• Location: Melbourne Sports Centre, 10 Brens Drive, Parkville, VIC 3052

On behalf of the Victorian State Council, Sports Medicine Australia proudly presents our upcoming in-person Sporting Foot and Ankle Symposium.  

De-mystify foot and ankle injuries with our brilliant lineup of clinicians and researchers presenting at this one-day event. This symposium will help to improve your understanding of foot and ankle injuries, improve your differential diagnosis and clinical reasoning skills, and equip you with the tools to rehabilitate your patients and athletes back to their highest performing level. 

Confirmed speakers for this symposium are Sally Child, Dr Jill Cook, Dr Ebonie Rio, Stuart Imer, Gary Johnstone, Matthew Bull, Sophie Emery, Rick Osler.

Topics will include a range of practical and theoretical information focused on simple and complex ankle sprains, Achilles tendinopathy, posterior ankle pain, plantar heel, mid and forefoot pain, optimisation of foot function, running mechanics and training of ankle/foot stiffness.  

This is a face-to-face full-day event, taking place at the Melbourne Sports Centre.

Early bird pricing is available till 26 August!

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Please visit our ‘Registration’ tab to view pricing options. Full-day program available in the ‘Program’ tab.

Upon booking a calendar link will be available to save to your time zone. 

0800 – 0855 Registration
0855 – 0900 Welcome
0900 – 0945 Anteromedial and posterior ankle instability – knowledge review and update Stuart Imer
0945 – 1030 Clinical presentations of common plantar heel, midfoot and forefoot injuries Sally Child
1030 – 1100 Morning Tea
1100 – 1130 Sporting assessment of ankle and foot injuries Sophie Emery
1130 – 1200 Achilles tendinopathy – knowledge review and update Dr Jill Cook
1200 – 1230 Differential diagnosis of posterior ankle pain Dr Ebonie Rio
1230 – 1330 Lunch
1330 – 1400 Optimisation of athlete foot and ankle function in the early stages of rehabilitation Sophie Emery
1400 – 1430 Syndesmosis injury – management and outcomes of the ‘high ankle’ sprain Stuart Imer
1430 – 1515 End stage ankle instability rehabilitation and determinants of readiness to return to play Rick Osler
1515 – 1545 Afternoon Tea
1545 – 1615 Rehabilitation and management of Achilles tendinopathy Dr Ebonie Rio
1615 – 1645 Understanding the theory of running mechanics analysis Matthew Bull & Gary Johnstone
1645 – 1715 Practical assessment of running mechanics and cueing to address pathology Matthew Bull & Gary Johnstone
1715 – 1730 Wrap Up


Sally joined the Olympic Park Sports Medicine Centre team in 2001. Sally was awarded a first class honours in her under graduate studies at La Trobe University and won the Young Investigator’s award at the Victorian Podiatry Conference in the year 2000. Sally worked in Perth for 18 months before she made the move to OPSMC. It was in Perth that she gained valuable sporting experience working with both the Perth Wild Cats Basketball team and the AIS hockey squad. 

Sally completed her Master of Sports Medicine (by Research) at the University of Melbourne in 2010. Her research focused on Achilles tendinopathy and the mechanical behaviour of the Achilles tendon in running athletes. Her main findings were published in the American Journal of Sports Medicine. As a result of her research Sally has a special interest in the treatment of Achilles tendinopathy in both elite and recreational athletes. 

Sally’s practice interests also include lower limb biomechanics and footwear technology. She has a particular interest in Australian Rules Football, track and field athletics, recreational running and walking and the treatment of children. Sally has worked with a number of sporting teams and organisations including the Victorian Bushrangers cricket team, the Australian Ballet School, Little Athletics Victoria and the PGA. Sally has been the Podiatrist for the Richmond Football Club since 2001 and has more recently started work with the Richmond AFLW team. 

Sally’s personal sporting background is track and field athletics for which she represented Victoria as a junior. More recently she completed her first marathon and enjoys long-distance walking

Jill Cook is a professor in musculoskeletal health in the La Trobe Sport and Exercise Medicine Research Centre at La Trobe University in Melbourne Australia. Jill’s research areas include sports medicine and tendon injury. After completing her PhD in 2000, she has investigated tendon pathology, treatment options and risk factors for tendon injury. Jill currently supplements her research by conducting a specialist tendon practice and by lecturing and presenting workshops both in Australia and overseas. 

