Australian Association of Massage Therapists
21-23 May 2010
6TH NATIONAL CONFERENCE Held at the Sydney Hilton
INCLUDING INTERNATIONAL PRESENTERS FROM THE USA & CANADA!
American presenter Whitney Lowe
Whitney Lowe has been a massage professional for over 20 years and is widely
known for his expertise in assessment and massage therapy treatment approaches
for chronic pain and injury conditions. His contributions to the massage fi eld are
wide-ranging and include extensive research and professional publications, teaching,
clinical work, consulting, and participation in national boards and committees.
Research and publication are a priority for Lowe. Lowe’s texts, Orthopedic
Assessment in Massage Therapy and Orthopedic Massage: Theory and Technique,
are used by massage therapy professionals and schools in their massage training
programs. In addition, he is a contributing author to several other books and his
articles appear regularly in professional peer-reviewed journals and popular
magazines, such as Massage Today, Massage & Bodywork and Massage Magazine.
On behalf of the Australian Association of Massage Therapists (AAMT), it gives me great pleasure to invite you to attend our 6th National Conference, held at the Sydney Hilton, May 21-23 2010. For 2010, we are excited to announce 5 International presenters from North America offering a diverse and exciting selection of sessions to cover the wide interest of AAMT members: Whitney Lowe (Oregan, USA) – Orthopedic Assessment and Massage
John Barrera (Texas, USA) – Assessment and treatment techniques for the Atlas/Axis/Cranial base
Mya Breman (Florida, USA) – CranioSacral Therapy
Colleen MacDougall (Edmonton, Canada) – The regulatory changes in Alberta, Canada and the effects to membership
Paul Buffel (Saskatoon, Canada) – Yoga presentation
Importantly, I would like to thank those who attended our 2009 national conference in Hobart and took time to fill out session feedback forms and rated the overall success of the conference. Once again, we have created a streamed program, which will result in every delegate having an opportunity to be involved in a hands-on workshop on one of the afternoons. Needless to say, workshop allocations are done on a fi rst in fi rst served basis so please register early to avoid disappointment.
As with all past AAMT conferences, the Gala Dinner ticket is included and I strongly encourage you to attend this important event, which includes a 3-course dinner and beverages. It is also the time to let your hair down and have fun with like-minded people in our industry. Please note that there is no discount on conference fees for delegates unable to attend our Gala Dinner, as we negotiate venue costs based on a variety of expenses and catering makes up a large part of this.
Finally, I’d like to thank our sponsors and trade exhibitors for their generous support and we look forward to seeing you at our 6th AAMT National Conference in Sydney.
CU in Sydney!
AAMT Conference Coordinator
This is an offi cial AAMT event and will attract 40 CPE points to registered members
of the AAMT. The program in this brochure may be subject to change.
John D. Barrera
John D. Barrera is a clinical Massage Therapist and International presenter with over 25 years of active medical/clinical massage experience. He has spent the last nine years furthering the development of Atlas/Axis/ Cranial Base balancing for the massage therapist.
John has authored three measurement and treatment strategy flow charts that will further the understanding of the massage therapist and other allied health professionals in this emerging and fascinating field of study. The Atlas/Axis/Cranial Base Connection could be an answer to relentless head, neck and body pain.
Mya’s career underwent a drastic shift when she left TV and radio to join the Upledger Institute as marketing director in 1989. Impressed by the results, she returned to school to study manual therapy. She has now become an experienced Licensed Clinical Social Worker and extremely fortunate to be mentored by Dr. Upledger in CranioSacral Therapy and Dr. Bruno Chikly in Lymphatic Drainage Therapy. She loves blending structural and emotional therapy in everyday problem solving, as well as, the most complex trauma. In addition to seeing private clients at UI HealthPlex, she frequently lectures at conventions, conferences and schools worldwide.
Susan Davis is a registered nurse, holds a B.HSc and several diplomas in the practice of remedial massage therapy. She has been in the massage profession for over 30 years.
Susan has continued her education at the leading edge of developing knowledge. She teaches
practical massage at Sydney University and has been a mentor to many young therapists through the Davis Health Centre. Susan is completing her Masters in Lifestyle Medicine under Professor Garry Egger. Her thesis on the relationship of musculoskeletal pain and disorders as an indicator of more serious chronic lifestyle issues is the cornerstone of her presentation at the conference.
Paul is an Osteopath and one of Australia’s leading experts in Swiss Ball Training and Exercise Rehabilitation. He is the owner and Director of Stay Tuned Sports Medicine and has worked in the Health and Fitness industry for over 17 years as a Gym Instructor, Personal Trainer, Coordinator of successful exercise rehabilitation programs, and lectures nationally and internationally.
Richard Hill is internationally regarded for his knowledge and understanding of the workings of the brain, body and mind. He specialises in the interplay between the mind and the body and how the conversation in both directions alters the way we function both physically, behaviourally and neurobiologically. He has spoken at the AAMT National Conference in 2008 and at the National Health Practitioners of Canada Conference in 2009. He lectures to the psychotherapy profession and the business community making the very complicated
processes of brain, mind and body easy to understand.
Brad is a veteran of the Sports Soft Tissue Industry with 11 years at the Australian Institute of Sport, four Olympic Games (two as Head Soft Tissue Therapist), two Commonwealth Games (both as Head STT) and 19 world championships with varying teams. Brad is the founder of the website ‘soft tissue therapy’ and the STT eMag. He currently operates Clinic 88 and also treats in 8 health clinics in Canberra and the East Coast while teaching nerve assessment and treatment at Canberra Institute of Technology. Brad has 55 published articles in numerous
magazines and journals and was a contributor to the development of Australia’s national competency standards.
Paula has been involved in the musculo-skeletal fi elds in many facets; nursing, remedial massage, personal training and cemented her studies with the Musculo-skeletal Degree. Her work concentrates in the muscle timing dysfunctions and how it creates many of the common conditions seen by practitioners.