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165192 - A comprehensive update in Neurosurgery, Neurology and Pain Management

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An interactive update in neurosurgery developed with a GP focus in order to expand the understanding of diagnostic & management strategies. The course will address pathologies across a broad spectrum of conditions affecting the brain & spine with a focus on clinical challenges faced by primary care providers. 
A team of neurosurgeons, neurologists & pain specialists from Melbourne Private Hospital will lead GPs through interactive sessions that review, debate & examine evidence, patient case studies & the available diagnostic and treatment options. A broad range of topics will be discussed including the significance of imaging & associated advances, surgical & non-surgical intervention for management of neck & back pain, headaches, brachialgia & sciatica, & Parkinson’s disease, & the significant cutting-edge treatment options for pain management & treatment of movement disorders. 

Relevance to General Practice

Back problems is one of the most commonly managed conditions in general practice 1. Based on data obtained by the Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) 2014–15, 3.1 of every 100 GP-patient encounters were reported to have been for the management of back problems. This is approximately 3.7 million GP encounters and equates to 16% of the Australian population. 
Furthermore, advanced surgical procedures are now used to treat a range of pathologies which have failed to respond to conservative management. These include keyhole surgery, minimally invasive surgery, robotic spinal surgery and artificial disc replacement. Whilst outcomes are improving, a number of patients either fail to benefit or lose an early benefit weeks or months later. There are numerous factors that can contribute to poor outcomes after surgery, and this update will provide GPs with a more profound understanding of each form of intervention, how it works and which patients may be suitable. (see attached)

Learning outcomes
  • GPs will be able to identify the common, rare and sinister presentations of brain and spine pathology, utilising a range of investigation techniques and imagin
  • GPs will be able to discuss the role of new techniques in treatment of spinal pathologies, recognise common postoperative factors
  • GPs will be able to evaluate common pain syndromes discuss the utility of spinal cord, peripheral nerve and dorsal root ganglion stimulation
  • GPs will be able to utilise course reference material specialist information to implement new strategies, and identify effective referral pathways
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    165192 - A comprehensive update in Neurosurgery, Neurology and Pain Management
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    8 hours
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