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About the event

This symposium will allow clinicians and researchers to consider assessment and management of shoulder pain from various perspectives.

The symposium will be designed to encourage active participation and sharing of experience, knowledge and insights.

The symposium is supported by the Otago Southland Physiotherapy Trust.
Cost: PNZ members: no cost, but koha for the meal
Non-PNZ members: $50
Zoom link: no cost.

Please RSVP to Gisela Sole for catering purposes or for the Zoom link at

Date, time, and venue

Friday, 24th January 2020, 2:00-8:00pm
Rm 102


2:00-2:15 Welcome, introduction

2:15-2.45 Diagnostic classifications for shoulder disorders: how precise can we be? Indicators for referral for imaging, orthopaedic surgeons (Dr Angela Cadogan)

2.45-3:30 Psychosocial factors/psychologically-informed approaches? How can these be assessed, when to assess (A/Prof Craig Wassinger (30 Minutes), Dr Margie Olds (15 Minutes)

3:30-4:00 Pain management: sports medicine perspectives (Dr Hamish Osborne)

4:00-4:30 Exercise prescription for rotator cuff related pain (A/Prof Jean-Sébastien Roy)

4:30-5:00 Light meal


MASTER study: from laboratory to the clinic (Dr Daniel Ribeiro)
Otago Shoulder Health Study: Pain Education for persistent shoulder pain (A/Prof Gisela Sole)
Return to sport (instabilities/post-dislocations) (Dr Margie Olds)


Navigating between practice and research.
The panel will provide approximately 4 cases/hypotheses/approaches – 'diagnosis'/mechanism based or treatment/rehab - attendees in groups and provide supporting/negating considerations – volunteers in the groups present their thoughts.

7:30-8:00 'Last words' from presenters and conclusion of programme


Jean-Sébastien Roy Jean-Sébastien is a full Professor in the Rehabilitation Department at Laval University (Quebec City, Canada) and researcher in the Centre for Interdisciplinary Research in Rehabilitation and Social Integration (CIRRIS). His research interests lie in defining the central (neural) and peripheral (joint-level) factors associated with the occurrence and chronicization of shoulder pain, and in evaluating the effects of rehabilitations approaches to prevent or rehabilitate shoulder pain. Other interests include to better understand normal shoulder motor control, mechanisms underlying motor learning or re-learning (post injury), and factors that impact both shoulder motor control and motor learning. He has published over 100 articles in peer-reviewed journals and 6 book chapters, mainly on neuromuscular and biomechanical mechanisms of shoulder disorders, and has given over 50 presentations at national and international conferences. Before being involved full time in research, he has worked for 10 years as a physical therapist at the Laval University Hospital, specializing in the treatment of shoulder disorders.

Craig Wassinger is an Associate Professor of physical therapy at East Tennessee State University. He has over 18 years of clinical and academic experience. Craig's primary role is teaching entry-level physical therapy students, orthopaedic residents and fellows. He also regularly presents at physical therapy and inter-professional conferences on sensorimotor system function, shoulder biomechanics and pain science concepts.

Angela Cadogan is a NZ registered Physiotherapy Specialist (Musculoskeletal). Angela has a Ph.D in Musculoskeletal Diagnostics from AUT University, Auckland, New Zealand (2012) with a sub-specialty in the diagnosis and management of shoulder pain. She is based in Christchurch where she works part-time in her own physiotherapy practice, in a diagnostic Orthopaedic Triage role (Shoulder) with the Canterbury District Health Board and in private practice with an orthopaedic shoulder specialist. She has an ongoing research interest in shoulder diagnostics and clinical management of shoulder conditions and runs online courses for physiotherapists in NZ and in France.

Margie Olds is a Physiotherapy Specialist based in Auckland, where she works clinically at the Auckland Shoulder Clinic. She has recently finished her PhD which investigated the risk factors for recurrent shoulder instability after a first time traumatic anterior shoulder dislocation. Margie also has a keen interest sporting shoulder injuries and has recently developed some clinical tests to guide clinicians in return to play decision making after a shoulder injury.

Gisela Sole is an Associate Professor at the School of Physiotherapy. She has worked at the School of Physiotherapy as teacher, clinical educator and researcher for close to 20 years. She coordinates the post-graduate Sports Physiotherapy paper and completes a second term as Associate Dean Undergraduate Studies early in 2020. Her current research focusses on strategies to engage patients with persistent shoulder pain in their own rehabilitation, including patients' and health professionals' beliefs. She is also exploring management and outcomes of anterior cruciate ligament injury in the New Zealand context, combining quantitative and qualitative research methods. She has published 70 peer reviewed journal articles, and has supervised a number of Honours, Masters and PhD students.

Further information

Associate Professor Gisela Sole

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