Programme

Full Programme

Keynote Speakers

"Bringing evidence into practice: Physiotherapeutic Perspective"

Guus Meerhoff studied Physical Therapy (BSc.) and HumanMovement Sciences (MSc.) in the Netherlands. After working asa clinician for almost 8 years; nowadays he works as a program manager at the Royal Dutch Society for Physical Therapy (KNGF) and PhD-candidate at the Radboud University Medical Centre. At the KNGF he is responsible for the national physical therapy guidelines program and the National Physical Therapy Registry. At the Radboud University Medical Centre, the focus of his research is on the development of quality indictors based on the KNGF-guidelines.

Friday 13th March 2020 @ 17.50 hours at the Fortress Suite

“Driving forward with confidence in a rapidly changing market”

John Davie is the Chief Executive Officer and Founder of Business Physio Growth.
Mr Davie comes from an elite sports background having represented my country for over 13 years as a player and then going on to coach sports to an elite level in both New Zealand and Australia. He had been intrigued as to what
separates the most productive and profitable private practices from around the world from the vast majority who tend to struggle to grow their businesses to any large extent.
This led him to spend the last 35 years studying both success principles and the underlying ideologies, strategies and nuances that create physiotherapy business success. Physio Business Growth was the outcome of this.

Friday 13th March 2020 @ 18.20 hours at the Fortress Suite

Focused Symposia

FS 07/2020“PHYSIOTHERAPY IN PRIVATE SECTOR: A PERSPECTIVE ON THE PRACTISE, REGULATION, INNOVATION AND REIMBURSEMENT MECHANISMS”

Matthew Camilleri is the Managing Director at The Physiotherapy Specialists, a chain of private physiotherapy clinics in Malta and Managing Physiotherapist at The Pain Clinic, a private pain management center, also in Malta. He is a graduate of the University of Malta and has recently completed a Master’s degree in clinical pain management with the University of Edinburgh. Matthew holds a special interest in and is passionate about musculoskeletal physiotherapy and persistent pain management. Matthew previously held the role of vice-president within the Malta Association of Physiotherapists and was actively involved in a task-force aimed at restructuring national care plans for pain patients. Matthew was also invited to speak at the Societal Impact of Pain Symposium in 2017 and presented on the relevance of Physiotherapy in pain management. Apart from being a physiotherapist, Matthew is actively involved in rugby. He captains Sliema Stompers RFC and has represented Malta internationally in rugby. Matthew is also a qualified IRB strength and conditioning coach.

Saturday 14th March 2020 @ 09.00 hours at the Fortress Suite

SATURDAY 14TH MARCH 2020 @ 09.00 HOURS AT THE FORTRESS SUITE “UNIVERSAL HEALTH CARE 2030: IS PHYSICAL THERAPY SECTOR READY?”

Wilma Erasmus graduated from the University of Pretoria in 1982 with the Diploma in Physiotherapy and received her MSc Physiotherapy from the University of Witwatersrand in 2012. She is owner of Erasmus Physiotherapists Inc. in Witbank South Africa and is still clinically involved in the treatment of hospital and outpatient patients. Since 1995 she has been involved in various portfolios of the South Africa Society of Physiotherapy (SASP). From chairman of the Private sector (PhysioFocus) to the President of the SASP. She is currently the PhysioFocus Liaison Officer. She lectures on various subjects ranging from practice management, cardio-pulmonary management and ethics. She is the current Chairman of the International Private Physical Therapy Association (IPPTA), the official subgroup from private practice of WCPT. She is dedicated to ethical, principle leadership and sharing of knowledge.

Saturday 14th March 2020 @ 09.00 hours at the Bastion Suite

“CERVIGOGENIC HEADACHES SHOULD NOT BE A HEADACHE”

Dr. Stephen Lungaro-Mifsud is a physiotherapist and an academic. He is the Head of the Department of Physiotherapy and Deputy Dean at the Faculty of Health Sciences, University of Malta. His field of interest is physiotherapy in healthy ageing with forward thinking towards enhancing healthy ageing through digital health.

