2017 Rehabilitation Medicine Society of Australia and New Zealand 2nd Annual Scientific Meeting


Conference Name: 2017 Rehabilitation Medicine Society of Australia and New Zealand 2nd Annual Scientific Meeting (2017 RMSANZ 2nd ASM) Early Bird Closes 14th August
Venue: National Convention Centre Canberra
Date: 17 – 20 September 2017
Website: http://www.dcconferences.com.au/rmsanz2017/
Theme: The Leading Edge: Innovation in Rehabilitation Medicine
Description: On behalf of the Rehabilitation Medicine Society of Australia and New Zealand (RMSANZ) and the Organising Committee we extend a warm invitation to attend the 2017 RMSANZ ASM to be held from 17-20 September at the National Convention Centre Canberra. The conference provides a forum for Rehabilitation Physicians to share up to the minute knowledge and experiences with colleagues to promote the growth and welfare of Rehabilitation Medicine and Rehabilitation Physicians in Australia and New Zealand. The 2017 program will incorporate the principal themes of Musculoskeletal Pain, Neuroplasticity and Spinal Cord Injury and Technology.
Contact: Conference Secretariat – DC Conferences, 02 9954 4400 or rmsanz2017@dcconferences.com.au
Facebook: www.facebook.com/RMSANZ-Annual-Scientific-Meetings-1649156378723302/

NZ Pain Society President on ACC Pain Contracts

Your views are sought.

Are the pain contracts working for patients? How is it affecting you as a provider of pain services? See the attached NZ Pain Society Newsletter


Dr John Alchin asks the following: When the new Pain Contracts came into force in late 2016, they appeared to bear little resemblance to those.. ( NZ Pain Society’s consultation submissions)….stated goals. ..I need some feedback from members on this topic…what course of action we should take on your behalf?

NZAMM and AFMM are continuing to make verbal submissions in this area, the next meeting with ACC being 8th August, but we are considering a written submission as well. Please send any ideas to Dr Mark Johnston markjohn@ihug.co.nz


A doctors touch

Ok everyone, we know the kappa scores for various examination tests are not great and that most examination tests we do have likelihood ratios that will not change significantly our diagnostic accuracy. However we cannot measure the crucial importance of a therapeutic examination. When all the statistics are said and done we will make mistakes and waste a therapeutic opportunity if we do not touch the patient. I hope you find the TED talk by Dr Abraham Verghese inspiring: https://www.ted.com/talks/abraham_verghese_a_doctor_s_touch

BMI and Lifestyle factors with All-cause mortality

So with a large cohort prospective epidemiological study, there is a challenge to the ideas around BMI as a risk factor.

Although people with a higher BMI can have lower risk of premature mortality if they also have at least one low risk lifestyle factor, the lowest risk of premature mortality is in people in the 18.5-22.4 BMI range with high score on the alternate healthy eating index, high level of physical activity, moderate alcohol drinking, and who do not smoke. It is important to consider diet and lifestyle factors in the evaluation of the association between BMI and mortality.

An open article in 21st October BMJ


World Osteoporosis Day 20th October

Osteoporosis New Zealand marks World Osteoporosis Day on 20 th October 2016

This month, our friends at Osteoporosis New Zealand (ONZ) are supporting the International

Osteoporosis Foundation’s (IOF) World Osteoporosis Day (WOD) Awareness Campaign. Under its

theme of Love Your Bones: Protect Your Future, WOD 2016 calls upon the general public to take

early action to protect their bone and muscle health, and for health authorities and physicians to

protect their communities’ bone health.

NZAMM members can play a vital role in reducing the burden that osteoporosis, falls and fractures imposes upon

our older people, their friends and family, and our health and social care budgets. Accordingly, we encourage you

all to read more about this exciting Campaign at http://www.osteoporosis.org.nz and implement its

recommendations in

  • World Osteoporosis Day 20th October
your practice.

Read more about this exciting Campaign at  http://www.osteoporosis.org.nz