Skip navigation

Spinal Interest Group Sydney

The Spinal Interest Group is a multidisciplinary group created to foster education, discussion, research and collaboration in spinal orthotics care. Spinal Interest Group meetings are open to practitioners involved in spinal orthotics care and have typically had a high focus on Halo management.

The SIG2018 Sydney Meeting was held on 10 August 2018 at Courtyard by Marriott in North Ryde.


We were delighted to have Tim Burke, Senior Orthotist at The Alfred, as one of our presenters at SIG2018 Sydney. The Alfred is Australasia’s largest major trauma centre. The Orthotic Department at The Alfred has the largest caseload of Halo Thoracic patients in Australia, fitting approximately 80 Halos yearly. Tim has had over 9 years experience in Trauma and Spinal Management and has worked across both acute and sub acute campus; working in Aged Care, Rehabilitation and ABI Rehabilitation. Prior to his current position at the Alfred, Tim has also worked in private practice with OAPL and publically at the Royal Children’s Hospital in both a clinical role and a technical role.

Rod Cooper, BPO(Hons), cOP-AOPA, GAICD, also joined as a presenter at SIG2018 Sydney. Rod’s interest in Halo management began through supervision of P&O honors students during his time at La Trobe University. He has been actively involved in spinal training for Össur for the past 10 years, specialising in Halo clinical support and running of Spinal Interest Group Meetings. He is currently the Director of Össur Australia's OA & Injury Solutions Division.

The Program

To view the full SIG2018 Sydney Program, please click on the link below.

Download the SIG2018 Sydney Program

SIG2018 Sydney Presentations

Click on the links below to view the presentations shared at SIG2018 Sydney.

Fitting Practical Session Presentation with Tim Burke

Austin Health Halo Patient Review Record

Austin Health Patient Transfer Document

Austin Health Review Appointment Form

SIG2018 Pin Survey Results Presentation with Rod Cooper