Bracing & Supports Webinar


Throughout the year, Össur Academy hosts live online webinars, covering a range of topics. Please go to our Össur Events page for full details and registration information about upcoming webinars. We will continually update with new session details as they become available.

Following each session, the presentation and recording of the webinar will be available to view in your own time.

Current Management of Meniscal Tears

Presented by Tim Lording, this webinar will examine the current state of play for meniscal tears. Tim will provide an insight into the current protocols in place and the critical thinking required when evaluating meniscal injuries. Topics to be covered include:

  1. Meniscal structure and function
  2. Types of meniscal tears
  3. When to repair, when to resect and when to leave alone
  4. Rehabilitation after meniscal surgery

About ​​​​​​Tim Lording ​​​

Tim Lording is a locally and internationally trained orthopaedic surgeon specialising in surgery of the knee. Born and educated in Melbourne, Tim completed his undergraduate medical degree at Monash University in 2002. He subsequently undertook advanced orthopaedic training in Victoria and Tasmania, and obtained a fellowship of the Royal Australasian College of Surgeons in 2011.

Webinar Session: Wednesday 24 November 2021 at 7-8pm AEDT

Foot Wound Offloading in Central Australia

Presented by Andrew Jolly (cPO) and Gabrielle McNamara (Podiatrist), this webinar discusses the health services operating in Central Australia that cover an area of nearly one million square kilometres, including services for users living in remote settings across the lower half of the NT, APY Lands (SA) and across the border into WA. Hear about the challenges and enablers to effective foot wound offloading in this setting and the novel initiatives underway to increase access to foot wound offloading that is culturally and environmentally appropriate for the region.

About Andrew Jolly

Andrew is a prosthetist/orthotist, currently working to support the administration of the Congress Allied Health Service. Andrew has been involved with the development of high risk foot services in rural, remote and low resource contexts, including Kiribati, Samoa and Alice Springs.

About Gabrielle McNamara

Gabrielle is a Podiatrist, currently working in a Project Podiatry role with Congress Allied Health Service as part of the Diabetes Related Foot Complications Program. Gabrielle has experience working in Community Health, Hospital, and Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health care settings. Gabrielle is passionate about working with diverse communities and advocating for equitable health access.

Tackling Osteoarthritis - An MDT Approach

In this webinar, Matthew will explore in-depth how to tackle OA effectively using an MDT approach. You will learn about the rationale behind an MDT program, including a clinical case study highlighting the utility of the Össur Unloader braces. This webinar will also cover a comprehensive definition of OA and review the current guidelines for OA management. Importantly, Matthew will discuss the key elements of MDT care and how best to implement an MDT program.

About Matthew Williams
Matthew is an Allied Health Manager at a mobile workforce in the NDIS and Aged Care Sectors. He recently worked as a Physiotherapist and Musculoskeletal Coordinator at the Royal North Shore Hospital Osteoarthritis Chronic Care Program, a position he held for 8 years and assisted in the expansion of the program in the public and private sectors. Matthew continues to actively contribute to research on the benefits of conservative management for OA sufferers and has consulted in a number of working groups implementing conservative multidisciplinary programs. Most recently he presented the Australasian region for the World Health Organisation in developing a package of rehabilitation interventions utilised globally.

Short and Day Stay Arthroplasty at a Regional Australian Hospital with Routine Resources

This webinar covers the journey toward the pilot program of day surgery joint replacement at Grafton Base Hospital and the program results. Dr Martin discusses early results, lessons learned along the way and barriers to day surgery total joint replacement. Technical aspects of the program is presented and importantly, the motivation for the development of this or similar programs is explored.

About Dr Sam Martin
Dr Sam Martin is a fellowship trained orthopaedic surgeon with a hip and knee arthroplasty practice based in the Mid North Coast and Clarence Valley region of New South Wales. Dr Martin graduated from the University of Tasmania in 2000 and undertook surgical training in Queensland. Completing his training in 2009, Dr Martin was then awarded a Fellowship of The Royal Australasian College of Surgeons in Orthopaedics. Dr Martin lived in Belgium for 12 months to participate in a hip and knee fellowship at the University Hospital of Leuven, Pellenberg campus.

