International Guest Presenter

Julie Vaughan-Graham

In collaboration with New Zealand Bobath Association and the KICK Start Grant from the Physiotherapy New Zealand Neurology Special Interest Group we are so proud to bring the Canadian based spinal cord injury expert physiotherapist Julie Vaughan-Graham to provide 2 courses. This is a unique opportunity and we encourage ANYONE currently working or interesting in working with Spinal Cord Injuries to attend these courses. I can personally vouch that attending a course with Julie was a game changer in my treatment approach!

All course details are provided below. Please book NOW as the spaces are limited!!!

Julie Vaughan-Graham PT, PHD

  • Post-Doctoral Fellow Toronto Rehab – University Health Network, Mobility Team & ReLearn Lab, Department of Physical Therapy, University of Toronto
  • Neurological Physiotherapist; Physio-Logic Rehabilitation Services
  • Advanced IBITA Instructor

Julie graduated from St. Thomas’ Hospital, London, England in 1986.  Julie has worked in the area of neurorehabilitation since 1988, and has a special interest in the rehabilitation of the incomplete spinal cord injured individual.  Julie emigrated to Toronto in 1991, initially taking a position at Lyndhurst, Spinal Cord Injury Centre, and then later opening her own private community neurorehabilitation practice, Physio-Logic, in Toronto in 1993.  Julie is an Advanced IBITA instructor, and instructs post-graduate clinical Bobath courses across Canada and internationally.

Julie’s post-doctorate training is with the ReLearn Lab, Department of Physical Therapy, University of Toronto and Mobility Team, University Health Network-Toronto Rehabilitation Institute.  She also has an adjunct lecturer appointment with the Department of Physical Therapy, University of Toronto.

Julie completed her MSc in Neurological Rehabilitation at Leeds Metropolitan University, UK in 2010, and her doctoral studies at the Rehabilitation Sciences Institute, University of Toronto in 2016.

Body-Weight Support Treadmill & the Bobath concept

Exploring the relationship of postural control and stepping in

persons with an incomplete spinal cord injury

AUCKLAND 27th February – 1st March 2020

4 Day course at Auckland Spinal Unit

Course Description

Body-weight support treadmill training (BWSTT), provides a safe, intensive, task specific rehabilitation intervention for the recovery of locomotion.  However, the BWSTT evidence-base has been disappointing with respect to efficacy.  The integration of postural control and stepping is essential for the recovery of human locomotion, but this aspect of patient selection has received limited attention in the BWSTT evidence base.  The Bobath concept is a rehabilitation approach providing a conceptual framework for the assessment and treatment of complex movement problems. The integration of postural control, selective movement and manipulation of sensory information have been identified as key aspects of Bobath clinical practice.  This course will explore the inter-relationship of the recovery of postural control and stepping, and how the manipulation of sensory information, facilitation, a skilled aspect of Bobath clinical practice, can optimize patient selection for, and the application of BWST as a tool for locomotion recovery in the person with an incomplete spinal cord injury.

The course will consist of lectures, patient demonstrations followed by clinical reasoning sessions and practical sessions.  Patient treatment sessions may be included.

The following areas of assessment and treatment of the individual with incomplete spinal cord injury will be explored and discussed:

  • The interdependence of postural control and stepping for the recovery of locomotion
  • The role of sensory information in the facilitation of rhythmical stepping using BWS
  • The application of BWST in the recovery of locomotion

The course instructor will demonstrate the clinical application of the Bobath concept through the assessment and treatment of an individual with incomplete spinal cord injury.

The ‘Model of Bobath Clinical Practice’ (MBCP) will be used to provide an opportunity for the course participants to gain an improved understanding of the clinical reasoning process with respect to the individual patient’s clinical presentation.

The course participants, under the supervision of the course instructor, will have the opportunity to develop their movement analysis and handling skills through daily practical sessions.  All course participants should wear appropriate clothing for undressing during practical sessions.

The course instructor will provide supervision and guidance during patient treatment sessions if included in the schedule.

Cost: PNZ NSIG members: $575

           NON NISG members: $975

BOOK YOUR PLACE NOW – email Gilly@connectneurophysiotherapy.com

Incomplete Quadraplegia and Functional Recovery of the Upper Limb – An Introduction : The Bobath Concept

CHRISTCHURCH – 5th to 8th March 2020

4 Day course at St John of God Halswell

Course Description

This is an introductory level course to introduce the participant to the multiple aspects of the clinical presentation affecting functional recovery of the upper limb in an indivdual with incomplete quadraplegia. This course will be based on the conceptual framework and key aspects of clinical practice of the Bobath concept, and an understanding of human movement.

The course will consist of lectures, patient demonstrations followed by clinical reasoning sessions and practical sessions.  Patient treatment sessions may be included.

The following areas of assessment and treatment of the individual with incomplete quadraplegia will be explored and discussed:

  • The interdependence of core control, postural control and balance with respect to recovery of upper limb function
  • Development of the reach pattern
  • The limitation of the tenodesis grip in the iSCI population

The course instructor will demonstrate the clinical application of the Bobath concept through the assessment and treatment of an individual with incomplete quadraplegia.

The ‘Model of Bobath Clinical Practice’ (MBCP) will be used to provide an opportunity for the course participants to gain an improved understanding of the clinical reasoning process with respect to the individual patient’s clinical presentation.

The course participants, under the supervision of the course instructor, will have the opportunity to develop their movement analysis and handling skills through daily practical sessions.  All course participants should wear appropriate clothing for undressing during practical sessions.

The course instructor will provide supervision and guidance during patient treatment sessions if included in the schedule.

Course Objectives

The course participant will gain an understanding of:

  • The inter-relationship of postural control, balance and functional recovery of the upper limb
  • The underpinning neurophysiology of reach and grasp
  • The application of key aspects of Bobath clinical practice with respect to the clinical presentation of an individual with incomplete quadraplegia

Cost: PNZ NSIG members: $575

           NON NISG members: $975

BOOK YOUR PLACE NOW – email Gilly@connectneurophysiotherapy.com