Pain, Plasticity & Rehabilitation

Altered outputs of the damaged nervous system: the forgotten problem of pain in neurological rehabilitation

Saturday 23 February, 8.30am-5pm (registration 8.30am-9am)
Sunday 24 February, 9am-4.30pm

NeuroRehab Allied Health Network, 76 Mahoneys Road (cnr Edgars Road), Thomastown VIC 3074

A two-day course presented by Brendon Haslam – Neuro Orthopaedic Institute

This lecture, practical and interactive course devised by Brendon Haslam and David Butler, of the Neuro Orthopaedic Institute (NOI), is about developing management strategies for the neurological patient with pain. It will help you to understand how the pain system works, the notion of pain as an output, and how this fits with neurological diagnoses/conditions. The relationship of pain to other homeostatic and response systems such as the immune and endocrine systems, cognitions and language will be introduced.

We know from research that neurological populations (such as Stroke, Spinal Cord Injury, Parkinson’s Disease and Multiple Sclerosis) experience higher incidences of chronic pain than that of the neurologically intact population. The addition of pain compounds the already disabling effects of the neurological condition, causing greater functional difficulties in task performance. Despite this, clinical guidelines remain consistently vague with regards to recommendations as to how to address this significant problem, and it is too often neglected in patient care.

This course will cover assessment and management strategies for this population, utilising strategies such as graded motor imagery, sensory retraining, and neuroscience education. You will learn how to utilise these strategies to influence pain and other outputs as appropriate, develop ideas of progression, and, importantly, learn how these fit within the rehabilitation model utilised in neurological rehabilitation, in both the acute and long-term setting.

Course Aims

  1. To introduce the concept of pain as one of many output systems that may be perturbed in neurological patients.

  2. To expand the clinical framework of neurological rehabilitation to incorporate pain rehabilitation, via the paradigms of neuromatrix and pain mechanisms.

  3. To re-conceptualise pain in terms of modern neuroscience and philosophy.

  4. To introduce an array of established and novel treatment strategies targeting the neurological patient with pain, based on clinical reasoning and evidence from clinical trials and neurobiology.

  5. To introduce the role of education in effective pain treatment, based on current research.

Course Programme Day 1

  • Pain in the Neurological Population: incidence, classification and impact.

  • Biopsychosocialism and use of paradigms.

  • Nociceptive, Neuropathic and Neuroplastic Pain: What does it all mean?

  • Pain and the damaged nervous system: central pain mechanisms.

  • Sensory profiling and retraining.

  • The output and homeostatic pain mechanisms.

Course Programme Day 2

  • Environment enrichment and spatial perception.

  • Graded Motor Imagery: ‘Sliding under the radar’.

  • Peripheral sensitisation.

  • Therapeutic Neuroscience Education: ‘Taking the threat out of pain’.

Presented by the Neuro Orthopaedic Institute (NOI)

NOI’s core philosophy is to create and provide evidence-based multimedia resources and courses for the treatment of pain. NOI reinvests directly into ongoing research in pain literacy education, graded motor imagery and neurodynamics. 


Instructor Brendon Haslam

BAppSc (Physio), MPhysio (Neurological)

Brendon has been working in combined neurological and pain rehabilitation since 1997, during this time completing a Master of Neurological Physiotherapy (2000) at the University of Melbourne. Since 2002, Brendon has been teaching post graduates and has furthered his training in numerous treatment approaches including Bobath and Proprioceptive Neuromuscular Facilitation.

Brendon’s particular interest is in developing treatment approaches for the neurological patient with pain and he is currently undertaking his PhD exploring contributions to, and neural processing of pain in stroke.


Course Co-Author David Butler 

As director of NOI, David has an international reputation for innovative clinical thinking, translation of basic science findings into real world applications, and being able to communicate both like no-one else. David is author and co-author of several books, and has developed and implemented pain science curricula for undergraduate and post-graduate programmes.


Saturday 23 February, 8.30am-5pm
(registration 8.30am-9am)
Sunday 24 February, 9am-4.30pm


NeuroRehab Allied Health Network,
76 Mahoneys Road (cnr Edgars Rd)
Thomastown VIC 3074 (map)


$850 (inc. GST) per registrant,
includes catering and workbook.


While there are no formal pre-requisites for this course, Pain, Plasticity & Rehabilitation is applicable to health professionals ideally with clinical experience in treating neurological patients and a desire to manage associated pain states.

Recommended Pre-Reading

Explain Pain Second Edn, Butler & Moseley, Noigroup Publications (2013), ISBN 978-0-9873426-6-9

Buy Audiobook – $35
Buy EBook – $35
Buy Printed Book – $70


Course Requirements

Participants are required to bring a laptop, iPad or Android device preloaded with a Noigroup Recognise™ App of their choice (Hand, Foot, Back, Neck, Shoulder or Knee) available for iOS or Android, phone or tablet from noigroup.com. Recognise™ Apps contain advanced toolsets for the first two stages of Graded Motor Imagery, have many new clinician features, and streamline patient use and treatment.

Buy Recognise™ App $9.99


Download Course Flyer & Registration Form

Click here to download the Course Flyer and printable Registration Form. For more information visit: http://www.noigroup.com/en/About or contact NeuroRehab Allied Health Network on (03) 9361 2234.

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