‘A brace, one of those things will do’ - Demystifying Orthotic Management of the Spine

Join Timothy Burke, cPO, as he explores the clinical considerations of spinal orthosis and the role Orthotists and Prosthetists can have in guiding spinal fracture management.  

About Mr Timothy Burke: Mr Timothy Burke has more than 10 years of clinical experience working in the Victorian public health care system across the spectrum of care (acute, subacute and chronic management) and has developed an interest and expertise in trauma and the orthotic management of spinal fractures.

The Changing Face of ACL Injury Management in Australia

Internationally renowned Orthopaedic Surgeon, Dr Nigel Hartnett, presents on the changing face of ACL injury management in Australia and how current management does not always equate to best practice. Nigel covers the factors and his decision algorithm for determining when non-surgical or surgical ACL management is required, and how allied health professionals can assist patients to rehabilitate following an ACL injury with or without surgery. Nigel also discuss ACL prevention strategies and how the Rebound ACL brace from Össur can assist patients during their rehabilitation.

About Dr Nigel Hartnett: Dr Nigel Hartnett is a New Zealand-born Orthopaedic Surgeon, based in Melbourne, who specialises in managing and treating knee conditions and injuries of patients of all ages. He completed his degree in Medicine at the University of Otago in 2000 and obtained his Fellowship in Orthopaedic Surgery from the Royal Australasian College of Surgeons in 2010, becoming a Fellow of the Australian Orthopaedic Association in 2014. Nigel is an active international member of the International Society of Arthroscopy, Knee Surgery, and Orthopaedic Sports Medicine, The European Society for Sports Traumatology, Knee Surgery and Arthroscopy, The Asia-Pacific Knee, Arthroscopy and Sports Medicine Society, and the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons. Nigel completed his sub-specialty training in Knee Surgery under the mentorship of the world-renowned surgeons Mr. John Bartlett, Professor Julian Feller, Mr. Hayden Morris, and Mr. Tim Whitehead.

The Ticking Timebomb of Paediatric Knee Injuries in Sport

Dr Sheanna Maine follows on from Dr Alex Nicholl's presentation on Paediatric ACL injuries with an overview of the development of Australia’s first Paediatric ACL registry at the Queensland Children’s Hospital. ​​​​​​The registry has been set up to firstly identify children who have ACL injuries and look at their outcomes following ACL reconstruction. We take a look at the demographic data gathered to date including age, gender and sporting activity for the first 150 patients recruited. A key aim will be to raise awareness of the importance of injury prevention programs in this small but critically important age group.

About Dr Sheanna Maine: Dr Maine is an Adult Lower Limb Orthopaedic Surgeon with a specialist interest in Paediatric Orthopaedics and Limb Reconstruction. She has completed fellowships in paediatric orthopaedics and patellofemoral surgery. Dr Maine is secretary of the Australian Limb Lengthening and Reconstruction Society and is also a faculty member of the Australian Paediatric Orthopaedic Society having been an organising committee member and instructional course lecturer for the past 4 years. She currently practices in Brisbane focussing on paediatric surgery, patellofemoral conditions, lower limb deformity correction surgery and limb lengthening/reconstruction in children and adults.

From Rupture to Running - Holistic Management of Achilles Tendon Injuries

Presented by Dr Amy Touzell, an Australian trained Orthopaedic Surgeon, this webinar covers surgical and conservative management of Achilles Tendon injuries. Dr Amy Touzell's presentation covers surgical techniques, when she chooses to operate and her conservative management protocols. Josh Ferguson, Physiotherapist, discusses the rehabilitation process for patients after a rupture or Achilles injury, to help them return to activity and best function.

About Dr Amy Touzell BMedSci, BMed, MPH, GradDipSurgAnat, FRACS(orth).
Dr Amy Touzell is a highly respected, Australian trained Orthopaedic Surgeon with a subspecialty interest in foot and ankle arthroscopy. After completing medical school through the University of Newcastle in 2005, she moved back home to Melbourne for surgical training. Dr Touzell completed the very first year of her surgical training at Frankston Public Hospital. Following her Australian training, Dr Touzell moved to the United Kingdom for two years to learn the latest minimally invasive techniques in lower limb deformity correction and complex trauma management.