Saturday 14th March 2020 @ 11.00 hours at the Fortress Suite   

“FIRST-HAND CONTACT PRACTICE PHYSIOTHERAPY IN MALTA”

Maria-Louisa Busuttil is physiotherapist and Manager at the Court Services Agency.  She is currently the President of the Malta Association of Physiotherapists. She has a M.Sc. in Health Services Management from the University of Malta, her research interests are regulatory issues, social media practices, cross-border healthcare, and public health. She has served as Chief Executive Officer of the association (2007 - 2015) and as working group member of the European Union Matters Working Group of the European Region of WCPT (2012-2016).

Saturday 14th March 2020 @ 11.00 hours at the Bastion Suite

“ASSESSMENT OF LOW BACK PAIN & SCIATICA”

Franco Davies is a musculoskeletal physiotherapist working in Mater Dei hospital in a new Physiotherapy service at the emergency department. He obtained his BSc Honours as a physiotherapist in 2001 from the University of Malta and is experienced in a variety of clinical areas, working as a senior in neurology, oncology, paediatrics, MSK, orthopaedics and trauma and finally in emergency. He has been working with the Maltese national health service for the past 19 years but has also worked at Christie's oncology centre in Manchester and is experienced in the private sector where he has worked in local football and rugby premierships. He is a member of the Society Of Musculoskeletal Medicine where he is currently following up his studies towards an MSc, investigating effectiveness of MSK Physiotherapists in treating back pain and was a workgroup member of the national framework for the treatment of low back pain among the many research and service development projects he participated in. Apart also from being an avid historical fencer, Franco holds an MA in history (Hospitaller Studies, melit.) where he has researched early modern military training and has published a number of papers on the subject.

Saturday 14th March 2020 @ 13.30  hours at the Fortress Suite

Oral Presentations

The oral presentations are the following:

The Effects of Breathing Retraining on Dyspnoea Measures and the Six-Minute Walking Distance in Patients with Interstitial Lung Diseases: Melanie Axiak

Establishing the Readiness of the Physiotherapy Profession for Non-Medical Prescribing: Nicholas Attard

Poster Presentations

The poster presentation is the following:

The Maltese version of the DN4 Questionnaire. Initial Validation to Assess Neuropathic Pain in Patients with Chronic Spinal or Spinal-Radicular Pain: Emanuel Schembri

Networking Sessions

“Active of Life Networking Session”

Charmaine Mallia will be chairing the networking session for Active for Life Special Interest Group of the Malta Association of Physiotherapists.
She graduated as a physiotherapist in 2000. She has worked in various settings both on an out-patient and in-patient basis. In 2005 she started working at St Vincent De Paule where she was responsible for a number of wards. At SVP she started working as a domiciliary physiotherapist and her interest in community care grew. She was a pioneer in this field. The experience she gained in the wards helped her deal with the complex cases, she dealt with in the domiciliary setting. In 2011 she graduated with a Masters Degree in Geriatrics and Gerontology, where her interest in informal caregivers increased. In 2013, she joined the CommCare team. Today she leads a team of physiotherapists who work hard at providing a high level of care in the community.

Saturday 14th March 2020 @ 08.00 hours

“MAP Future Networking Session”

Andrew Pisani will be chairing the networking session for MAP Future Network which is the network for students and early career professionals of the Malta Association of Physiotherapists.
Andrew is a 24-year-old state registered Physiotherapist. He graduated from the University of Malta with a B.Sc. (Hons) in Physiotherapy in 2018 and is currently employed within the Ministry for Health. Mr Pisani is also active in the local private sector with a special interest in sports and musculoskeletal rehabilitation. Alongside his clinical work, he currently serves as a physiotherapist for local football and water polo clubs. Recently Andrew undertook an active role within the Malta Association of Physiotherapy (MAP) as Members Officer. In his free time, Andrew enjoys participating in various sports and travelling.

 

 

Karen Louise Stoner is a third year physiotherapy student and president of the Malta Health Student's Association (MHSA). This is her second year within the association.

John Davie is the Chief Executive Officer and Founder of Business Physio Growth.
Mr Davie comes from an elite sports background having represented my country for over 13 years as a player and then going on to coach sports to an elite level in both New Zealand and Australia. He had been intrigued as to what
separates the most productive and profitable private practices from around the world from the vast majority who tend to struggle to grow their businesses to any large extent.
This led him to spend the last 35 years studying both success principles and the underlying ideologies, strategies and nuances that create physiotherapy business success. Physio Business Growth was the outcome of this.

Saturday 14th March 2020 @ 08.00 hours at the Exhibition Hall

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