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Graded Motor Imagery (updated)

With Brendon Haslam

Inner North Physiotherapy, Thormbury, VIC Australia

May 7, 2023

Course Host: Bernadette Curry

Face to Face Course Face to Face Course

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Prerequisite: The Noigroup 2-day Explain Pain course.

GMI 1 day course

1 Session: Sunday, May 7, 2023, 8.30 am – 5.00 pm



Graded Motor Imagery (GMI) is an evidence-based, graded, brain training program that accesses the brain’s virtual body. It is useful for many chronic pain states where the central nervous system may be upregulated, including osteoarthritis, Complex Regional Pain Syndrome, phantom pains, and ‘non-specific’ spinal pains. It gives new hope to many people in pain.

GMI involves using Apps, Flashcards, motor imagery (the mental practice of movements or tasks involving movement) and mirrors. All are supported by a consistent education approach about the biology of pain (Explain Pain).

While evidence exists for using GMI in a clinical setting in treating complex pain conditions when used as a single intervention, recent studies have shown that GMI can be beneficial as part of a combined approach involving other interventions. Intervention strategies, including the use of environmental enrichment, sensory precision training, part practice of components of functional tasks, and a graded exercise program, have all been combined with GMI for good effect. These interventions aim to reduce the perception of threat while working to build a more robust working body schema and functional motor performance.

This course is structured around practical sessions supported by discussions of clinical applications. Participants can practice all components of GMI, plus additional components of education and sensory precision training. Strategies of environmental enrichment and progression from ‘virtual’ to ‘active’ motor activities and tasks as part of an overall approach will also be introduced and discussed.



The Noigroup Explain Pain course is a prerequisite; it provides the educational underpinnings for the GMI course.

The Graded Motor Imagery Handbook eBook | Print Book
Information and resources provided at

Hardware requirement:
Bring an iPhone, iPad or Android device to the course with one or more of the Recognise Apps downloaded onto it.


At the end of the course, participants will:

1. Describe Explain Pain concepts to help patients understand the purpose of GMI techniques
2. Explain the theoretical rationale for traditional stages of GMI
3. Assess clients as to their appropriateness to participate and benefit from the use of GMI as part of a rehabilitation program
4. Create progressions and regressions within/between each GMI stage
5. Analyse the use of video to supplement traditional GMI techniques as appropriate for the individual client
6. Evaluate ways to integrate GMI techniques with other elements of care
7. Assess sensory discrimination abilities and develop a sensory precision training program based on assessment findings and current evidence
8. Appraise the evidence for using GMI in patient populations when used as a single intervention or as part of a combined approach.

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Graded Motor Imagery (updated) Thormbury on May 7, 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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