Welcome Message from the Organising Chair

Dear Friends and Colleagues,

On behalf of the Singapore Physiotherapy Association, I am pleased to announce that the Association’s biennial congress, the Singapore-International Physiotherapy Congress (SIPC) will be held in May 2018.  This will be the 11th run of the congress since 1995, where it was formerly run as the National Congress of the Singapore Physiotherapy Association.

On behalf of the organising committee, I would like to extend a warm invitation to all of you, our physiotherapy colleagues and friends, near and far, to join us at this congress as a delegate and/or a presenter.  Be part of this exciting event where innovations, advanced practice and groundbreaking research on exercise, physical activity, physiotherapy & multidisciplinary interventions to promote health and wellness across various populations are shared and discussed by experts in the field and the community of physiotherapists.

We look forward to see you there at the congress in May 2018!

Warm regards,
Er Beng Siong
Organising Chair SIPC 2018

"Movement for Health, Physiotherapy Across All Ages"

Physiotherapists are involved in a key factor of human living, that is movement, and are required for people of all ages. SIPC 2018’s Theme, “Movement for Health, Physiotherapy Across All Ages”, encourages physiotherapists of all disciplines and ages to share their experiences in enhancing health through movement.

Singapore Physiotherapy Association

Formed in 1964, the SPA serves to unite, support and represent the physiotherapy profession in Singapore and beyond.

We provide various education platforms including SIPC in hope to continue encouraging high standards of physiotherapy practice, education, and research to promote safe, effective, and proven clinical standards.

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Organizing Committee

Congress Chair

Er Beng Siong

Congress Co-chair

Dawn Tan May Leng

Committee Members

Ahmad Bukhari Bin Ahmad Tarmizi
Amanda Lee Yan Ying
Cheryl Poon
Foong Jing Wen
Jason Lai Chung-Chun
Jazimin Haron
Jean Tan Pei Pei
Jerome Ng
Sivapriya V R
Maureen Loh

Movement for Health,Physiotherapy Across All Ages

9:00 AM - 5:00 PM (Full Day Workshop) @ Academic Plaza SR4A
Manipulation Techniques for Lower Cervical and Lumbar Spine

This manipulative therapy workshop aims to enhance manual therapy skill level, and share knowledge on effective treatment methods to improve commonly encountered irritable conditions. The 2 trainers are experienced and proficient practitioners, whom have observed good clinical outcomes with manual therapy methods.

The workshop shall include:

1. Revision of palpatory process
2. Thorough revision of passive accessory and physiological mobilisation techniques
3. Revision on safety, applicability, contraindications of spinal manipulation
4. Discussion and demonstration on effective manual treatment techniques
5. Supervised practise and assessment of spinal manipulation

Learning Objectives
At the end of the workshop, participants should be able to perform satisfactory spinal screening, assessment for suitability, and executing lower cervical and lumbar spine manipulation.

** Participants will need to self declare that they are not pregnant, do not have VBI, vestibular dysfunction, prolapsed intervertebral discs or spinal conditions. And they have to fill in indemnity form before we can accept registration.

Mr Er Beng Siong

In collaboration with:
9:00 AM - 12:00 PM (Half Day Workshop) @ Singapore Institute of Technology
Toe-Spreader for the management of toe-clawing spasticity in neurological patients

Toe clawing spasticity may be present in patients post neurological insults. This challenging problem can cause pain at tips of toes, metatarsalgic pain, callus, ulcers; and affect the balance and gait of patients. Toe spreader is an innovative and non-invasive approach in the management of toe clawing spasticity. This workshop will include a lecture on pathophysiology of toe clawing spasticity and its sequelae as well as treatment options. In addition, there will be practical hands-on session to learn the art of fabrication of toe spreader for the management of toe clawing spasticity.

Learning Objectives
At the end of the workshop, the participants will be able to:

1. Understand the pathophysiology of toe clawing spasticity and its sequelae.
2. Assess patients with toe clawing spasticity, formulate problem list and treatment goals; and consider the treatment options available.
3. Use appropriate outcome measures to evaluate the effectiveness of treatment for toe clawing spasticity.
4. Demonstrate competency in the fabrication of toe spreader.