About Josh Ferguson
B.Physio, M.Sports Physio.
A titled APA Sports Physio, Josh has worked in private practice since graduating in 2005. Josh enjoys working with sports people across the full spectrum of participation: from elite athletes to social participants for both injury prevention and improved conditioning. Josh was appointed as the Physiotherapist for the Canadian Hockey Team at the Rio Olympics. Josh also consults at The Victorian Institute of Sport across all sports, including hockey, swimming, athletics, cycling and netball, and is a keen athlete himself.

The Growing Burden of Arthritis: The Promise and Reality of Regenerative Medicine

Join Dr Julien Freitag, Associate Professor and Musculoskeletal Specialist, as he discusses mesenchymal stem cells (MSCs) ability to differentiate into bone and cartilage that has seen considerable research interest in their potential to assist in musculoskeletal repair and regeneration. Both pre-clinical and early phase clinical trials have shown reproducible benefit of stem cell therapy in managing OA with observed pain, functional and structural improvements.

About Dr. Julien Freitag: Dr Julien Freitag is an Associate Professor, experienced Musculoskeletal Specialist and a Fellow of the Australasian College of Sport and Exercise Physicians. Dr Julien Freitag also holds an adjunct research Fellow position at Charles Stuart University and his practice is focused on the active management of musculoskeletal conditions, including osteoarthritis and tendinopathy.

The Influence of Footwear, Exercise and Knee Bracing on the Biomechanics of Patients with Knee Osteoarthritis

In this webinar, Scott Starkey discusses his current research investigating the knee load response from the Össur Unloader One brace, footwear type, and exercise on participants with knee osteoarthritis. In particular, Scott discusses the collection of patient-specific anatomical data and muscle data and how these can be used to best model knee joint function.

About Scott Starkey: Scott is a Physiotherapist and PhD candidate at the Centre for Health, Exercise and Sports Medicine at the University of Melbourne. His research investigates the effect of physiotherapy-based interventions for people at risk of, and with established knee osteoarthritis via patient-specific neuromusculoskeletal modelling. Scott also works clinically at Symmetry Physiotherapy in Altona North where he has a special interest in knee rehabilitation.

Patellofemoral Instability in Paediatric Patients

Presented by Dr Sheanna Maine, this webinar covers the diagnosis and management of patellofemoral instability in paediatric patients. Topics covered include:

  1. Prevalence and incidence of patellofemoral instability
  2. Causes and risk factors for patellofemoral instability in this population
  3. How paediatric management differs from the management of adults

About Dr Sheanna Maine: Dr Maine is an Adult Lower Limb Orthopaedic Surgeon with a specialist interest in Paediatric Orthopaedics and Limb Reconstruction. She has completed fellowships in paediatric orthopaedics and patellofemoral surgery. Sheanna is secretary of the Australian Limb Lengthening and Reconstruction Society and is also a faculty member of the Australian Paediatric Orthopaedic Society having been an organising committee member and instructional course lecturer for the past 4 years. She currently practices in Brisbane focussing on paediatric surgery, patellofemoral conditions, lower limb deformity correction surgery and limb lengthening/reconstruction in children and adults.

An Orthopaedic Surgeon's Insight into Sports Knee Injuries

Presented by Dr Ross Radic, this webinar explores the causes and movements attributing to sport-related knee injuries. We also discuss the management, referral and protocols regarding post-surgery steps with third parties, including recovery and ongoing support, strengthening and movement of the sport-related knee injuries.

About Dr Ross Radic: Dr Ross Radic is an Australian and internationally trained Orthopaedic Surgeon with extended expertise in all aspects of knee surgery, particularly anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) reconstruction, robotic knee replacement, multi-ligament knee reconstruction and limb realignment.

Management of ACL Injuries in Paediatric Patients

This webinar discusses Dr Nicholls’ surgical and conservative management protocols for ACL injuries in the paediatric population and factors that influence the treatment pathway.

Topics covered include:

  1. Prevalence and incidence of paediatric ACL injuries
  2. Risk factors for paediatric ACL injuries
  3. How management in paediatric patients differs from standard management
  4. Protocols for surgical and conservative management

About Dr Alex Nicholls: Dr Alex Nicholls is an orthopaedic surgeon, specialising in all paediatric and adult knee conditions. Dr Nicholls works closely with sports injuries, arthroscopic ligament reconstructions and managing arthritis in young and active patients.

