Shoulder Symposium 2024

Rotator cuff tendinopathy, shoulder instability and frozen shoulder are conditions frequently encountered in clinical practice. With so much information available on shoulder problems, it can be hard to keep up to date with best practices and current research evidence. La Trobe Sport & Exercise Medicine (LASEM) Research Centre are therefore proud to announce a two day shoulder symposium.


The Clinical Shoulder Symposium 2024 is brought to you by the La Trobe Sport and Exercise Medicine (LASEM) Research Centre. Designed for sports and exercise medicine practitioners this symposium of world-leaders in shoulder research and practice will showcase best practice and current research evidence aiming to expand and update participant knowledge on the assessment and management of shoulder disorders in athletes and the general population.

This symposium welcomes researchers, rehabilitation clinicians, physicians, surgeons, patients and athletes to attend. For those joining us online and unable to attend the session at the scheduled time, the recordings of the friday session will be provided to you so you can watch them at a moment that suits you better.

This high quality PD event promises to provide clinicians with knowledge and skills to advance their current clinical practice.
Dr Sarah WarbyDr Sarah Warby is a Melbourne based shoulder physiotherapist and researcher who works as part of the Melbourne Shoulder Group with Lyn Watson, Simon Balster, Ross Lenssen and collogues. Sarah also coordinates shoulder research with Mr. Greg Hoy and holds an adjunct position at La Trobe University. Sarah has a passion for both researching and treating a range of shoulder conditions, though particularly posterior and multidirectional instability. In conjunction with the Melbourne Shoulder Group, Sarah’s current research involves investigating brain structure and function in patients with multidirectional instability using functional MRI scans. When she’s not working, Sarah loves hiking, diving, and spending time with family and friends.
Dr Tania PizzariDr Tania Pizzari graduated from La Trobe University with honours in 1997 and with a PhD in 2002. Tania lectures and conducts research in the Department of Physiotherapy at La Trobe University. She regularly conducts lectures and practical sessions for the Australian Physiotherapy Association on shoulder, knee and hamstring injuries and is a member of the Shoulder and Elbow Physiotherapists of Australasia. She is a regular speaker at National and International Sports Medicine conferences.
Ms Jo GibsonJo Gibson is a Clinical Physiotherapy Specialist at the Liverpool Upper Limb Unit based at the Royal Liverpool Hospital, UK. She lectures both nationally and internationally about rehabilitation of the shoulder. Her research interests are shoulder instability and motor learning. Jo is currently Squad Physiotherapist for the Great Britain Endurance riding Team. She is the co-author of the GOST booklet, a Guide for Orthopaedic Surgeons and Therapists regarding operative and postoperative management of Upper Limb Patients.
Dr Lyn WatsonDr Lyn Watson is the Founding Principal and Director of Melbourne Shoulder Group (alongside Simon Balster). Lyn is a Titled Sports and Exercise Physiotherapist (as award by the Australian College of Physiotherapist in 1999) and Titled Musculoskeletal Physiotherapist (as award by the Australian College of Physiotherapist in 1994) who has been working exclusively in the diagnosis, assessment and rehabilitation of shoulder injuries for the past 25 years. Lyn is an internationally renowned lecturer, course presenter and clinician. Over her 25-year carrier Lyn has developed logical and progressive approach to the assessment, diagnosis, rehabilitation and management of the shoulder and shoulder girdle. She continually refines her approach and validates it with the research she does. Since 1992, Lyn has been teaching her approach in her Shoulder Physiotherapy courses throughout Australia, Canada, United Kingdom, France, Italy, USA, South Africa and Asia. She also lectures on the Masters of Manipulative Therapy and Sports Physiotherapy programmes for both Melbourne and Latrobe Universities.
Dr Marc-Olivier DubéDr. Marc-Olivier Dubé is a physiotherapist and postdoctoral research fellow at the La Trobe Sport and Exercise Medicine Research Centre (LASEM). He has received a fellowship award from the Quebec Health Research Fund (FRQ-S). His past research has focused on the management of persistent shoulder pain through education and exercises, and how patient-specific psychological and contextual factors such as pain self-efficacy and expectations can influence outcome. Marc-Olivier has prior clinical experience as a physiotherapist working in a primary care private practice setting with people experiencing various musculoskeletal disorders, especially shoulder pain. He has also been involved in teaching in the undergraduate Physiotherapy program of Université Laval (Canada).
Prof Gisela SoleProfessor Gisela Sole is an inadvertent physiotherapy researcher, with a specific interest in shoulder pain that developed from her past clinical practice. She is the Deputy Dean of the School of Physiotherapy, University of Otago (Dunedin), teaches undergraduate musculoskeletal physiotherapy and leads the post-graduate Sports Physiotherapy paper.
Mr Alec McKenzieAlec has an MSc (by research) studying shoulder mechanics and is now a PhD candidate studying shoulder injuries in competitive swimmers. His PhD is in collaboration with Griffith University (Gold Coast, QLD), the Queensland Academy of Sport, and Swimming Australia. His current research focuses on addressing an evidence-practice gap in shoulder screening protocols/techniques.
Prof Filip StruyfFilip Struyf is a (sports-) physiotherapist and professor at the department of Rehabilitation Sciences and Physiotherapy of the University of Antwerp, Belgium. At the University, he coordinates research within the field of musculoskeletal disorders, more specifically in shoulder disorders. Filip is co-founder of the Flemish Shoulder Network. He has published over 100 internationally published articles and gives presentations on shoulder assessment and rehabilitation at both national and international level. Filip is the author of “Over de schouder: klinisch onderzoek van een complex gewricht” and editor of Elseviers’ book on “Frozen shouilder”. Finally, Filip combines his academic work with the assessment and treatment of patients with shoulder pain in a private clinical practice. Recently, Filip was awarded as world leading expert in shoulder pain according to Expertscape (
Mr Josh NauntonJosh Naunton is a Sports and Exercise Physiotherapist having recently submitted his PhD on the best type of exercise for rotator cuff tendinopathy for examination. He completed his Bachelor of Physiotherapy and Masters of Sports Physiotherapy with La Trobe University. He has more than 10 years experience working part time in advanced practice roles (Primary Contact Emergency Department, Fracture Clinic and Specialist Outpatient Clinics). He currently runs his own private practice Evinci and is involved teaching with the La Trobe Rural Health School. He is passionate about delivering best practice care to improve patient outcomes and experience.


Attendee Type
Standard in person (click to register)
Standard in person - EARLY BIRD BEFORE APRIL 10th (click to register)
LASEM Clinical Network (click to register)
Friday only (click to register)
Friday only - Access to recordings after the symposium (click to register)
Students (click to register)

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