Thursday, 8 — Sunday, 11 September 2022

Managing psychosocial risk factors in people with low back pain: How do you want to learn?

You are invited to attend an interactive lunchtime session (lunch provided) at the Physiotherapy New Zealand (PNZ) conference in Rotorua, on Friday 9th September from 12.30-1.30. The aim is to identify the learning preferences of NZ registered physiotherapists for upskilling in the management of psychosocial risk factors for people with low back pain.

We recently completed research investigating the feasibility of translating stratified care for people with low back pain (STarT Back) into Aotearoa New Zealand. Our findings revealed physiotherapists are confident to identify psychosocial risk factors in their patients. However, there was noticeable uncertainty about the best management of these risk factors, with calls for better education of both qualified and student physiotherapists.

We will provide a short introduction before facilitating discussion and sharing of ideas from attendees. We aim to identify several strategies for delivering theoretical concepts, developing clinical skills, and increasing confidence in the provision of psychologically informed physiotherapy. Findings will help us advance research and practice in this area, ultimately enhancing patient outcomes.

For organisational purposes, we will have to limit attendance to the first 20 physiotherapists who register for the session. Attendees should be NZ registered physiotherapists, working in clinical practice, who regularly treat patients with low back pain.

So get in quick and secure your place by emailing cathy.chapple@otago.ac.nz using the subject line PNZ LBP session

We hope to see you there!

Ngā mihi nui.

Dr Cathy Chapple (University of Otago)
Dr Julia Hill (Auckland University of Technology)
Associate Professor Richard Ellis (Auckland University of Technology)

Funded by Health Research Council of New Zealand Activation Grant