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BRIGHTON, AUSTRALIA -- The 2017 theme for AAFN's landmark clinical neuroscience event is "Athletic Performance: A Neural Perspective". It takes place in the Melbournian suburb of Brighton at the Brighton Savoy Hotel from 6-8th October, 2017.

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Dr. Ebonie Rio PhD, Masters Sports Phys, Ba.Phys(hons), Ba.AppSci

‘From Tendon to Brain and Everything Inbetween’

Ebonie has completed her Phd in tendon pain. Her research has been awarded Victorian Fresh Scientist of the year 2015, ASICS SMA Best New Investigator 2004, 2013 & 2014 in Clinical Sports Medicine, best clinical science Pain Adelaide 2013 and BJSM young investigator Best Clinical Paper 2014. Her clinical career has included Australian Institute of Sport, Australian Ballet Company, Australian Ballet School, Melbourne Heart football club, Alphington Sports Medicine Centre, Victorian Institute of Sport, Commonwealth Games 2006,2010 Vancouver Winter Olympics, 2010 Singapore Youth Olympics, 2012 London Paralympics, 18 months travelling with Disney’s The Lion King stage show (Melbourne and Shanghai tour) and she was awarded the Post-Graduate Scholarship at the AIS (2007).

Mr Matthew Bagg, APAM, B. Physio (Hons), B.ExSpSci

‘Maladaptive CNS plasticity and chronic pain’

Matthew Bagg APAM is a physiotherapist and clinical scientist working in the area of central nervous system dysfunction in persistent pain. His work investigates the effectiveness of new treatment approaches targeting maladaptive CNS plasticity in chronic low back pain and the brain differences that may underly this dysfunction. Mr Bagg trained as a physiotherapist at the University of Notre Dame Australia, Fremantle and has previously worked in australian rules football and private practice. He is currently undertaking his PhD at Neuroscience Research Australia working with Dr James McAuley, Dr Markus Hübscher, Professor Ben Wand and Professor Lorimer Moseley.

Mr Bagg will speak about his current work in chronic low back pain, using brain-based therapy to improve treatment outcomes.
The presentation will cover the underlying theory of persistent pain as a problem of maladaptive CNS plasticity, the data that support this view and will link this information to the clinical presentation of chronic low back pain and other chronic pain conditions. Clinical application of this knowledge to new treatment approaches, methods to optimise existing care and the supporting data for these will be a strong feature of the presentation.

Dr. David Traster Chiropractor*

Saturday – Clinical Applications of the Vestibular System
Sunday – Clinical Applications of the Oculomotor System
Monday – Clinical Applications of Non-Invasive Neuromodulation

David is a licensed US chiropractor with a Master’s Degree in Sports Health Science. David has also undergone further study having received a Diplomate in Chiropractic Neurology by the American Chiropractic Neurology Board as well as a Fellow in Brain Injury and Rehabilitation by the American College of Functional Neurology**. He also serves as an Associate professor for the Carrick Institute for graduate studies. He is a certified practitioner in Applied Kinesiology, and also a certified personal trainer with special interest in performance enhancement and corrective enhancement through NASM. David has lectured and consulted for practitioners across the world and has been a co-author on 36 case study publications in the journal of Frontiers Neurology. He has also attended over 1000 hours of clinical grand rounds with Dr Ted Carrick.
*Holds AHPRA Registration in the Public Interest
**Qualifications not recognised in Australia

Dr. Brett Jarosz BAppSc(CompMed), MClinChiro, ICSSD, PGradDipSportsChiro, DACNB, CertPT, FICC

‘A neuro-Orthopedic approach for pain and injury’

Brett is a practicing sports chiropractor with a strong clinical interest in athletic and sporting injuries; neuro-orthopaedic rehabilitation; corrective exercise therapy; running biomechanics/technique efficiency and optimizing athletic performance. Besides sports chiropractic, Brett also has practice interests in pre- and post-surgical rehabilitation.

While in private practice, Brett also teaches Rehabilitation & Exercise Therapy; Orthopaedic & Neurological Assessment; and Advanced Rehabilitation, in the undergraduate and postgraduate chiropractic degrees at RMIT University in Melbourne. He is an Assistant Professor of Clinical Neurology at the Carrick Institute for Graduate Studies, and is part of the leadership team at FNOR (Functional Neuro-Orthopedic Rehabilitation). Brett also recently developed www.erepsonline.com: an evidence-based rehabilitation and exercise therapy prescription software, with in-built outcome measures, for health professionals. He has a number of publications within international peer-reviewed journals regarding sports chiropractic; clinical assessment and diagnosis; multi-modal management; ergogenic aids; and rehabilitation.

Dr. Luke Henderson, Associate Professor of Anatomy and Histology

‘Central changes in individuals with chronic neuropathic and non-neuropathic pain’

An Associate Professor in the Sydney Medical School at the University of Sydney, for the past 15 years Dr Henderson has led the Neural Imaging Laboratory. Their work uses human brain imaging techniques such as functional, structural and biochemical MRI and electroencephalogram recordings to explore central changes associated with acute and chronic pain. Dr Henderson’s is currently exploring the brainstem sites responsible for endogenous analgesia, as well as the mechanisms underlying altered thalamocortical rhythm in individuals with chronic neuropathic pain.

