• Location: Champions Room - Melbourne Sports Centre, 30 Aughtie Drive, Albert Park 3206

Due to COVID-19 and the surrounding restrictions in place in Victoria, Fouttes, Flips and Flutes: Managing the Performing Artist has been postponed. We will be announcing a new date in the coming weeks. We apologise for any inconvenience this may have caused.

Have you ever wondered how to treat an acrobat who performs death defying tricks, a dancer who just wasnt improving? How do you address an injury in a musician, whose livelihood is tied to their playing? Join our 3 expert presenters Emma Joukadjian (Circus), Dr Jason Lam (Dance) and Karen Fitt (Musicians) as they dive into the world of Performing Arts and how you manage these unique elite athletes. 

This interactive workshop will also feature 3 performances to show delegates just how much goes into disciplines involved in performing arts and how Physiotherapists, Chiropractors, Osteopaths and Strength and Conditioning Coaches play such a vital role in keeping these athletes at the top of their field.

This event will be only available face to face at the venue, there will be no recording available. 

SMA Members – $25

Non Members – $75 




Emma has extensive experience in the circus arts, gymnastic, dance, elite sports and athletic worlds. Her focus is on stability and holistic treatment with a collaborative team approach to athlete/artist loading and control. Emma is physiotherapist for the Australian Mens Artistic Gymnastics’ team, Trampolining and been physiotherapist for Australian Rhythmic Gymnastics team. She has worked internationally at World Championships, World Cups and Pacific Rim FIG competitions. She is Physiotherapist for the Victorian MAG, Trampolining and Acro Gymnastics teams at the Annual Australian Gymnastics Championships and Physiotherapist for the Victorian Men’s Artistic Gymnastics High Performance Program.

Emma is also a contracted Cirque du Soleil Physiotherapist and has worked internationally with Corteo, Quidam, Saltimbanco, Kooza, Kurios, Toruk, Ovo and Totem. She was physiotherapist for international circus groups- Cirque Le Noir, Cirque Stratosphere, Circus1903 and Compagnia Finzi Pasca’s La Verita in Melbourne, for local groups Flying fruit circus and Gravity and other myths and was also physiotherapist for Cirque Eloize ‘ID’ in Singapore.
Emma was the Supervising Physiotherapist for the Disney’s -The Lion King Australian Tour and was the company physiotherapist for Disney’s -The Lion King and the A Chorus Line tour in Singapore.

Throughout her career, Emma has proudly worked with Melbourne Commonwealth Games (Hockey), Melbourne Football Club (AFL), Melbourne Tigers (NBL), NSWIS Swim team- Victorian Open Swim Championships, high performance gymnastics (MLC) and Rowing Australia (MUBC). She is a Senior Physiotherapist at MPPFG in St Kilda. She lives in Melbourne and is very happy and be working in the acrobatic and physical performance worlds that she loves.

Dr Jason Lam has over two decades of experience working in the performing arts space at an elite level. He was formerly a professional dancer with Sydney Dance Company, Tasdance, Opera Australia as well as performing as an independent artist before retiring and studying medicine. He has also taught at Company level and general public at Sydney Dance Company Open Classes and at local ballet schools around Australia from children to adults. He is the Crichton Dance Medicine Fellow at the Australian Ballet and Orchestra Victoria where he looks after the dancers and musicians. Jason holds a Masters in Sports Medicine, a Diploma of Child Health and is a Fellow of the Royal Australian College of General Practice.

In addition to his interest in performing artists, Jason is the team doctor for the Sandringham Zebras VFL team and has also worked with Carlton VFLW, Combat Sports Victoria and was part of the Medical Team at the Gold Coast Commonwealth Games 2018. He is actively involved in medical education and research and has presented and published widely around dance medicine, hand injury, medical education and chronic pain. He is undertaking further specialisation in Sport and Exercise Medicine with the Australian College of Sport and Exercise Physicians. He is passionate about providing expert, comprehensive care to performers, athletes and anyone seeking to optimise their performance and be active. He works closely with physios, allied health and surgeons to keep artists healthy and performing at their best.

Outside of medicine, he has a toddler with his long suffering wife; he rides his mountain bike with more enthusiasm than skill and makes dreadfully pretentious short films

After 30 rewarding years of hand therapy practice, Karen now uses her experience and knowledge to create an environment at Melbourne Hand Rehab for optimal healing for our patients and rewarding careers for our talented team. Karen provides strong leadership and training to our growing team and hopes to help more people by paying forward her expertise to those with a whole career of helping ahead of them. Karen’s goal is to provide the best clinical environment conducive to providing exceptional treatment and ideal outcomes for all of our patients

Registration for this event is ESSENTIAL.

SMA Members – $25

Non Members – $75