MSK Community Webinar Series

Do you have a musculoskeletal condition like arthritis, back pain or fibromyalgia and want to learn more about it?

Our FREE community webinars are a great way for you to hear from experts about these conditions and how to manage them. You’ll get practical, up-to-date information, knowledge and skills to help you manage your condition effectively.

Check out the topics we’ve put together for you in the 2024 series!

Book for MSK’s entire 2024 community webinar series here!

OR register for individual sessions below.

To find and watch our previous webinars please visit here.

Webinar topics


Diagnosis and management of psoriatic arthritis

Psoriatic arthritis can be challenging to recognise due to both the varied ways it can present and overlapping symptoms with other conditions. This difficulty can sometimes lead to a delay in diagnosis and ultimately treatment. This webinar will discuss the key features of psoriatic arthritis, including the main symptoms, tests that can assist diagnosis and effective treatments available.

Dr Adam Rischin is a consultant rheumatologist with public hospital appointments at The Alfred and Goulburn Valley Health, and private practice appointments at Malvern Rheumatology, Southern Rheumatology, and Cabrini Hospital in Melbourne.

Watch the recording of this webinar!

Working well with your healthcare provider

Living with a chronic health condition can, at times, feel like your condition is in control. Would you like to find out how to put yourself back in the ‘driver’s seat’ with your condition being a ‘passenger’? This webinar will give you some tips and strategies on how to how to effectively communicate with your healthcare providers; how to plan ahead for your appointments; and advice about being aware of your emotions’ impact on your information processing and decision-making. Understanding more from the perspective of your health professionals and what they are aiming to achieve when working with you will also be covered.

Ms Bridget Scanlon  is a psychologist who is committed to working from the biopsychosocial model of health. She is passionate about helping clients understand the mind–body connection and developing their confidence to cope independently. Bridget works in a multi-disciplinary team at Empower Rehab where they assist people experiencing persistent pain to do more.

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Understanding and managing thumb arthritis

This webinar is designed to provide consumers with a better understanding of osteoarthritis and an overview of the most up-to-date hand therapy options for treating and managing their condition.

Ms Jessica Cauchi is an Accredited Hand Therapist (as awarded by AHTA) and a Clinic Director at Melbourne Hand Rehab. Jessica has a passion for providing clientcentred, holistic care that is evidencebased.

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Diagnosis and management of axial spondyloarthritis

Axial spondyloarthritis (axSpA), whether with x-ray change (ankylosing spondylitis) or without x-ray change (non-radiographic axial SpA), is usually diagnosed many years after the onset of symptoms. Until diagnosis, chronic back pain is commonly experienced by people with this condition. This webinar will help you understand what axSpA is, how is it diagnosed and what are the common treatment and management approaches.

Dr Lionel Schachna is the director of rheumatology at the Austin Hospital. He runs the spondylitis clinic at the Austin Hospital which was established in 2004 and has treated more than 2000 patients with axial spondyloarthritis.

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The role of the microbiome in a person’s health

Have you heard about the microbiome, but are not really sure what it is? Wondered about the connection between the microbiome and your health? This webinar will review the methodology that has been developed to evaluate the human microbiome, discuss some of the pivotal studies that have evaluated the role of the microbiome in a person’s health generally, as well as studies specific to what is known about the microbiome in inflammatory musculoskeletal disease.

Conjoint Prof Marissa Lassere is a clinical rheumatologist and Senior Staff Specialist Rheumatologist at St George Hospital, the current Chair of the Management Committee of Australian Rheumatology Association Database (ARAD), and is involved in numerous research, ethics, and quality improvement committees at local, state and national levels.

Her national and international research track record includes collaborative research establishing longitudinal cohorts in inflammatory arthritis, patient-reported outcomes (PROs), imaging biomarker development/ evaluation and surrogate therapeutics, and successful research grants including a Centre of Research Excellence in inflammatorily arthritis and two Medical Research Future Fund grants in adult and juvenile arthritis.

More recently she has undertaken research and has received grants on the microbiome in inflammatory arthritis and is affiliated with the Microbiome Research Centre, UNSW at St George Hospital.

Wednesday 31 July 2024, 7pm AET – Register for this webinar here!

The importance of exercise and physical activity for osteoarthritis – How to go about it.

In this webinar, Dr Christian Barton will discuss the importance of prescribed exercise and getting active to help manage knee osteoarthritis. A number of myths will be discussed and busted. The numerous benefits of exercise for osteoarthritis and general health will be discussed, and guidance on how to address pain to get active again provided.

Dr Christian Barton is a physiotherapist with his research and practice focused on the management of persistent knee pain and osteoarthritis (OA), as well as running-related injury. He is based at La Trobe University’s Sport and Exercise Medicine Research Centre in Melbourne.
Wednesday 21 August, 7pm AET – Register for this webinar here!

What is Sjogren’s disease and how is it managed?

Sjogren’s disease is a multi-system autoimmune condition. Your immune system is designed to identify foreign bodies (e.g. bacteria, viruses), and attack them to keep you healthy. However in the case of Sjogren’s disease, your immune system attacks the glands in your body that make moisture (e.g. tears, saliva). In addition, Sjogren’s disease is associated with a number of co-morbidities that can be classified as extraglandular manifestations and this can include inflammatory arthritis, lupus-like rash, and other organ involvement. This webinar will provide the audience a greater understanding of Sjogren’s disease – what it is, how it is diagnosed and how it is managed.

Presenter: Associate Professor Alberta Hoi is a rheumatologist, leading lupus expert and translational researcher in Australia. Her research focuses on disease predictors and outcomes, registry design and implementation, quality of care and patient centered interactions.
Thursday 14 November 2024, 7pm AEDT – Register for this webinar here!