Ebonie is a post doc researcher at La Trobe University and has completed her PhD in tendon pain, Masters Sports Phys, B. Phys (Hons) and B. App Sci. Her clinical career has included Australian Institute of Sport, Australian Ballet Company, Australian Ballet School, Melbourne Heart Football Club, Alphington Sports Medicine Centre, Victorian Institute of Sport, 2006 Commonwealth Games, 2010 Vancouver Winter Olympics, 2010 Singapore Youth Olympics, 2012 London Paralympics, 18 months travelling with Disney’s The Lion King stage show (Melbourne and Shanghai tour). 

Stuart is one of Australia´s foremost physiotherapists in the treatment of Disorders of the Foot and Ankle.

Stuart has a Bachelor of Physiotherapy and a Post Graduate Diploma in Musculoskeletal Physiotherapy, and a long working association with Foot and Ankle orthopaedic surgeons. He has worked in Foot and Ankle surgical clinics for 22 years, alongside some of Australia’s leading orthopaedic surgeons. He has a wealth of experience in post-surgical rehabilitation of foot and ankle disorders and aims to be the recognized leading physiotherapist in Australia, for these treatments. 

Stuart has an ongoing commitment to developing new treatment philosophies and protocols, and to communicating this body of knowledge to associated professions. Stuart was the Team Physiotherapist to the Australian Cross Country Ski Team for 15 years and has a keen personal interest in all snow sports. These elite endurance athletes have a high tendency for overuse injuries of the lower limb. 

Stuart is a qualified Nordic Walking Instructor. He is regularly invited to give Podium Presentations, and Workshops around Australia in his field of expertise. When not treating feet, he’s out cycling, hiking, rock-climbing, surfing, and of course skiing in winter! Stuart shares his love of outdoor activity with his wife Vanessa, 3 daughters and 1 son, all of whom participate in a number of outdoors and adventure sports. 

Gary’s passion for MSK podiatry spans over 15 years working in private practice. He has a drive for improvement and competition, learning first-hand the complexities of managing his own football and running-based injuries. Gary is the consulting podiatrist with the Williamstown FC (VFL) and his proudest physical achievement is completing the Hawaii Ironman in under 9 hours and 30 mins. 

Matt graduated with a Bachelor’s degree in Podiatry and first class honours from La Trobe University. He has co-authored a paper on the effects foot orthoses have on foot plantar pressures, however he found his calling in MSK private practice. Matt is a level 2 recreational running coach and takes a holistic approach to manage athletes. He’s also a keen runner with a marathon personal best under 2 hours and 50 minutes. In 2016 Matt and Gary rebranded their podiatry businesses to form Up and Running Podiatry. Their shared mission is to ‘educate people how to move and feel better’. They achieve this together with a team of 7 podiatrists and 5 client experience staff.      

Sophie Emery joined The Australian Ballet in 2009 as a physiotherapist with a lifelong interest in dance. In 2019 Sophie was promoted to the role of rehabilitation physiotherapist, taking on a greater role in the development and implementation of rehabilitation programs and exercise prescription.

Sophie graduated from La Trobe University in 2006 with a Bachelor of Physiotherapy and completed her Masters in Sports Physiotherapy in 2013. She is committed to ongoing professional development and has conducted and presented research on the size of hip muscles in dancers compared to athletes. Sophie has presented at the International Association of Dance Medicine and Science conferences in Birmingham, UK and Houston, USA; as well as speaking nationally for the Australian Physiotherapy Association and the Victorian and South Australian Podiatry Associations. 

Rick has been a podiatrist in musculoskeletal sport for over 20 years. He is currently a podiatrist at St Kilda FC.

Additionally, Rick is a 12-time Ironman competitor, shoe brand wear tester, founder & former owner of active feet, and podiatrist for Master Fit medical program at Athletes Foot.

Early Bird until 26th August – Limited Places!

  • SMA & SEPA Members: $150 
  • Non-Member: $200 
  • SMA Student Member: $100 
  • Student Non-Member: $125

Standard pricing – commences from 27th August

  • SMA and SEPA Members: $220 
  • Non-Member: $300 
  • SMA Student Member: $120 
  • Student Non-Member: $150