The Shoulder Course Series

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This is a series of three courses covering all aspects of shoulder screening, diagnosis and management.

These courses are designed with the clinician in mind with an emphasis on clinical applicability supported by current, evidence-informed and best practice guidelines. Suitable for any new or recent graduate, or experienced clinician returning to the workforce, or simply wanting to upskill in the diagnosis and management of shoulder pain.

You can enrol in the whole Shoulder Course Series, and online modules and lessons are also available individually. The online courses provide a flexible, convenient, interactive learning environment using a range of written and audiovisual content supported by case studies and clinical reasoning exercises. Optional workshops are available.

Click on the links below for more information on these courses.

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Shoulder Screening
Diagnosis & Non-Surgical Management Surgical Management



Course Aim

To produce practitioners who can:

  1. Accurately screen patients presenting with shoulder girdle symptoms for red flags, and other causes of symptoms that may require additional investigation or treatment in the primary contact setting.
  2. Make an accurate diagnosis of common shoulder conditions using combinations of clinical examination and imaging investigations.
  3. Apply evidence-informed, non-surgical management, including specific physiotherapy treatment and rehabilitation for common shoulder conditions and list the criteria for orthopaedic or other medical referral.
  4. Understand common surgical procedures as they relate to post-operative protocols, and apply appropriate post-operative rehabilitation following these procedures.  

Course Content

There are three online courses in this series:

1.   Shoulder Screening

In this course you will learn how to systematically work through a process of excluding other causes of shoulder pain, obtaining appropriate diagnostic imaging, and then classifying shoulder pain into categories that guide management.

2.   Diagnosis and Non-Surgical Management

In this course you will learn to make an accurate diagnosis of, and apply evidence-informed non-surgical management, including specific physiotherapy treatment for specific shoulder conditions within the main diagnostic categories: the stiff shoulder, the unstable shoulder, the rotator cuff and the acromioclavicular joint.

3.   Surgical Management

This course covers the surgical management and post-operative rehabilitation of specific shoulder conditions. In this course you will learn about indications for, and current surgical techniques and post-operative rehabilitation for specific surgical procedures.

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Diagnosis of Persistent Low Back and Referred Lower Extremity Pain

Spine croppedIt is with great pleasure that I announce the September 11 2017 opening of registrations for my clinical doctorate or Masters level online training course on lumbar spine diagnostics.

This course is in 4 Modules so that the cost and time commitment may be spread over 2-3 years.

Modules 1 to 3 are all online, so all you need is a computer, Internet and a commitment to becoming a better diagnostician as it applies to the lumbar spine & pelvis. Module 4 is a practical workshop / seminar and these will be available in various locations from 2018.

Online Modules 1-3 will each require about 30 hours of your time and the material is available over a 3 month period. All lectures are videos – audio-enhanced PowerPoint presentations varying in length from 25 to 50 minutes. A sample free lesson, Lesson 5 of Module 1 may be viewed here: The whole course is based on my own research and the research of others, and is replete with case studies, especially videoed assessments and treatments for common and less common disturbances presenting as back pain or sciatica. There are simple conditions, complex cases, and cases where I initially missed the right diagnosis.

The September 11 2017 launch is in the English language, but the course is now also available in the French language. It is planned that the course will become available in other languages over the next several years.

The below file is the full course description and further information is available from Southern Musculoskeletal Seminars (SMS) at

You can watch a short promotional video here:

You can also contact the course administrator for SMS, Rachel at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

There is a maximum number of places available so registrations for Module 1 are open for a month and will not reopen until 2018.

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