Assistant Professor Wee Seng Kwee

In collaboration with:
9:00 AM - 1:00 PM (Half Day Workshop) @ Singapore Institute of Technology
Searching, retrieving and understanding physiotherapy journal articles: The first step toward evidence-based practice

Evidence-based practice is a healthcare practice approach which integrates the best available research evidence with clinical expertise and patient values. With an emphasis on the principles of evidence-based practice, this workshop is designed for clinicians who wish to enhance their skills in sourcing, interpreting, and applying the scientific literature in clinical practice to optimize patient outcomes. The workshop covers literature search, study design & research terminology, critical appraisal tools, and simple statistical data interpretation.

Learning Objectives
At the end of the workshop, the participants will be able to:

1) Discuss the need for evidence based medicine practice
2) Conduct systematic search of medical literature that relates to a clinical question
3) Appraise the quality of a clinical research
4) Interpret the results of common types of clinical research

Asst Prof Dawn Tan

In collaboration with:
8:30 AM - 5:30 PM (Full Day Workshop) @ Training Room 2-1
Maximising Exercise and Functional Performance Outcomes in Every Patient Across Physiotherapy Practice Settings: An Emphasis on Health and Wellbeing Overall.

Increasingly, lifestyle-related non-communicable diseases are the leading cause of chronic morbidity and premature death in low- and middle-income countries as well as high-income countries. In turn, they are associated with considerable human suffering, and leading social and economic burdens in their societies. This workshop describes the central role of physical therapists in maximizing health outcomes for patients today and reducing risk factors for lifestyle-related non-communicable diseases. Maximizing health outcomes with the use of assessments of health behaviors and beliefs, which largely reflect the patient’s culture and traditions, are presented along with evidence-based lifestyle behavior change interventions. Practical application of health competencies is a primary component of the workshop. This workshop provides essential tools to lead the assault on non-communicable diseases, for which physical therapists are uniquely strategically positioned to do.

Learning Objectives
At the end of the workshop, the participants will be able to:

1. To understand physical therapy’s unique and leading role in achieving two primary goals in each and every patient irrespective of presenting complaint:
a) maximize health
b) reduce risk of lifestyle-related non-communicable diseases

2. To learn simple evidence-based health and lifestyle assessment tools and health behavior change interventions

3. To be able to articulate why non-pharmacological approaches consistent with physical therapy practice are often superior to biomedical interventions for addressing chronic non-communicable diseases

4. To identify how physical therapists can maximize public and population health outcomes in one-on-one patient care, and in community based programs.

Prof Elizabeth Dean
8:30 AM - 12:30 PM (Half Day Workshop) @ Training Room 2-2
CrossFit: An introduction to World-class Fitness Training

CrossFit is a world-class fitness regimen, developed by Greg Glassman over several decades of research and experience, to improve fitness and health in various populations across all ages. CrossFit workouts comprise of high intensity functional movements reflecting the elements of gymnastics, weight-lifting, running, rowing and more. Its programs are scalable for any committed individuals from untrained older adults to elite athletes. Finally, CrossFit inclusive fitness programs are supported by measurable and repeatable outcomes! This workshop comprises of lectures and hands-on practical sessions and provides a good introduction to CrossFit training programs, and how its elements may be useful to the physiotherapist.

Learning Objectives
At the end of the workshop, the participants will be able to:

1) List CrossFit range of training programs
2) Discuss principles of fitness training and prescription
3) Scale training programs by varying load and intensity to individuals of various fitness levels
4) Measure outcomes of training programs in a systematic way
5) Access CrossFit certified trainer programs in Singapore

Coach K
1:30 PM - 5:30 PM (Half Day Workshop) @ Training Room 2-2
Footwear selection for runners

Short synopsis of workshop:

This workshop aims to redefine rehabilitation for runners. The biomechanics of running will be revisited and common causes which predispose runners to injuries will be discussed. The workshop will also help to enhance participants observational skills of running and teaches techniques to enhance running performance including footwear selection and lacing methods.

