• Location: Bayview Eden - 6 Queens Road, Melbourne 3004

Join us for our last major full-day symposium in Melbourne for 2019! At ‘Shouldering the Load: Breaking Down the Shoulder Complex’ you’ll come away with practical strategies for effectively managing shoulder injuries both in the clinic and pitchside.

Learn about:

  • The latest evidence and demonstration of advanced examination techniques for the sporting shoulder
  • Assessment and management of the swimming & weight-bearing shoulder
  • Assessment & management of traumatic sporting shoulder injuries
  • Efficacy of injections in the shoulder
  • Imaging of the shoulder
  • Surgical interventions for shoulder injuries
  • Diet management during injury
  • Athlete experience of shoulder injuries with Ben Daley (Melbourne Rebels)

Great opportunity to network with other allied health professionals and get your CPD points!

Earlybird discount available now until 11.59pm on 1st July 2019.

8:00am – 8:55amRegistration
8:55am – 9:00amWelcome
Basics of The Shoulder
9:00am – 9:15amAn Overview of Anatomy and Biomechanics of the ShoulderDr Rod Whiteley
9:15am – 9:35amAssessment Pearls/Advanced Examination Techniques of the ShoulderDr Rod Whiteley
9:35am – 10:05amImaging of the ShoulderDr Paul Marks
10:05am – 10:20amInjectables of the ShoulderDr Jane Fitzpatrick
10:20am – 10:40amNetworking and Coffee Break
The Sporting Shoulder
10:40am – 11:10amThe Swimming Shoulder – Common Injuries and AssessmentDr Craig Boettcher
11:10am – 11:40amSwimming Shoulder RehabKylie Holt
11:40am – 12:10pmThe Throwing Shoulder – Common Injuries and AssessmentDr Rod Whiteley
12:10pm – 12:40pmThrowing Injury RehabAlison Low
12:40pm – 1:20pmNetworking and Lunch Break
The Sporting Shoulder Continued 
1:20pm – 1:50pmThe Weight-bearing Shoulder – Common Injuries and AssessmentDr Kathy Yu
1:50pm – 2:10pmWeight-bearing Shoulder RehabKate McGillivray
2:10pm – 2:40pmThe Contact Shoulder – Common Injuries, Assessment and Immediate ManagementDr Andrew Jowett
2:40pm – 3:10pmMulti-directional Instability of the Shoulder & it’s RehabDr Sarah Warby
3:10pm – 3:30pmNetworking and Coffee Break
The Sporting Shoulder Continued 
3:30pm – 4:00pmDiet with Shoulder InjuriesDr Dominique Condo
4:00pm – 4:30pmSurgical OptionsA/Professor Greg Hoy
4:30pm – 4:40pmThe Athlete Experience of the Shoulder InjuryBen Daley
4:40pm – 5:00pmFacilitated Panel DiscussionBen Daley, A/Prof Greg Hoy, Dr Rod Whiteley
5:00pm – 5:15pmClose



Rod Whiteley is a Specialist Sports Physiotherapist whose PhD was in throwing shoulder injuries, and has spent a significant chunk of his 30 years of clinical practice in shoulder injury in baseball, rugby, handball, volleyball, and a little bit of swimming and water polo. Previously in practice in Australia, for the last 10 years he’s been a physiotherapist at Aspetar Sports Medicine Hospital in Doha, Qatar where a lot of his work has been around screening, assessment, and treatment approaches in athletes. He remains a terrible baseball player, but is quite enthusiastic about the whole thing which is remarkable given his lack of ability.

Dr Paul Marks is a radiologist specialising in sports and spinal imaging and treatment. He graduated from Monash university in 1989 with honours. He undertook his radiology training at the Austin hospital in Melbourne graduating in 2000.

After completing a dual fellowship in sports imaging in Australia and San Francisco, He worked as director of radiology at The Avenue hospital for 10 years and was founding radiologist at AAMI stadium.

Over the last 5 years he has been director of radiology at Imaging Associates Box Hill. He has worked closely with many AFL clubs and elite athletes over his career providing Game Day imaging for the Hawthorn FC over 10 years.

Dr Marks has a strong belief in education and training, lecturing extensively throughout Australia. He has run a successful fellowship program over several year and has worked closely with the Australian Physiotherapy Association. He has published numerous peer reviewed papers and overseen PhD and masters research.