Dr. Simon Grbevski, B.Optom, FACBO, FCOVD, FCSO

‘Optometric intervention of closed head injuries’

The involvement of both the visual system and vestibular system in the symptomology, and intervention options will be covered. What tools does the behavioural optometrist have to help in the diagnosis and treatment of these conditions will be covered with some case presentations.

Graduated in 1976 from University of N.S.W. Dr. Grbevski has spent over 40 years in promoting the value of Vision and Optometric intervention in children with learning difficulties. He has given numerous lectures to Optometrists, Teachers and General Practitioners on the topic of Vision and Learning. He has run several workshops for Optometrists around the country and the USA on how to carry out “Optometric Vision Therapy”. Mr Grbevski was a founding member of both the Australasian College of Behavioural Optometrists (ACBO), the N.S.W Australian Optometric Association.(AOA) Sports Vision Section (later becoming the National A.O.A. Sport Vision section).

Dr. Grbevski has supervised General Optometry Clinic at the University of N.S.W. for many years and still assists in the Vision Therapy and Sports Vision Workshops. In 1987, he introduced Optometric Phototherapy (Syntonics) to Australia. This is the use of specific wavelengths (colour) for the remediation of Visual Dysfunction. In 1991 he started the Australian College of Syntonics incorporated in 2000 and has been its President since.

Dr. Danielle Gregory Chiropractor

‘As simple as possible but not too simple’

Details doen’t necessarily translate into clinical application or success. Danielle is known for her passion to take complex material and make it as simple as possible, but not too simple – in clinical application and in teaching.

Danielle will talk about:
*Vestibular fundamentals – applications (and also knowing what not to do)
*Vestibular Applications
*Observation, Expertise and Application – how to use this simple model in multidisciplinary collaborations.

Danielle’s model of Observation, Expertise, and Application has been used to deliver crystallized learning to patients and students alike. She recently travelled some of the flagship clinics in the USA to cement a decade of learning and application in the model of functional neurology. She will bring this depth of knowledge and experience to event delegates.

IDEAL Connexions has a culture of connection, her team recently developed a process that streamlines the delivery of functional neurology to complex patients – recruiting the family unit, other stakeholders including teachers, other carers and professions – to make it more effective, affordable and integrated into activities of daily living. This model obeys many principles of health behaviour and health care best practice. This event Danielle is teaming up with regular referral network – Behavioural optometrist of 40 years – Simon Grvbeski, to detail insights from their clinical collaborations on complex cases.

Dr. Will Johnson Chiropractor

‘Functional Neurology: An Introduction’

Will is an experienced Chiropractor whose credentials include a Bachelor of Chiropractic Science, Masters of Chiropractic and representation of the American Chiropractic Neurology Board as a Diplomate. His training also extends into qualifications in multimedia, IT, film and communications.

Currently, Will owns and runs a successful practice in South Australia, with a diverse patient base, managing cases through neuro-orthopaedic rehabilitation, sports rehab and standard care. He couples this with the development of clinical tools and technology to maximize clinical outcomes for his patients and the profession.

Additionally, he has served on the board of directors of the Australasian Academy of Functional Neurology. With a multi-vocational background, he is known in the community for communicating across borders of understanding, promoting friendly tenacity and intellectual rigor.

Dr. Chistine Houhgton PhD

‘Evolving Nutrigenomic Strategies for addressing Autistic Spectrum Disorder and related neuropsychological disorders’

Following many years in private practice as a Chiropractor and Nutritional Biochemist, Christine is currently engaged in doctoral research at the University of Queensland, investigating bioactive phytochemicals with significant clinical potential.

In addition to her research, Christine is co-author of the course: TRANSLATIONAL NUTRIGENOMICS, an online course for practising clinicians. Her own company Cell-Logic, specialises in formulating nutrigenomically-active solutions for enhancement of human health.

She is an accomplished writer and an engaging speaker whose evidence-supported presentations may challenge accepted but often-outdated paradigms. Christine’s forte lies in taking complex biochemical concepts and translating their essence into concepts relevant to the needs of practising clinicians and their patients.

She is the author of “Switched On – Harnessing the Power of Nutrigenomics to Optimise Your Health”. Her peer-reviewed publications include two Review papers on Sulforaphane, the bioactive compound derived from broccoli sprouts.


The recommended accommodation for the Symposium is the North Sydney Harbourview Hotel. Mention the Sympsoium venue the Kirribilli Club for their conference rate. Breakfast and Parking included!

*Student is FULL TIME undergraduate or post graduate learner in Health Care or Neuroscience. Student card to be presented at the door.

Venue: The Kirribilli Club, 11 Harbourview Cresecent, Lavender Bay, North Shore, Sydney

Cancellation policy: A cancellation fee of $55 applies up to 15th July (balance refundable). No refunds available after 15th July.

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Disclaimer: In the event of industrial disruption or natural disasters, AAFN cannot accept any responsibility for any financial or other loss which may be incurred by any delegate, nor injury or damage to persons or property occurring during the seminar. Insurance is the responsibility of the individual delegates.



  1. Practitioners listed on AAFNs website, and lecturers that present at AAFN events, are not medically trained or medically registered within Australia (unless clearly indicated).
  2. All content presented (clinical, research or theoretical) relating to functional neurology/neuroscience, though sourced from current scientific literature as much as possible, is not meant to convey a medically trained opinion, or specifically a medical neurologist expert opinion on topics presented.
  3. Patients who attend for functional neurology services should seek a second opinion from a registered specialist neurologist or medical practitioner, if they wish to do so, prior to commencing treatment.