Learning Objectives:

At the end of the workshop, participants would be able to:

1) Describe the biomechanics of running
2) Discuss common causes of running injuries
3) Teach techniques to minimize injuries and enhance running performance
4) Select running footwear which can enhance performance
5) Select lacing methods to optimize running performance

Brief Content of Workshop:
Prehab redefined
Myth busters
Running Form
Clinical Assessment Basics (Clinical and Biomechanical)
Don't Go with the Trend, Go Back to Basics
Rehab Now
Common injuries from newbies to elite runners
Dynamic Evaluation of the Injured Runner
Clinical hypothesis and intervention
Best treatment to least proven treatments
Success in running and racing

Ms Jenny Huang (Phoenix Rehab), Mr Andy Neo (ASICS)
9:00 AM - 4:30 PM (Full Day Workshop) @ Training Room 4-2
Aerobic Exercise Post-Stroke: Evaluation and Exercise Prescription after Stroke

The workshop includes a high level review of cardiac risk factors and underlying cardiovascular disease/conditions in those with stroke. This workshop discusses research and published exercise recommendations for people post-stroke including exercise testing and prescription. There will be discussion on submaximal exercise test interpretation and how to use in clinical practice (including clinical decision making during testing). Participants will learn about the FITT (Frequency, Intensity, Time and Type) principle and how to apply to exercise prescription in those after stroke.

Learning Objectives
At the end of the workshop, the participants will be able to:

1) Identify the cardiovascular, metabolic, and brain health benefits of aerobic exercise post-stroke
2) Discuss how the principles of exercise testing can be applied to people with stroke, including considerations of medications, underlying cardiovascular disease and potential adaptations may be required to accommodate the needs of people with neurological impairment
3) Discuss and apply exercise testing results including clinical decision making and exercise prescription post-stroke
4) Understand how exercise in stroke recovery interacts and promotes both cardiovascular health and physical function

Assoc Prof Sandra Billinger

9.00am: Introduction
(Dr Stanley Winser, Hong Kong Polytechnic University, Hong Kong)

9.10am: Tai Chi for balance and falls prevention in neurological disorders- A systematic review and meta-analysis
(Dr Priya Kannan, Hong Kong Polytechnic University, Hong Kong)

9.25am: Seated Tai Chi improves the dynamic sitting balance control in people with spinal cord injury
(Dr William Tsang, Hong Kong Polytechnic University, Hong Kong)

9.40am: Tai Chi for improving balance in cerebellar ataxia: A feasibility study
(Dr Stanley Winser, Hong Kong Polytechnic University, Hong Kong)

9.55am: Cost effectiveness of Tai Chi for improving balance and falls prevention in cerebellar ataxia: An economic evaluation alongside a randomized controlled trial
(Dr Stanley Winser, Hong Kong Polytechnic University, Hong Kong)

10:10am: Q & A

1:30pm: Musculoskeletal health and Fraility
(Ms Cindy Soh, NHG Polyclinics, Singapore)

1:45pm: Effect of behaviour-based lifestyle intervention program on health outcomes
(Asst Prof Rahizan, Singapore Institute of Technology, Singapore)

2:00pm: Managing patients with complex comorbidities
(Prof Elizabeth Dean, University of British Columbia, Canada)

2:15pm: How to motivate and support your clients
(Ms Virginia Tai, Singapore Heart Foundation, Singapore)

2:30pm: Q&A

3:30pm: Engaging the community in Dementia care
(Dr Ng Chong Jin, Khoo Teck Puat Hospital, Singapore)

3:50pm: Physiotherapist-led geriatric rehabilitation programs for older adults in nursing homes: What's the evidence?
(Ms Yong Limin, NTUC Health, Singapore)

4:10pm: Frailty Assessment Measure (FAM)
(Dr Rahul Malhotra, DukeNUS school, Singapore)

4:30pm: Home Alone No More – Sustaining community integration through community exercise programs.
(Ms Vivian Lim, Touch Community Services, Singapore)

4:50pm: BPPV and falls in older adults
(Ms Tee Lee Huan, Tan Tock Seng Hospital, Singapore )

5:10pm: Q&A

9.00am: Predictors and Outcomes of Total Knee Arthroplasty
(Ms Felicia Seah, Sengkang Health, Singapore)
(Ms Cheryl Poon, Singapore General Hospital, Singapore)

9:15am: CGH Fragility Hip Valuedcare Programme
(Ms Tan Shumei, Changi General Hospital, Singapore)