Associate Professor Jane Fitzpatrick is a Sport and Exercise Medicine Physician in private practice and at the Graeme Clark Institute for Biomedical Engineering, University of Melbourne.  She has been a Fellow of the Australasian College of Sports and Exercise Medicine since 1992 and the current chair of the research committee. She was a founding member of the International Olympic Committee – Triathlon Medical Commission and the team doctor for the Australian Triathlon Team for 10 years.  Jane is currently the team physician for the Australian Cross-Country ski Team and the Medical Director for the Australian Biathlon Team. She was a member of the International Biathlon Union Medical Committee (and chair of the Therapeutic Use Exemption Committee). Jane Fitzpatrick is an experienced clinician who has seen over 25,000 musculoskeletal patients in private practice over 30 years and understands patient care delivery and translation of clinical research.

Jane was recently part of the leadership group for the APEC) project, the Australian Consensus Framework for Ethical Collaboration in the Healthcare Sector. This project is the largest of its kind in the world and brought together over 60 signatories from all sectors of healthcare including consumer organizations, hospitals, medical colleges, universities, pharmaceutical corporations and biotech industry groups. Jane and her colleagues, won the prestigious APEC Business Ethics Lighthouse Award in 2018 which recognises the significant international leadership displayed by the Australian Consensus Framework (ACF), noting the contributions Australia has made to mentoring, supporting and inspiring health leaders across the APEC membership to develop and commit to ethical practice in healthcare. She has been on international committees and medical advisory committees for multi-national medical corporations. She has demonstrated a unique ability to collaborate with consumers, clinicians, researchers, government and industry to deliver projects in the healthcare sector. She has a PhD in the area of Biological management of tendinopathy and is currently researching in tendinopathy and osteoarthritis.

Dr Craig Boettcher is a Titled Sports Physiotherapist with 26 years private practice experience. He gained his PhD in 2010 for research into shoulder muscle activity using EMG and has continued to research and publish on shoulder dysfunction, particularly ‘swimmers shoulder’, as an Honorary Associate of The University of Sydney, Faculty of Medicine & Health. Craig has worked with elite level swimmers his whole career including the Australian Swim Team for the last 12 years, attending multiple Commonwealth, World and Olympic championships. He has presented both nationally and internationally on shoulder assessment and management.

Kylie is a Senior Sports and Exercise Physiotherapist with Swimming Australia based at the Australian Institute of Sport. She has worked with the Australian Swimming Team for 10 years in addition to being part of the Australian Headquarters Team for 3 Olympics and 3 Commonwealth Games. Kylie is currently completing her PhD investigating the Pathoanatomy of an Elite Swimmers shoulder.

Alison Low is a Specialist Sports Physiotherapist (as awarded by the Australian College of Physiotherapists 2016). She travels with the Australian Athletics team and works with these athletes at the VIS. Her interest in throwing athletes has developed after working with the WAIS javelin squad in Perth.  Alison currently works at Olympic Park Sports Medicine Centre and Physio@Sandringham.

Alison previously owned her own private practice in Perth and she was a clinical tutor and lecturer on Masters programs at both Curtin University  and the University of Western Australia. She has also lectured for many years on APA level 1 and 2 Sports Courses.

Kate has completed tertiary studies in both Exercise and Sport Science (majoring in dance) and subsequently a BA of Physiotherapy, and MA of Sports Physiotherapy.

Becoming an APA titled Sports Physiotherapist in 2012, Kate has worked extensively in sports Physiotherapy at the elite level and is the current Senior Physiotherapist for the Australian Women’s Artistic Gymnastics Team and the Australian Diving Team. Her broad elite level experience also includes medical management of athletes across a wide variety of sports at the Victorian Institute of Sport, Diving Australia, AFL, Tennis Australia and dancers from the Australian Ballet.

Over the last 10 years, much of Kate’s elite sports Physiotherapy experience has been with Gymnastics Australia, travelling interstate and overseas with the team. More recently Kate accompanied the Australian team on their successful 2018 Gold Coast Commonwealth Games campaign in addition to 2017 and 2018 World Gymnastics Championships.

