Koadlow Community Lecture


The Koadlow Lecture is a free public event we hold annually in honour of Dr Leslie Koadlow, a passionate rheumatologist who founded our organisation in 1968 with his secretary Alice Petty and patient Mollie Riches.

Our mission – as it was 50 years ago when Les, Alice and Mollie began our journey – is to support people for better musculoskeletal health.

One way we achieve this is by providing valuable, up-to-date, high-quality information for people living with MSK conditions.

Koadlow lecture 2018

Pain, the brain and your amazing protectometer

There have been some amazing pain discoveries over the last 20 years and they have opened up new opportunities for people in pain. This talk will explain that when pain persists, your body learns pain and becomes over protected, but you can use proven strategies to slowly retrain your pain system to be less protective. To begin, you need to rethink what pain actually is, what factors contribute to your pain and how you can tailor make your own retraining programme.

Presenter: Prof Lorimer Moseley is currently Professor of Clinical Neurosciences and Foundation Chair at the University of South Australia. He has authored 300 papers and five books on pain and rehabilitation. Professor Moseley is particularly interested on how education about pain can lead to better pain-related outcomes and strongly supports public and health professional engagement, as exemplified in such initiatives as the ‘Pain Revolution’, ‘Tame the Beast’ and ‘Body in Mind’.

Duration: 1 hour 23 minutes

Koadlow lecture 2017

Stem cells and muscle, bone and joint health: Hope, hype and reality

The possibility that stem cells could be used to treat osteoarthritis and many other conditions has captured our imagination. But what exactly are stem cells and how could they work to reduce pain and increase mobility? Importantly, how close are we to such treatments becoming a reality? Learn about the latest research using stem cells.

Presenter: Assoc Prof Megan Munsie, Deputy Director – Centre for Stem Cell Systems, The University of Melbourne; Head – Education, Ethics, Law & Community Awareness Unit, Stem Cells Australia.

Duration: 1 hour 24 minutes

Koadlow lecture 2016

Walking into wellness: The role of complementary medicine in muscle, bone and joint health

This lecture will examine the history of complementary medicine, with a specific focus on the forms and approaches that are relevant to muscle, bone and joint health and conditions, as well as general health and wellbeing.

Presenter: Professor Marc Cohen is a medical doctor and one of Australia’s pioneers of integrative and holistic medicine. He is also currently President of the Australasian Wellness Association and Professor of Health Sciences at RMIT University where he leads postgraduate Wellness Programs and supervises research into wellness and holistic health.

Duration: 1 hour 26 minutes

Koadlow lecture 2015

Treating pain using the brain – David Butler

Pain is a big problem. Every year it costs Australia almost as much as the entire national broadband network will. It’s also a stigma-ridden, disease-causing, family-splitting, income-sucking, mostly silent and often mismanaged, brain construction. Over the past two decades there’s been a revolution in our knowledge of how pain is made by the brain, but very little of this information has reached pain sufferers.

Much of the complex pain science can be reduced to a simple formula, “we will have pain when our brain has more credible evidence of danger to our body than credible evidence of safety to our body”.

In this presentation, David Butler will explore your danger and safety balance and how thoughts can influence inflammation and make you swell, as well as discussing the vital importance of language and how movement can be improved with pain knowledge.

Presenter: Understanding and explaining pain are David’s passions, and he has a reputation for being able to talk about pain sciences in a way that everyone can understand. David is a physiotherapist, an educationalist, researcher and clinician. He is a director of the Neuro Orthopaedic Institute – an international organisation teaching biopsychosocial based pain treatment, and a lecturer at the University of South Australia. Among many publications, his most recent books include “Explain Pain” (2003, 2013), “The Graded Motor Imagery Handbook” (2012) and “The Explain Pain Handbook: Protectometer “(2015).

Duration: 1 hour 15 minutes



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