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Member Value Webinar #9 - From Rehab to Rio: The theory and practice of supporting your clients’ Paralympic dream


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Join Disability Sport and Recreation, in partnership with the Australian Physiotherapy Association, to explore the hot topic on everyone’s radar at present – the Paralympic dream! Join physiotherapist’s from the Australian Paralympic Committee and Paralympian Jason Less, as they take you through, from theory to practice, the physiotherapist’s role in engaging client with disability in sport.

Following attending this webinar you will:

·         Hear a key note speech from specialist sports physiotherapist, Keren Faulkner, Australian Sports Commission

·         Have increased knowledge of the most recent trends in the evidence base supporting your clients’ engagement in disability sport as summarised by Melissa Nolan, musculoskeletal and sports physiotherapist

·         Have a working knowledge of the clinical implications you need to consider when recommending sport for your clients

·         Learn how to explore and problem solve the benefits and barriers to competitive and recreational sport for client’s with disability

·         Observe Jason Lees, wheelchair rugby Paralympian, work through some of his training program to learn practical skills for the adaptation of gym exercises for improved ADL and sporting performance


Keren Faulkner is a fellow of the Australian College of Physiotherapists with a specialty in Sports Physio.  She worked for the Australian Institute of Sport and attended the Olympic Games in Athens and Beijing in support of the Australian Gymnastics team.  She is a past President of Sports Physiotherapy Australia and has served on the Australian Commonwealth Games medical commission.  Since 2010 Keren has worked with the Australian Paralympic Committee, first as Physical Therapies manager and more recently as Manager, Performance Services.   Keren’s first Paralympic Games experience was in London in 2012 and she is working with a great team of Performance Service providers to support our Australian team in Rio in September this year.

Melissa is an APA Musculoskeletal and Sports Physiotherapist, and has a passion for sports physiotherapy and working with para-athletes. Melissa is the physiotherapist for the Australian Para-Canoe Program, and has been the team physiotherapist for three international tours with the Australian Para-Canoe team for the 2014, 2015 and 2016 World Championships. In 2013 Melissa was part of the medical team for the Australian Para-Athletics team for World Championships, and she is also a national Para-Cycling classifier.

Cory Innes has studied a Bachelor of Physical Education and has a Master of Exercise Science in strength and conditioning. Cory has worked as a Strength and Conditioning Coach at the Victorian Institute of Sport since 2014. His role involves overseeing individual scholarships, diving, track and field and badminton athletes.

Jason Lees is a member of the national wheelchair rugby team since 2009. Jason suffered a spinal cord injury following an accident in 2000.  In 2002, Jason started playing wheelchair rugby on the social, non-competitive level. Jason has played for the National team at a competitive level since 2009. Jason has won a Paralympic gold medal from London, 2012 and is also a Word Championships Gold medallist from Denmark, 2014. Jason works as the Wheelchair Rugby co-ordinator at Disability Sport and Recreation.


CPD Hours: 1