The professional development program is compulsory every two years for all certified PINC and STEEL Physiotherapists. We believe our Physiotherapists are providing an incredibly important service, which makes a profoundly positive impact on the lives of cancer patients. We want to continue to support our Physiotherapists to develop their skills and help them leverage these skills to impact more people in their communities.
Our Professional Development Program is updated each year.
This year we have a brilliant line up of presenters sharing their knowledge in the following 3 modules:
Presented by Physiotherapist, Paul Lagerman
This module consists of 2 presentations and a practical interactive webinar run by Paul Lagerman
Presentation 1 = Neurobiology of pain - Understanding pain related to cancer treatment
Pain is a an unpleasant sensory and emotional experience associated with actual or potential tissue damage, or described in terms of such damage. We now know that pain is 100% of the time produced by the brain. We also know there are no pain receptors, pain fibres, pain nerves, or pain messages that come from the body. Cancer pain differs somewhat from non-malignant musculoskeletal pain as a number of the treatments are highly invasive yet necessary to tackle cancer. This presentation discusses the causes of pain as a result of the various treatments that patients undergo as part of their cancer treatment.
Presentation 2 = Pain and the affective mind - the perceptual and emotional reaction to pain
Pain is more than just the cathartic expression "ouch". There lies an inner experience that is enveloped in feelings of depression, anxiety, stress, uncertainty, fear, isolation and, chaos. This inner experience is distress. This presentation discusses the perceptual - emotional reactions that we have with pain.
Improving understanding of patient status and concerns = Presented by Dr Judith Ansell is a NZ registered psychologist with a PhD in Biomedical Science from Liggins Institute, University of Auckland
This module consists of 3 presentations and a practical interactive webinar run by Dr Judith Ansell
Presented by Oncologist Michelle Wilson, Lou James and Denise Stewart
This module consists of 3 presentations with a option for PINC or STEEL Physios.
One in three men and women will be diagnosed with cancer in their lifetime. With our aging population and increasing cancer survivorship rates (up to 80% in some cancers). There are now over 22 million cancer survivors worldwide. There is an ever-increasing demand on rehabilitation services for cancer survivors. Becoming a PINC or STEEL Certified Cancer Rehabilitation Physiotherapist offers you the opportunity to make a huge difference to the life of cancer patients.