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RACGP CPD Activities, 10 Educational Hours : The Sports and Spinal Group ‘Fantastic Musculoskeletal Beasts and Where to Find them’ Annual Conference 2023

The Sports and Spinal Group ‘Fantastic Musculoskeletal Beasts and Where to Find them’ Annual Conference 2023 is bringing together industry leading experts in musculo-skeletal pain management for a day of education, hands on workshops and unique networking opportunities.

The Annual Conference will be held at Mooloolaba centerpiece Pier 33 on Saturday August 19 2023 from 8.30am to 3.30pm.

RACGP approved CPD Educational Activities: 10 hours

This is an RACGP CPD Activities event and will cover three key areas on the evolution of pain and pain management:

  1. Pain Storming part 1: Acute pain
  2. Pain Storming part 2: Subacute pain/surgical pain management
  3. Pain Storming part 3: Chronic pain

The Conference will be MC’d by Dr Rob Park and panel members include Dr Ingrid Hutton, Rheumatologist, Dr Stephen Byrne, Neurosurgeon, Dr James Tunggal, Orthopaedic Surgeon, Dr Paul Frank, Pain Physician, Dr Peter Georgius, Pain Physician, Dr Daevyd Rodda, Orthopaedic Surgeon, Dr Tim Butson, Pain Physician, Legal Specialist Travis Schultz plus Psychologist, Neurologist, Sports Doctor, Musculoskeletal GP & more!

Places are limited and filling up fast. If you are medical practitioner in a related field and are interested in attending, please email [email protected]

The Sports and Spinal Group ‘Fantastic Musculoskeletal Beasts and Where to Find them’ Annual Conference 2023 is generously supported by Travis Schultz and Partners, Sunshine Coast Orthopeadic Group, Sunshine Coast Neurosurgery, Life Health Care, Resolve Pain, Medtronic, Alpha Sport and Orthopaedics Queensland.

Time Event name
8:00 – 8:15am Check in and registration
8:15 – 8:50am House keeping, speakers and sponsors introduction, Ice breakers & Quiz 1
8:50 – 9:00am Case summary and explanation of the next steps
9:00 – 9:40am Pain storming part 1 – Acute Pain
9:40 – 10:00am Discussion and answers from Panel & Quiz 2
10:00 – 10:30am MORNING TEA
10:30 – 10:55am Pain storming part 2 – Subacute pain
10:55 – 11:10am Answers and panel discussion on subacute pain
11:10 – 11:50am Meet the experts & optional manual examination skills station
11:50 – 12:30pm Red flags & unhappy snaps & Quiz 3
12:30 – 1:30pm LUNCH
1:30 – 2:15pm The great legal pain debates
2:15 – 2:40pm Pain storming part 3 – Chronic pain
2:40 – 3:10pm Answers from the panel & Quiz 4
3:10 – 3:30pm Questions box, final panel questions and comments on the day + prizes
3:30 – 5:00pm Drinks and psychosocial debrief…


Time & Date

  • Saturday 19th August 2023
  • 8.30am Start
  • 3.30pm Finish (optional psychosocial debrief until 5.30ish)
  • Pier 33 Mooloolaba
  • Morning Tea, Lunch & Canapes Provided



Please click the title to download the: Evolution of Pain Evaluation Form.

Headline Presenters:

Dr Rob Park | Pain Specialist

Dr Rob Park is a pain specialist who values exploring complex pain conditions with a fresh perspective and explaining medical conditions in language that people can understand. Dr Park grew up in Cairns and studied at the University of Queensland before completing training at Nambour Hospital. Before becoming a pain specialist, Dr Park was a well-known local GP for almost ten years based in Buderim and was a national chief examiner for the Royal Australian College of GPs. He has presented at national GP conferences, wrote and convened the Sport and Spinal Sunshine Coast MSK and pain conference for the last three years, and is a freelance writer for Australian Doctor and a co-author of a medical textbook.


Dr Paul Frank | Pain Specialist

Dr Paul Frank is a pain specialist and anaesthetist with over 17 years experience in chronic pain medicine on the Sunshine Coast. Growing up in Cairns and trained in Brisbane, he has established himself as a well-regarded and valued pain specialist, helping many people reduce their pain and improve their quality of life over many years. Dr Frank is known nationally as a lead educator in pain procedures and is often asked to travel across Australia to teach other pain specialists and trainees these techniques and skills.


Dr Stephen Byrne | Neurosurgeon

Dr Stephen Byrne is a neurosurgeon and complex spine surgeon who commenced practice on the Sunshine Coast in 2017 and opened Sunshine Coast Neurosurgery in 2019. Dr Byrne underwent his neurosurgical training in Melbourne, Adelaide and New Zealand before gaining his Fellowship of the Royal Australasian College of Surgeons. Dr Byrne is originally from Scotland and completed medical school at the University of Aberdeen, the oldest English-speaking Medical School in the Western World.


Travis Schultz | Travis Schultz & Partners Managing Partner

Travis is deeply motivated to ensure justice is accessible for everyone and founded Travis Schultz & Partners (TSP) in 2018 with a vision to create a professional services firm driven by the values of fairness, respect and compassion. Today, a major pillar of his law practice is to offer industry leading legal representation with a No Win / No Fee, lower fee promise. Travis has been a Queensland Law Society Accredited Specialist in Personal Injury Law since 1999 and is recognised as one of Queensland’s leading compensation lawyers.


Dr James Tungall | Orthopaedic Surgeon

Mr James Tungall is a highly skilled orthopaedic surgeon with a sub-specialty in the treatment of conditions affecting the knee, shoulder and hip. His major interest and expertise are in sports orthopaedics, joint replacement and trauma surgery.


Dr Daevyd Rodda | Orthopaedic Surgeon

is a highly experienced and widely recognised hip and knee replacement surgeon. He is a leading proponent of anterior approach hip replacement and patient-specific, kinematically aligned knee replacement. Daevyd performs high volumes of these complex operations each year. Daevyd has a holistic approach to the management of painful, arthritic joints. He leads a multi-disciplinary team that provide the most advanced surgical and non-surgical treatments available.


Key Presenters: Dr Tim Butson | Rehabilitation Physician, Dr Peter Georgius | Pain Medicine Specialist, Dr Ben Tsang | Neurologist, Dr Ingrid Hutton | Rheumatologist, Dr Roger Faint | General Practitioner, Dr Dan O’Dea | Specialist Musculoskeletal General Practitioner, Dr Mark Wilson | Specialist Sport and Exercise Physician


A stand up morning tea and sit down lunch will be provided on the day. There will also be a tea and coffee station and we invite all in attendance to enjoy some light refreshments at the bar following the conference.


Pier 33 has parking available on site and some parking availability on Parkyn Parade.


The conference will take place in the upstairs function room at Pier 33.