Bracing Protocols in Management of Osteoarthritis and Other Degenerative Meniscus Conditions

Presented by Dr Timothy McMeniman, this webinar discusses principles for treating knee OA and other degenerative meniscus conditions, and how he incorporates bracing protocols into his management. Topics covered include:

1.     Overview of OA management and meniscus tears/degeneration
2.     Integration of bracing in OA management
3.     Integration of bracing in the management of meniscus injuries

About Dr Timothy Mcmeniman: Dr Timothy McMeniman is an Orthopaedic Surgeon trained in Queensland who specialises in treating sports injuries of the lower limb, knee arthroscopy, and joint replacement of the knee and hip.

An Orthopaedic Insight Into Some of the Most Common Foot and Ankle Conditions Seen by a Surgeon

In this webinar, Mr Otis Wang discusses some of the most common foot and ankle concerns that present to his orthopaedic clinic, along with the treatment pathways. Topics covered include:

1.      Bunion and Lesser Toes with Metatarsalgia
2.      Hallux Rigidus - Big Toe Arthritis and Cartiva
3.      Flat Foot Deformity - Tibalis Posterior and Spring Ligament Dysfunction
4.      Ankle Lateral Instability and Cavovarus Foot
5.      Syndesmosis Instability the High Ankle Sprain

About Mr Otis Wang: Mr Wang obtained his medical degree from the University of Melbourne in 1998 and completed his orthopaedic surgical training in Victoria gaining his Fellowship of the Royal Australian College of Surgeons in Orthopaedic Surgery in 2006. He then completed international fellowships in Cambridge and Bristol in the UK specialising in foot, ankle and knee surgery. His interest and specialisation cover all aspects of foot and ankle surgery including conditions ranging from sporting injuries, both elite and the weekend warrior, to degenerative and reconstructive conditions.

Advanced Bracing Principles For Revision ACL and Complex Multi-Ligament Knee

Recent evolving ACL surgical treatment technologies and conservative treatment protocols require advanced rehabilitation technologies. The importance of dynamic, anatomically appropriate loading is critical. Presented by Bret Carter, Director of Medical Marketing at Össur Americas – Bracing & Supports, this webinar discusses the need for conservative ACL treatments particularly focused on ACL revisions, the biomechanical data, as well as the clinical application and utilisation of such bracing.

About Bret Carter
Bret Carter, Director of Medical Marketing at Össur Americas – Bracing & Supports, has been involved with Sports Medicine for over 30 years. Global experience in patient care and outcomes, biomechanical and clinical research, product research and development, along with clinical and corporate education – Bret has a passion for new and innovative technologies that will advance both patient care and medical professionals alike.

Spinal Fractures, Conservative Management and Overcoming Tyranny of Distance for Managing Rural Patients

Presented by Dr Ryan Gallagher, Physiotherapist, this presentation explores some of the issues and challenges faced in managing patients who have suffered a spinal fracture living in rural and remote regions, including challenges faced in receiving timely and appropriate care. The presentation draws on experiences, knowledge and processes that Dr Gallagher has employed to improve the clinical outcomes for patients with spinal fractures requiring conservative management with a spinal orthosis, and the role that technology, such as telehealth, can play in managing rural and regional patients.

About Dr Ryan Gallagher:
Dr Gallagher is a Physiotherapist with 10 years’ experience working in Neurosurgery, with numerous journal publications in Physiotherapy, Neurosurgery and spinal fracture management. Dr Gallagher is an affiliated researcher with the Hunter Medical Research Institute and currently works as an advanced practice Physiotherapist in the Neurosurgical Clinic at the John Hunter Hospital in NSW. His research interests include research which improves models of care and the quality of care for patients needing Neurosurgical input.

Medical Imaging and Conservative Management of Common Fractures

Presented by Xavier Yu, Radiologist, and Robert Vragovski, Orthopaedic Technologist, this webinar covers medical imaging of simple fractures including how to analyse x-rays, MRIs and effectively read a radiologist’s report. This webinar also covers the conservative management of simple fractures in upper and lower limbs including casting techniques, time frames of healing, force application for best management of common fractures and tips and tricks from a clinician who has treated thousands of fracture patients.

