Spinal Muscular Atrophy – Exploring the possibilities

1-Day workshop

This 1-day workshop for physiotherapists and occupational therapists will be held at the Queensland Children’s Hospital.

The workshop will provide an update on the recent medical advances in Spinal Muscular Atrophy and explore how these impact on the Physiotherapy and Occupational Therapy management of these children.

Learning goals

  • To understand the disease process of Spinal Muscular Atrophy (SMA)
  • To be introduced to recent changes in medical management for children diagnosed with SMA
  • To understand the history and future directions of the management of children diagnosed with all types of SMA
  • To review the recently published SMA standards of care and their implications to allied health management in Australia
  • To outline appropriate outcome measures that can be used for the assessment of children diagnosed with SMA across abilities and ages
  • To review the principles for optimal musculoskeletal management of children with all types of SMA
  • To highlight guidelines for the safe and effective prescription of exercise and progression of mobility in children with SMA
  • To develop an understanding of infant development on the background of SMA
  • To develop an understanding of the continence issues that children with SMA by present with
  • To identify the role of respiratory physiotherapy for children over the lifespan who have been diagnosed with SMA
  • To help support the establishment of networks to provide ongoing support and education to health professionals across Queensland


Kristy RoseKristy Rose is a Physiotherapist who has been working in a both a clinical and research capacity in Neurogenetics at The Children’s Hospital at Westmead, Sydney for the past 20 years.  In 2010 she was awarded a PhD for her thesis investigating outcome measures and interventions for the foot and ankle in paediatric neuromuscular disorders. Today she continues to pursue her research interest in outcome measures for infants and toddlers with neuromuscular disease as a postdoctoral researcher in the Paediatric Gait Analysis Service of New South Wales at the Children’s Hospital at Westmead and School of Physiotherapy, University of Sydney.

Kristy is a senior consultant Physiotherapist for ATOM International, Ltd where she is the lead clinical evaluator master trainer for the Asia-Pacific region. She provides training and implements quality assurance frameworks across various measures of strength and motor function for industry sponsored clinical trials in neuromuscular disease and connective tissue disorders. Most recently Kristy has enjoyed working across a number of studies in spinal muscular atrophy for Biogen, Roche and Novartis.


8.30am – 9am Registration
9am – 9.10am Introduction and welcome
9.10am – 10.10am Understanding SMA, recent advances in management and future directions
10.10am – 10.40am Outcome measures in SMA
10.40am – 11am Morning tea
11am – 12pm Standards of care and best practice management
12pm – 12.40pm Respiratory care in SMA
12.40pm – 1.20pm Lunch
1.20pm – 1.50pm Encouraging infant development in SMA
1.50pm – 2.40pm Postural management, equipment and upper limb function in SMA
2.40pm – 3.15pm Bowel and bladder management
3.15pm – 3.30pm Afternoon tea
3.30pm – 4pm Participation and daily life – a family perspective
4pm – 4.30pm Case discussions and panel
4.30pm Close


15 November 2019


Queensland Children’s Hospital
501 Stanley Street, South Brisbane, QLD 4101


e: LCCH_Physio_Neuromusc@health.qld.gov.au

t: 07 3068 2240


Full registration (in-person): $180

Videolink registration: $150

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