Kate has lectured extensively on a variety of topics for the Australian and New Zealand Pain Society, the Australian Physiotherapy Association, Australian Pilates Method Association, Gymnastics Australia and Gymnastics Victoria

Throughout her career, Kate has maintained a special interest in the use of specific exercises for biomechanical retraining, rehabilitative and specific strength and conditioning purposes. Kate began studying Pilates in 1996 and went on to complete further training through the Australian Pilates Method Association, which currently recognises her as a Level 4 Professional Practitioner.

Associate Professor Greg Hoy is an orthopaedic surgeon with a special interest in shoulder, upper limb and hand surgery.

Greg is Melbourne born and educated and completed his medical training at Monash University. After completing his surgical training, he joined the Melbourne Orthopaedic training program, and completed this in 1991. He is dual qualified as a Fellow of the Royal Australian College of Surgeons and the Australian College of Sports Physicians.

Following his orthopaedic training, he spent two and a half years in post-graduate training, both in Australia and overseas. He spent time in Fellowships with Ian Henderson in Melbourne, Sports Med SA in Adelaide, Nuffield Orthopaedic Centre in Oxford U.K., and Wrightington U.K. He also spent 6 months as a travelling Fellow, primarily in the United States and Germany.

Greg returned to Melbourne to join Melbourne Orthopaedic Group in 1993 and has been a visiting surgeon at the Alfred Hospital from 1993-2002. He is now a Senior Lecturer in the Department of Surgery of Monash University and works as a Hand and Upper Limb Surgeon at Melbourne Orthopaedic Group

His work encompasses hand and wrist surgery (including trauma), all forms of shoulder surgery and a particular interest in elbow surgery. He performs a significant amount of his surgery under arthroscopic control and has stayed at the forefront of technology with development in all aspects of upper limb surgery.

Ben Daley is a professional rugby union player for the Melbourne Rebels, having spent the last two years at the club. Previous to his time at the Rebels, he played a season for the Western Force and nine seasons for the Queensland Reds, where he was selected to represent the Wallabies from 2010-2012 and won a Super Rugby Premiership in 2011. He has amassed 97 Super Rugby Caps during a career that has unfortunately been punctuated by injury, however Ben has been able to use his time in ‘team rehab’ to pursue interests off the rugby field, with Ben being admitted to the Supreme Court of Victoria in 2018 to become a qualified legal practitioner, after having graduated with a Bachelor of Laws degree from Bond University in 2015. He is also a Player Director on the Rugby Union Player’s Association Board.

Dr Dominique Condo is an experienced Accredited Sports Dietitian, lecturer in Sports Nutrition at Deakin University and Vice President of Sports Dietitians Australia. She consults to Geelong Cats Football Club, WNBL Deakin Melbourne Boomers and in private practice, having extensive experience working with both junior and elite athletes offering nutritional support and advice.

Dominique has a special interest and experience in nutritional support for recovery and rehabilitation and the dietary management of food intolerances and disordered eating. Dominique is actively engaged in sports nutrition research, specifically in the areas of energy availability and the relationship between diet and sleep in athletes.

Dr Andrew Jowett is an experienced Sports and Exercise Physician, currently based at the Olympic Park Sports Medicine Centre in Melbourne, Victoria. A Fellow of the Australian College of Sports Physicians, Dr Jowett is an Executive Member of the AFL Medical Officers Association and the Chief Medical Officer of Football Federation Victoria. He worked as Club Doctor at the Collingwood Football Club for 14-years up to 2009, before joining Hawthorn Football Club, providing medical support. Dr Jowett has been Chairman of SMA since 2015.

Sarah Warby practices as a shoulder physiotherapist as part of the Melbourne Shoulder Group with Lyn Watson, Simon Balster, Ross Lenssen, Kat Davis, Daniel Vernon, Jacqui French, Tania Pizzari, Shane Barwood and Greg Hoy.  Sarah also conducts research for orthopaedic surgeon Mr Greg Hoy and is a sessional tutor at La Trobe University. Sarah has a keen interest in treating all types of shoulder injuries, but especially rehabilitation for shoulder instability.

Sarah completed her PhD in 2016, which involved conducting a randomised controlled trial that investigated the effect of two different rehabilitation programs for patients with multidirectional instability of the shoulder (MDI). This research won the 2016 ASICS sports medal and the 2016 Nancy Mills Research Award.

When Sarah is not researching or practicing she enjoys hiking, scuba diving, travelling and spending time with her family.

Registration is essential

SMA Member – $200

Non-Member – $250

Student SMA Member – $125

Student Non-Member – $150