9:30am: The Influence of Idiopathic Neck Pain on Postural Control in Older Adults
(Ms June Quek, Singapore General Hospital, Singapore)

9:45am: Outcomes of Physiotherapy Service at Emergency Department
(Ms Ngo Xueting, Tan Tock Seng Hospital, Singapore)

10:00am: Q&A

1:30pm: Pharmacological management of chronic pain
(Dr Tan Kian Hian, Singapore General Hospital, Singapore)

1:45pm: Psychosocial and Behavioural Practices and Approaches to Clinical Management of Pain
(Dr Kinjal Doshi, Singapore General Hospital, Singapore)

2:00pm: Cortical changes in chronic pain: Targets for therapy?
(Dr Mark Catley, University of South Australia, Australia)

2:15pm: Managing pain in children
(Ms Ng Shin Huey, KK Women's and Children Hospital, Singapore)

2:30pm: Q&A

5 presentations 8 minutes + 2 min Q&A

9:00am: Assessing the neurology of a new-born baby - Some Tips
(Dr Vijayendra, Singapore General Hospital, Singapore)

9:15am: Experiences from the Special Olympics
(Ms Emily Lim, Urban Rehab, Singapore)

9:30am: Early Intervention program for neonates in NICU
(Ms Asila Alia Noordin, KK Women's and Children Hospital, Singapore)

9:45am: Why crawl when you can walk
(Ms Eudora Tang, National University Hospital, Singapore)

10:00am: Q&A

Short synopsis of workshop:
Pilates exercise approach has been widely accepted in the field of rehabilitation. This workshop is designed to equip physiotherapists desire to improve effectiveness and compliance of exercise in their clinical environment, especially those working with patient in musculoskeletal, sports, orthopaedics and elderly environment. We will have lecture time and demo session to better understand and appreciate the movement work.

Learning Objectives:
At the end of the workshop, the participant will be able:
1. To develop a clear clinical reasoning pathway and effective decision-making in movement retraining using pilates-inspired exercises
2. To apply Pilates-inspired exercise to improve quality of movement in the exercise program
3. To use foam roller as an effective exercise tool with emphasis on anatomy and biomechanics to improve muscle length, joint mobility, and dynamic stability to achieve functional goal in their treatment plan

Ms Choong Li Sann

3:30pm: Cardiovascular Regulation, VEGF and Pre-stroke Fitness
(Assoc Prof Sandra Billinger, University of Kansas Medical Center, USA)

3:45pm: Physical activity in patients 3 months post stroke: A Singapore-based study
(Ms Shamala Thilarajah, Singapore General Hospital, Singapore)

4:00pm: Stroke memory rehabilitation program
(APN Esther Chua, National Neuroscience Institute, Singapore)

4:15pm: The Stroke Landscape Study
(Ms Yu Chen, Tan Tock Seng Hospital, Singapore)

4:30pm: Q&A

9:00 AM - 10:30 AM
Mini-Workshop 1: Effectiveness of Brugger Concept Treatment with Resistance Exercises

Dr. Brügger - Swiss neurologist, thus belongs to those pioneers who started to introduce in a systematic way and functional approach to the clinical management of musculoskeletal disorders. Many of the principles of Brügger´s works are now considered part of modern “standard care” in physiotherapy in different clinical areas and also in sport. In this workshop - in the theoretical part - we will summarize the milestones of the Brügger´s concept, specific sequence of examination of the patients and main treatment approaches. In the practical part the participants will learn how to evaluate habitual and corrected posture, how to establish treatment program and how to use elastic resistance exercises, which are considered as an integrative part of the comprehensive program in Brügger- concept, particularly as self exercises. Indications and contraindications of different treatment approaches will be discussed as well as examples of research.

Learning Objectives:

• Understanding Brügger-Concept (Diagnostic and therapy of functional diseases of the locomotor system) – history, main characteristics and principles.
• Objective - Targeted to counter poor body posture, pain & dysfunction. Through this workshop, participants get to understand this concept in detailed. Physiotherapist can translate the theory and apply to daily lives of their patients.
• Assessment of posture movement - Functional examination, principles and demonstrations.
• Treatment Techniques – know Brügger's postural relief position, and the various treatment with the help of an exercise band.
• Case Study – showcase / share on existing cases / examples.

