Hugh Williamson Gait Analysis Laboratory Clinical Gait Analysis Course

Days 1,2 & 3
The program has been designed to appeal to a broad range of professionals involved in the varied aspects of clinical gait assessment. The teaching approach draws on the experience of gait analysis for children with cerebral palsy to help plan complex orthopaedic surgery, but the course will be informative to anyone interested in instrumented clinical gait analysis.

This three-day course is an introduction to understanding and interpreting gait analysis data to guide clinicians to a better understanding of the impairments affecting their patient’s walking ability.

Day 1 focuses on the understanding of normal gait and introduces the basic concepts and terminology used in instrumented gait analysis. The principles of interpretation of clinical gait analysis data will be presented.
Days 2 and 3 explore the interpretation of clinical gait data and the identification of impairments affecting gait. There will be small group activities giving participants the opportunity to experience and learn data analysis techniques and interpretation. Mock gait analysis reporting sessions will be included with a panel of surgeons, engineers and physiotherapists discussing cases to establish the impairments affecting gait and management recommendations

There will be ample opportunity for audience participation in these discussions!

Learning objectives:

  • To develop an understanding of the requirements for normal gait and normal gait analysis data
  • To gain an understanding of the impairment-focused approach to data interpretation
  • To identify common impairments associated with gait abnormalities seen in children with cerebral palsy
  • To develop skills of gait analysis data interpretation and reporting

Day 4

This one-day stand-alone course explores the assessment and interventions for management of musculoskeletal problems in ambulant children with cerebral palsy throughout their growing years.
Through case-based learning we will build on knowledge by integrating evidence and clinical reasoning into practise in the real world.

We will reflect on outcomes and the lived experience of children and their families.

This day is suitable for physiotherapists, orthotists, rehabilitation physicians and orthopaedic surgeons or trainees.

Learning Objectives:

  • To gain an understanding of current management options to improve walking in ambulant children with cerebral palsy
  • To understand the musculoskeletal impacts of growth on children with cerebral palsy
  • To enhance clinical reasoning and evaluation skills in the management in ambulant children with cerebral palsy

This course is being conducted by staff from The Hugh Williamson Gait Analysis Laboratory and Orthopaedics Department, Royal Children’s Hospital, Melbourne, with International Speakers:

Dr Jon R. Davids
Jon R. Davids MD, a board certified Paediatric Orthopaedic Surgeon, is the Assistant Chief of Orthopaedics and Medical Director of the Motion Analysis Laboratory at the Shriner’s Hospitals for Children, Northern California. He is Professor and Ben Ali Chair in Paediatric Orthopaedics in the Department of Orthopaedics at the University of California, Davis Medical School in Sacramento, California, USA. He has worked for the Shriners Hospitals for Children since 1993. Jon is internationally recognized for his work in treating children with cerebral palsy and limb deficiencies. Jon is a member of the Paediatric Orthopaedic Society of North America, International Paediatric Orthopaedic Think Tank, the American Orthopaedic Association, the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons, the American Board of Orthopaedic Surgeons, Gait and Clinical Movement Analysis Society, and the American Academy of Cerebral Palsy and Developmental Medicine.

Assoc Prof Sylvia Õunpuu
Sylvia Õunpuu, M.Sc., is the Director of Research at the Center for Motion Analysis at the Connecticut Children’s Medical Center and has been with the CMA since 1987. She received a Bachelor of Science Degree in Kinesiology (1982) and a Master’s of Science Degree in Biomechanics (1986), both at the University of Waterloo in Ontario, Canada. She is an Associate Professor in the Department of Orthopaedic Surgery, School of Medicine at the University of Connecticut. Sylvia has over 80 peer reviewed journal publications. Her research interests have focused on understanding the pathomechanics of gait issues and evaluating treatment outcomes for a variety of gait pathologies. Sylvia’s current research focus includes long-term treatment outcomes in patients with cerebral palsy, study of the pathomechanics and treatment outcomes of Charcot-Marie-Tooth disease and determining the role of gait analysis in treatment decision-making for patients with spinal bifida. Sylvia is a member of the Gait and Clinical Movement Analysis Society, and the American Academy of Cerebral Palsy and Developmental Medicine and serves on the board of directors of the Commission for Motion Laboratory Accreditation. Sylvia is also a member of the PRISM Motion Analysis Research Interest Group which is developing a protocol for return to sports decision-making using comprehensive motion analysis data.

501 Bourke Street
Melbourne, 3000
The RACV Club is in the heart of the Melbourne CBD

Days 1 to 3 $1200
This includes welcome drinks 5-6pm Tuesday 22nd August

Day 4 $400

Registrations open Wednesday 17th May
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Date: 22 August - 25 August

Location: The RACV club, Melbourne

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