iCAHE Masterclass


iCAHE will be hosting their first annual Masterclass and Conference on Friday 2nd December 2016, at the University of South Australia. At iCAHE, our mission is to contribute to better health and wellbeing for all through evidence-based allied health care, with a focus on the creation of new knowledge and translation of research evidence into health care policy and practice. In this inaugural conference, iCAHE Director Professor Karen Grimmer and leading iCAHE researchers will present on current research activities within the Centre, which include economic evaluations of health care, current orthopedic practice, optimize childhood potential, and the development and implementation of clinical practice guidelines.


Conference Program: 

8:45 - 9:00: Sign in and Registration 

9:00 - 9:15: Opening statements by Professor Karen Grimmer and Dr Asterie Twizeyemariya. 

9:15 - 10:45: Can't Measure It, Can't Manage It: Economic Evaluations of Health Care. This will be presented by Dr Asterie Twizeyemariya and Mr. Alvin Atlas.

Dr Asterie Twizeyemariya is the health economist in the iCAHE methods team. Her interest is in applying economic modelling in the allied health domain. She will be presenting a brief introduction to the role of health economics, and its relevance, in the allied health field, and the importance of collecting relevant data.

Mr. Alvin Atlas is a research associate and biostatistician with iCAHE at the University of South Australia. His present focus in research is on the factors which may influence a patient to undergo elective surgery. He will be presenting about data management in regards to this.

10:45 - 11:00: Morning Tea will be provided

11:00 - 11:45: iCAHE Services: iCAHE staff will present an overview of the services available through iCAHE and how they may be utilized by clinicians and policy makers. iCAHE services include professional development and training courses, Journal Clubs, and Rapid Review production, which can be explored in more detail on the Services page of our website. 

11:45 - 12:45: Optimising Function In Childhood - In Context: This will be presented by Dr Kobie Boshoff, Mr. Scott Weeks, and Ms. Olivia Hall.

Dr Kobie Boshoff is a senior lecturer and researcher in Occupational Therapy. She has a number of PhD and honours students. Kobie’s research fields include children, developmental delay, disability, early intervention and service development. Kobie is currently involved in research in the South Australian Children’s Centres, in autism and in neonatal intensive care.

Mr. Scott Weeks is a PhD candidate with iCAHE. His research is focussed on developing foundations for robust occupational therapy intervention studies to address the sensory needs of children with Autism Spectrum Disorder. This presentation will highlight some to the challenges he experienced when initially designing an intervention trial in this field.

Ms. Olivia Hill is a PhD candidate at The University of South Australia. Her research is focussing on the transition from primary to secondary school and its potential influence on the experience of musculoskeletal pain in adolescents.

12:45 - 1:45: Lunch will be provided. 

1:45 - 2:25: Orthopaedics - Turn It On Its Head. This will be presented by Dr Steven Milanese and Mr. Mathew Beard.

Dr Steven Milanese is a senior lecturer and researcher in physiotherapy, with a focus on musculoskeletal (MSK) therapies. He will be presenting findings from the Centres recent reviews into the evidence for corticosteroid injections as an interventional pain management strategy for low back pain.

Mr. Matthew Beard has been involved with the development of advance practice physiotherapy roles in SA for more than a decade. He will be presenting on how this specifically has involved the establishment of spinal assessment clinics that support both Orthopaedic and Neurosurgery specialities.

2:25 - 3:00: Adopt, Contextualize, or Adapt: The Big Questions - MASTERCLASS  

Professor Karen Grimmer and Dr Ashley Fulton will present the innovative international clinical practice guidelines work in which the iCAHE team is involved. This will include an explanation of the three tier model of guideline construction, the Adopt/ Contextualise/ Adapt framework, and the challenges and solutions to constructing guidelines for multi-morbidity.  

3:00 - 3:30: Panel Discussion: A panel discussion will be conducted to engage attendees in the topics covered throughout the day. 

3:30 - 5:00: Networking and Afternoon Tea: An opportunity to make international connections within the forefront of Allied Health research. Drinks and food will be provided. 



Cost: Tickets will be $65.50pp. 


Please click here for general registration - This registration is for anyone wishing to attend the workshop. 

Please click here for guest registration - This registration is for the invited speakers and guests for this conference. Guests will receive a security code alongside their invitation to the event which must be entered at registration. If you are a guest, and you cannot locate your code, please email holly.bowen@unisa.edu.au or call on 08 8302 2080. 

Please click here for interstate registration - This registration is for those who are unable to attend the conference in person and will be viewing the conference via a live stream webinar. 


For more information, please feel free to contact us:

International Centre for Allied Health Evidence
Member of Sansom Institute
University of South Australia
GPO Box 2471
Adelaide  SA  Australia  5000
Telephone: +61 8 8302 2072
Fax: +61 8 8302 2853
Email: iCAHE@unisa.edu.au

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