and prevalence of meniscal injuries, treatment options, recent literature demonstrating a shift in treatment strategy, and a clinically proven treatment option for degenerative meniscus tears and knee OA.

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