This year Massage & Myotherapy Australia will present its 14th National Conference in Queensland’s Sunny Gold Coast.
The Committee has again worked hard to bring you the pinnacle massage and myotherapy event of the year and be assured they are always on the constant pursuit of improvement based on feedback.
The 2017 Post Conference Survey showed that over 90% of attendees gave the Conference the thumbs up for quality. Surprisingly
‘The Competitive Edge’ is the theme for 2018, highly appropriate following the Gold Coasts hosting of the 2018 Commonwealth Games in April. The 2018 line up of presenters will be a mixture of some old faces, invited back due to popular demand and some new faces that come highly recommended. As usual a good mixture of workshops and presentations that cover a range of topics and techniques that can be applied to all aspects of our profession.
A wide range of keynotes, practical sessions and workshops
Keynote Speakers will include one of Australia’s most memorable Olympic and Commonwealth swimmers Lisa Curry, who will open our Conference with a presentation on Defining Your Role and Value, renowned Clinical Anatomist John Sharkey will return after rave reviews from the 2016 Hobart Conference to present the effective treatment of Myofascial Trigger Points and Peter Brukner (Brukner and Kahn, Clinical Sports Medicine) will present on practical approaches to assessment and treatment of conditions in an interactive session. Along with other great presenters, 2018 will offer something for everyone. Don’t forget to come and say G’day.
John Sharkey MSc is a Clinical Anatomist, Exercise Physiologist and Founder of European Neuromuscular Therapy. A pioneer of our profession, teaching, writing and presenting bodywork and movement therapies for over thirty years. With a special focus on Biotensegrity-Anatomy for the 21st century, John is a recognised authority in fascial anatomy and physiology.
Peter Brukner is a specialist sports and exercise physician whose most recent position has been Australian cricket team doctor for the past five years. Peter is the founding partner of Olympic Park Sports Medicine Centre in Melbourne and Professor of Sports Medicine at Latrobe University. A founding Executive Member of the Australasian College of Sports Physicians, he served two terms as President and played a key role in establishing sports medicine as a medical specialty in Australia. Peter is the co-author of the widely used text book Clinical Sports Medicine and has been team physician for professional football clubs as well as national athletics, swimming, soccer and men’s hockey teams including Olympic and Commonwealth Games. He is the co-founder of the public health campaign SugarByHalf.
Neil Meigh AKA ‘The Kettlebell Physio’, is a PhD candidate at Bond University and Adjunct Teaching Fellow in the Doctor of Physiotherapy program. Former Owner/Director at PRIDE Physiotherapy & Nutrition, Neil is also an Exercise Scientist, Myotherapist, Personal Trainer and RKC Kettlebell Instructor. A Course Coach at the Australian Institute of Massage and QAcademy for nine years, Neil was instrumental in the development and delivery of Queensland’s first Myotherapy program. His passion is population health, with special interests in education, pain science and mechanotherapy. RKC, PhD(c), D.Phty, BSc ExSci, Ba(Hons) Bus&Mgmt, GradDipManipTher, AdvDipMyo, CertIV Fit.
Braeden Melmer Braeden
Braeden Melmer Braeden is a senior associate Chiropractor at Neurohealth. He studied at the University of Guelph in Ontario, Canada, with a Bachelor of Science in Human Kinetics (HK) and a four-year Doctor of Chiropractic program Canadian Memorial Chiropractic College in Toronto. He has also taken additional treatment courses in Active Release Therapy (ART) and Medical Acupuncture at the McMaster University. Braeden brings his international experience with a variety of techniques to help you on your journey towards optimal health.
Steve Stahl, B Physio, M Physio (Sports), Member APA and SMA, is a sports physiotherapist and Director of Education for RockTape. He consults at the Corio Bay Health Group in Geelong in addition to his role at RockTape. Steve’s clinical interests include knee and shoulder rehabilitation. He is an avid user of kinesiology taping and keen to demonstrate how it ts with the latest pain science methodology.
Kym Finch is the Founder of Finch Therapy, Director and practicing Remedial Therapist at Positive Pain Solutions (Chronic Pain Clinic in Brisbane). During her 20-year career, Kym has been published, presented nationally with TAFE institutions, private workshops and for Massage and Myotherapy Association Australia.
Sherril Taylor runs an international kinesiology training centre and private practice in Casuarina NSW. Sherril trains practitioners and teachers in Applied Physiology, Kinergetics and Right Use of Power, communication skills. Her love of these modalities, her personal passion and wealth of experience is felt when attending her seminars. Sherril has more than three decades’ experience in teaching and development.
Bruce Stark has over 30 years’ experience in the field of therapeutic bodywork and as a Practitioner and Advanced Instructor of Ortho-Bionomy. Bruce maintains a private practice in Sydney and teaches Ortho-Bionomy in Sydney and extensively throughout Australia and New Zealand. Prior to moving to Sydney in 2001 he was on the faculty of the University of Wisconsin - Madison Medical School for 12 years teaching physical examination skills and interpersonal communication. He was a trainer with the Somatics College of Body Oriented Psychotherapy in Sydney and taught with the Somatic Psychotherapy Institute of Australia.
Ian Coward has been a Remedial Massage Therapist and a Yoga teacher for 20 years. He is classic Hatha Yoga trained by practising an eclectic style. Ian incorporates yoga into his therapist work to not only benefit his clients but also for his own wellbeing. Ian is a Life Member of Massage & Myotherapy Australia with many years experience working behind the scenes at Director and Board level.
June 15th - 17th 2018
This exciting event run over two full days, Saturday and Sunday, from 9am to 4:30pm and on Friday from 3pm to 5pm and Saturday from 7am to 8:30am for pre conference events.
Gold Coast Convention and Exhibition Centre
Gold Coast Convention and Exhibition Centre, 2684-2690 Gold Coast Hwy, Broadbeach QLD 4218, Australia