Anxiety and Depression Linked to Chronic Pain
Presenter: Dr Jacqui Stanford, Health Psychologist, Empower Rehab
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Getting A Good Night’s Sleep​
Presenter: Associate Professor Christopher Worsnop, Sleep Physician, Austin Hospital in Melbourne
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Diagnosis and Management of Rheumatoid Arthritis
Presenter: Dr Tina Racunica, Consultant Rheumatologist and the Director of Southern Rheumatology.
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Understanding Complex Regional Pain Syndrome
Presenter: Dr Anne Daly, Specialist Pain Physiotherapist.
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Diagnosis and Lifestyle Management of Hip/Knee Osteoarthritis
Presenter: Rana Hinman, Research Physiotherapist and Deputy Director, Centre for Health, Exercise & Sports Medicine, University of Melbourne.
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What Can You Do About Neck Pain​?
Presenter: Shaun O’Leary, BPHTY (Hon), MPHTY (Msk), PhD, Associate Professor in Physiotherapy between the School of Health and Rehabilitation Sciences at the University of Queensland, and the Royal Brisbane and Women’s Hospital Physiotherapy Department.
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Medicinal Cannabis for Musculoskeletal Conditions and Chronic Pain: An Update
Presenter: Iain McGregor, Professor of Psychopharmacology and Academic Director of the Lambert Initiative for Cannabinoid Therapeutics in the Brain and Mind Centre at the University of Sydney, Australia.
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All About Fibromyalgia
Presenter: Dr Emma Guymer, Rheumatologist, Monash Medical Centre.
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Osteoporosis and osteopenia
Presenter: Dr Sonia Davison, Endocrinologist, Melbourne Thyroid and Endocrine Centre.
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Non-opioid Pain Management
Presenter: Dr Caroline West is a GP and medical advisor for NPS MedicineWise.
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Surgery for joint arthritis
Presenter: Professor Peter Choong, Sir Hugh Devine Professor of Surgery at St. Vincent’s Hospital 
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Common shoulder problems and their management
Presenter: Dr Sarah Walmsley, Lecturer at The University of Newcastle. 
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Weighing up risks and benefits of complementary medicines for musculoskeletal conditions
Presenter: Adj Assoc Prof Geraldine Moses, clinical pharmacist specialised in Medicines Information. 
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The impact of musculoskeletal conditions on intimate relationships: What to know and where to access help
Presenters: Prof Ilana Ackerman, musculoskeletal epidemiologist in the School of Public Health and Preventive Medicine at Monash University; Ms Laura Restoux, Senior Physiotherapist with the Central Coast Local Health District and Ms Brooke Dobo, an experienced women’s and pelvic health physiotherapist based in Brisbane.
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Musculoskeletal conditions and your employment rights
Presenter: Jessica Dawson-Field, Employment Associate, Maurice Blackburn Lawyers
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Pregnancy and Arthritis
Presenter: Dr Claire BarrettConsultant Rheumatologist and Senior Lecturer University of Queensland 
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Diet and nutrition in older adults
Presenter: Prof Judi Porter PhDAccredited Practicing Dietician, FDAA Dietetics Discipline Lead IPAN 
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The doctor told me to exercise more to help my osteoarthritis. What does that mean and how can it help?
Presenter: Dr Christian Barton Senior Research FellowLASEM Research Centre 
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Pain management and musculoskeletal conditions
Presenter: Dr Jacqui StanfordPsychologistEmpower Rehab 
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Inflammatory arthritis
Presenter: Dr Marie FeletarRheumatologist 
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Hands and arthritis
Presenter: Ms Josephine Gibbs-DwyerOccupational TherapistWorking Hands Therapy 
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Diagnosing and managing gout
Presenter: Dr Tina Racunica, Rheumatologist, Melbourne
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Mindfulness in managing your health
Presenter: Jo Dunin, Melbourne Centre for Mindfulness
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Musculoskeletal conditions and your mental health 
Presenter: Jacqui Stanford, Director and Principal Psychologist, Empower Rehab. Musculoskeletal Australia is very grateful to Abbvie Pty Ltd for sponsoring this webinar. 
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Diagnosing and managing polymyalgia rheumatica
Presenter: Dr Daniel Boulos, Rheumatologist, Melbourne
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We would like to thank Dr Daniel Boulos for kindly re-recording the webinar after a technical problem caused the original recording to be lost.

Understanding scleroderma and Raynaud’s phenomenon
Presenter: Dr Nava Ferdowsi, Rheumatologist, St Vincent’s Hospital, Melbourne
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Staying strong and on your feet into older age
Presenter: Dr Frances Batchelor, Director, Clinical Gerontology Division at the National Ageing Research Institute and Director of Research in the Melbourne Ageing Research Collaboration (MARC)
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Diagnosing and managing lupus

Presenter: A/Prof Alberta Hoi, Head of the Lupus Clinic, Monash Medical Centre; Chair, Australian Lupus Registry and Biobank
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My life changed in October 2020. I went from being able to move freely – going for long walks – to the next day struggling to move one foot in front of the other. My body would seize up and I would be in constant pain. It took 12 months of tests to get a diagnosis and then the fun began researching my condition. Osteoarthritis has no cure; it is about medication and preventative maintenance to avoid further deterioration.

There wasn’t a lot of information for my specific condition, but my husband found a free webinar hosted by Musculoskeletal Australia on how to manage back pain. It was the help and support I needed to learn more and without them providing this wonderful free service I would still be navigating my way through understanding my condition.


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