About Xavier Yu:
Based in Melbourne, Xavier (MBBS/BA FRANZCR) is a Radiologist in General Radiology at St Vincent's Hospital, Western Health and Barwon Health (Geelong) in public practice, for Capital Radiology in Somerville and works for Everlight Radiology (Teleradiology). Xavier is also a reader for Monash and NorthWest BreastScreen. He is a current member of the RANZCR Victorian Branch Committee and Diagnostic Economics Committee. Xavier's special interests in radiology include musculoskeletal imaging, breast imaging, health advocacy, clinical governance and education.

About Robert Vragovski:
A Senior Orthopaedic Technologist at the Royal Melbourne Hospital, Rob has over 20 years of experience working in casting, including hosting casting workshops nationally and internationally. Rob also lectures at LaTrobe University and Monash University and has presented plastering workshops for General Practitioners rurally and regionally. Rob is the current treasurer of Australian Institute of Orthopaedic Technologists and a member of National American Orthopaedic Technologists.

Diagnosing and Treating Medial Knee Pain

Medial collateral ligament injuries are among the most commonly diagnosed sports injuries. It is however important to realise that not all medial knee pain is caused by injuries to this ligament. In this webinar, Mark Fulcher, Sport and Exercise Physician at Axis, New Zealand, discusses an approach to the assessment and management of medial knee pain with a specific focus on the medial collateral ligament. The treatment of isolated medial ligament injuries, as well as multi-ligament injuries is also reviewed.

About Mark Fulcher:
Mark Fulcher (MBChB, MMedSci, FACSEP) is a Sport and Exercise Physician at Axis, New Zealand. Mark is currently the Medical Director at New Zealand Football and Team Doctor for the All Whites, Football Ferns (NZ Women’s Team) and the Northern Mystics netball team. Mark contributes to Sports Medicine education as a regular guest lecturer at universities and Sports Medicine meetings around New Zealand. Mark has a special interest in injury prevention and the treatment of concussion.

A Review of Össur’s Spinal Interest Group Meeting 2018

A review of Össur’s Spinal Interest Group Meeting 2018 including the complete presentation of special guest presenter, Mr. Greg Etherington, Consultant Spine Surgeon at The Alfred Hospital - “Treatment of stable and unstable fractures of the spine - diagnosis and treatment considerations”.

About Greg Etherington:
Greg Etherington completed his Orthopaedic training in 1999 in Sydney, before undertaking Spine Fellowships in London from 2000-2002 at Royal Orthopaedic Hospital (Stanmore), Great Ormond Street Children’s Hospital (London) and National Hospital for Neurology and Neurosurgery (London). Greg continued to work in London from 2002-2007 as a Spine Surgery Consultant at the UCLH Trust, before moving to Spine Service in Sydney in 2007. In 2011, Greg was appointed as Spine Surgery Consultant at The Alfred Hospital and Epworth Hospital in Melbourne.

Management of Degenerative Meniscal Tears

Presented by Christopher Wallis, CPO, this webinar discusses the management of meniscal injuries, with a focus on degenerative meniscal tears. It explores the presentation and prevalence of meniscal injuries, treatment options, recent literature demonstrating a shift in treatment strategy, and a clinically proven treatment option for degenerative meniscus tears and knee OA.

Practical Application and Management of Halo Orthoses

Presented by Gavin Burchall, Manager of Orthotic & Prosthetic Department at the Alfred Hospital, this webinar provides a practical overview of Halo orthoses, including Halo selection, application techniques, and review protocols.

Developments in the Management of PCL and Multi-ligament Knee Injuries

Presented by Luke O’Brien, Vice President of Clinical Physical Therapy in Vail and the Rehabilitation Coordinator for Dr. Richard Steadman, and Christopher Wallis, CPO and Össur APAC Clinical and Education Manager, this webinar discusses developments in the management of PCL injuries, including multi-ligament knee injuries with PCL involvement. The webinar explores the clinical presentation of PCL injuries, recent literature, treatment options, and the rehabilitation of PCL injuries utilising Össur’s Rebound PCL brace.

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