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Pain and Musculoskeletal Forum, 27-28 August, 2021

Te Tari Hāparapara me te Whaiora Ua-kāhiwi – tohu paerua

Forum discussions underway imageA two-day forum for postgraduate students of the Department of Orthopaedic Surgery and Musculoskeletal Medicine, and for allied students and professionals.

  • You will have the opportunity to network with other health professionals also progressing with their studies
  • You will extend your knowledge and use of facilities and expertise available at the University
  • You will develop and refine your clinical reasoning skills within interprofessional teams
  • You will learn from presenters the ways they have used the skills developed during their study to progress and enhance their clinical work
  • You will have the opportunity to ask questions of researchers at the cutting edge of New Zealand healthcare research

Not a postgraduate student of the Department, but you think attending could benefit you? Contact us to discuss your situation and possibly register:

Tel +64 27 270 4225


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Forum schedule

Opening: 9:00am, Friday 27 August, 2021

Closing: 3:30pm, Saturday 28 August, 2021

Social drinks: Saturday from 3.30pm (optional)

Programme as at 3 August 2021

We start with coffee and registration in Room 702/703, located on the 7th floor of the University of Otago, Christchurch.

Register now

Registrations close Sunday 8 August, 2021. Minimum registrations are needed for the forum to proceed - if there is a need to cancel for this reason we will be in contact on Monday 9 August, 2021.

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Our speakers

We have curated a great collection of speakers - research professionals and students whose work is focused on pain and the musculoskeletal system.

Read about our confirmed speakers

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University of Otago, Christchurch
2 Riccarton Avenue 8011
Christchurch, New Zealand

This is an in-person forum delivered from within the University of Otago, Christchurch. We are co-located with the public and women’s hospitals in Christchurch’s health precinct near the central business district. We are within easy commute from Christchurch International Airport.

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Local transport and parking

There is limited car parking in the vicinity of the hospital. Check out Christchurch City Council's interactive ‘find a car park’ map for parking options or park around the perimeter of Hagley Park and take a walk through the park to the venue.

Alternatively make use of the hospital’s Park & Ride service.

We are also located close to bus stops, so check out the maps and timetables available on the Metro web site.

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Registration fee

NZ$225, inclusive of GST.

Registration is open until Sunday 8 August, 2021.

Register now

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Our covid response plan

If any part of the country is in alert level 1 at the time of the forum, we will continue as planned.

Should Christchurch be in alert level 2, the forum will continue with contact tracing in place, and anyone unable to travel due to another part of the country being in a higher alert level will receive a full refund of their registration.

Should Christchurch be in alert level 3 or 4, the forum will be cancelled and full refunds of registrations will be made.

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Our sponsors

We're grateful for the support of our sponsors who have helped to underwrite the cost of bringing this forum to you:

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About us

Department of Orthopaedic Surgery and Musculoskeletal Medicine

The University of Otago’s Department of Orthopaedic Surgery and Musculoskeletal Medicine delivers teaching and research out of the University of Otago, Christchurch, and enjoys close collaborative relations with clinicians at Christchurch Hospital where it is co-located.

The Department is unique in New Zealand for combining surgical and medical approaches to musculoskeletal diseases and injuries into a unified discipline.

It plays a central role in providing the practical rotations for 5th-year medical students and trainee interns, offers a range of in-person and distance learning postgraduate qualifications for health professionals, and has a vibrant research culture supported by prestigious health-research grants.

Read more about the Department of Orthopaedic Surgery and Musculoskeletal Medicine

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Our forum organisers

Bronnie Lennox Thompson is the Academic Coordinator for our postgraduate programmes in Pain & Pain Management, and Musculoskeletal Medicine. Many of you will know her from her teaching online, and she also works clinically. She developed the popular group programme Springboard for ACC community pain programmes, and runs this programme for Christchurch. Bronnie is a popular thesis supervisor for our Master's students and is increasingly being courted to supervise some of our prospective Doctoral students. It was Bronnie who first recognised the need to bring our students together in a forum of this nature.

Louise Sheppard is a physiotherapist by background, and currently teaches on our Pain and Pain Management courses. Louise's main areas of interest are nocioplastic pain, the role of exercise and movement in pain management, and the experience of pain around motherhood. When not thinking about pain, she spends time playing with her young family and pottering in her garden.

Representing the needs and ideas of students is Rachel Ah Kit. Rachel recently completed the Postgraduate Diploma in Pain, and will go onto a thesis-based Master's looking at indirect aspects of massage therapy that can contribute to positive pain management. Rachel runs a busy massage therapy clinic here in Christchurch, and is one of our forum speakers.

Rebekah Higgs has a background in postgraduate administration and now holds a role as one of the Lead Administrators on our Christchurch campus.

Libby Friel is responsible for the administration of our Department's distant-taught Musculoskeletal and Pain Management programmes, and provides support to both academic staff and our students.

Deborah McMahon is an administrator in our Department, focusing mainly on the support of our thesis-level students and research staff.

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Dr Bronwyn Lennox Thompson
Senior Clinical Lecturer

Tel +64 2704 225 (027 2704 225)

Department of Orthopaedic Surgery and Musculoskeletal Medicine
University of Otago, Christchurch
PO Box 4345, Christchurch 8140
New Zealand

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