Prof. Dagmar Pavlů

10:30am: Potential of Physiotherapy in the Digital Age
(Ms Melissa Tan, Changi General Hospital, Singapore)

10:45am: Achieving Best Outcomes: Blending Impairment-Oriented and Task-Oriented
(Asst Prof Wee Seng Kwee, Tan Tock Seng Hospital/Singapore Institute of Technology, Singapore)

11:00am: Instrumenting common clinical physiotherapy measures
(Dr Ross Clark, University of Sunshine Coast, Australia)

11:15am: Rehability: The Gaming Technology in Healthcare
(Mr Ivan Boo, Serious Games Association - Singapore)

11:30am: Q&A

3:30pm: Considerations for Safe Return to Sport
(Ms Megan Li Wai Ming, Singapore Sport Institute, Singapore)

3:45pm: Recovery Optimisation – A collaborative approach between Sport Psychologists and Physiotherapists
(Mr Joshua Chua. Singapore Sports Institute, Singapore)

4:00pm: Accelerating Recovery from Injury – Nutritional Considerations
(Ms Ang Sin Hwee, Singapore Sports Institute, Singapore)

4:15pm: Importance of High Performing Coach
(Mr Troy Engle, Singapore Sports Institute, Singapore)

4:30pm: Q&A

10:30am: Lung Volume Recruitment (Breath stacking)
(Mr Jayachandran Balachandran, Tan Tock Seng Hospital, Singapore)

10:45am: Management of COPD in the community - TBC
(Mr Jeremy Lim, Seng Kang Health, Singapore)

11:00am: Physiotherapy for Palliative Patients
(Ms Melissa Khoo, Assisi Hospice, Singapore)

11:15am: FES in intensive care units
(Ms Geetha Kayambu, National University Hospital, Singapore)

11:30am: Q&A

3:30pm: The use of simulation in Allied Health Education
(Ms Sarah Goh, Tan Tock Seng Hospital, Singapore)

3:45pm: Post-professional Physiotherapy training in Singapore: time for a change
(Asst Prof Ong Hwee Kuan, Singapore General Hospital, Singapore)

4:00pm: Physiotherapy education and profession in developing countries: Is there a role we can play?
(Ms Irene Toh, Singapore General Hospital, Singapore)

4:15pm: Entering into the physiotherapy research career track
(Assoc Prof Sandra Billinger, University of Kansas Medical Center, USA)

4:30pm: Q&A

10:30am: Opportunities beyond clinical settings
(Mr Dinesh Verma, Physio Asia Therapy Centre Pte Ltd, Singapore)

10:45am: Viability of a movement-based physiotherapy clinic
(Ms Shern Lim, Work Lift Balance, Singapore)

11:00am: Generating revenue from a private practice clinic
(Mr Er Beng Siong, Physiotherapy Associates Pte Ltd, Singapore)

11:15am: Private Practice - home-based physiotherapy
(Ms Zee Li Chuen, Singapore)

11:30am: Q&A

3:30pm: Acupuncture and pain
(Ms Quek Yiyan, Eu Yan Sang Intergrative Health Pte Ltd, Singapore)

3:45pm: An Overview of Music Therapy in a Rehabilitation Setting
(Ms Michelle Low, Singapore General Hospital, Singapore)

4:00pm: Craniosacral therapy
(Mr Philippe Steiner, Kinesis Physio & Rehab, Singapore)

4:15pm: Power of Positive Suggestions in Healthcare
(APN Tan Siok Bee, Singapore General Hospital, Singapore)

4:30pm: Q&A

Programme Overview

A list of speakers can be found here

Workshop Tickets

Pre and Post congress workshop tickets are now available at 20% OFF! Limited seats available for each workshop.

Enjoy additional discounts if you are a SIPC delegate, or an SPA member!

Full Day Workshops
(after 20% discount)
  • SIPC Delegate: $96
  • SPA Member: $160
  • Non-SPA Member: $224
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Half Day Workshops
(after 20% discount)
  • SIPC Delegate: $48
  • SPA Member: $80
  • Non-SPA Member: $112
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For further enquiries, please email sipc.secretariat@physiotherapy.org.sg

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