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EP: Stroke & Neurological Rehabilitation

With Brendon Haslam

NeuroRehab Allied Health Network (NRAHN) Melbourne, VIC Australia

November 18, 2023 - November 19, 2023

Course Host: Angela Mucic

Face to Face Course Face to Face Course

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This lecture, practical and interactive course is tailored to clinicians working with neurological clients. It will help you to understand how the pain system works, the notion of pain as an output, and how this applies to clients with neurological conditions. The relationship of pain to other response systems, such as cognition and language, will be introduced, in addition to the immune and endocrine systems.

Individuals with neurological conditions such as stroke, spinal cord injury, Parkinson’s Disease and multiple sclerosis are more than twice as likely to experience chronic pain than individuals with an “intact” nervous system. Experiencing chronic pain has an additional effect on this population, with a further impact on function and quality of life. Despite this, pain is too often neglected in neurological patient care, and clinical guidelines remain consistently vague with regard to recommendations for pain if pain is mentioned at all.

This course will introduce and discuss known contributions towards the pain experience in individuals with neurological conditions, such as somatosensation, body image and body schema, and knowledge of the condition. From this, assessment and treatment strategies will be introduced and practised, including graded motor imagery, sensory retraining, and pain education. Participants will learn how to utilise these strategies to influence pain and other outputs as appropriate as part of a rehabilitation model, including ideas for progression.


Course aims

  1. To introduce the concept of pain as one of many output systems that may be perturbed in neurological clients.
  2. To expand the clinical framework of neurological rehabilitation to incorporate pain rehabilitation via neuromatrix and pain mechanisms paradigms.
  3. To reconceptualise pain in terms of modern neuroscience and philosophy.
  4. To introduce an array of established and novel assessment and treatment strategies tailored to the neurological client with pain, based on clinical reasoning and evidence from clinical trials and neurobiology.
  5. To introduce the role of tailored education in effective pain treatment based on current research.


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EP: Stroke & Neurological Rehabilitation Melbourne on November 18, 2023 - November 19, 2023

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Brendon Haslam. B App Sc (Physio) M Physio (Neurological) PhD MACP

Language: English, Region: Australasia

Courses: Explain Pain: Stroke Neurological Rehabilitation, Graded Motor Imagery (updated course), EP Stroke & Neurological Rehabilitation, Graded Motor Imagery, AU 2020, Explain Pain, AU 2020, Graded Motor Imagery 2-Day – AU, Explain Pain – AU

Brendon Haslam

B App Sc (Physio) M Physio (Neurological) PhD MACP

Brendon lives in Melbourne, Australia, where he currently works clinically with people in chronic pain in private practice, working with people with complex pain states, while also having a university research fellowship investigating sensory retraining in stroke.  For many years he worked in hospital rehabilitation settings, in both pain and neurological programs, and has been awarded titling by the Australian Physiotherapy Association in both disciplines of physiotherapy. His particular interest is in complex pain states for people with neurological deficits, and he has undertaken additional training in numerous neurological treatment approaches.

Brendon initially trained as a physiotherapist in Adelaide before then completing his Masters Neurological Physiotherapy in Melbourne.  His recently completed PhD – through the Florey Institute of Neuroscience and Mental Health – aims to understand contributions towards chronic pain and identify potential targets for therapy in neurological populations. 

He has been teaching at the postgraduate level since 2002 in neurological and pain rehabilitation areas and joined the NOI stables in 2012.

Brendon lives in Melbourne, Australia, where he works clinically ( with people who experience chronic pain. He has a particular interest in complex pain states, such as those with neuropathic pain symptoms. For many years he worked in rehabilitation hospital-based pain clinics and has developed educational resources for a range of clinical pain-related services. He is a member of the Australian College of Physiotherapists, having been awarded Titling in multiple disciplines of physiotherapy: Pain, Neurological and Research.

Brendon is actively involved in clinical research that started with his own PhD, which investigated chronic pain following stroke, and now continues as a Research Fellow at both La Trobe University and The Florey Institute of Neuroscience and Mental Health. He is currently involved in studies for complex conditions such as Complex Regional Pain Syndrome and Chronic Post-Stroke Pain, exploring the effectiveness of interventions, including pain education, graded motor imagery, sensory retraining, and mind-body therapies. He now also supervises higher-degree researchers in pain-related topics at La Trobe University and the University of Adelaide.

He has been teaching at the post-graduate level since 2002 in areas of both pain and neurology and joined the NOI stables as an instructor in 2012. In addition to teaching the NOI Explain Pain and Graded Motor Imagery courses, he has also developed and teaches a course that is designed for clinicians working with neurological clients with pain; Explain Pain: Stroke and NeuroRehab. As a clinician with more than 25 years of experience working with clients with chronic pain, he strives to “bring the clinic” to each course, ensuring that there is plenty of time for the in-depth “I’ve got this patient who…” questions.





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