MDSANZ Movement Disorders Therapeutics Practical Workshop 2018

15-16 September 2018, AMREP Education Centre, Alfred Hospital, Melbourne


Speakers are listed in alphabetical order of last name

 Dr Kelly Bertram

Kelly is head of the movement disorders section at the Alfred hospital in Melbourne, where the team has trained fellows in movement disorders for more than ten years. This includes a comprehensive parkinson's disease and movement disorders service, clinical trials, and investigator initiated research.  

During her training she underwent observerships at Rush university hospital in Chicago, Queens square London, and La Sapienza in Rome. She has published more than 15 peer reviewed papers, and has ongoing research interests in atypical parkinsonism and dystonia. 

She also has a busy private practice focussed on movement disorders in both Melbourne and Ballarat. 

 Dr Richard Blaze BSc(Hons) MBBS FRACP

Richard has both a science and medical degree, and completed his Movement Disorders fellowship at the Royal Melbourne Hospital with Dr Andrew Evans. He has been involved in research in Parkinson's disease for a number of years, including measurement of motor symptoms using the PKG. 

Richard has recently returned from a year of deep brain stimulation training in Paris at Pitié-Salpêtrière Hospital, and has joined the Alfred Movement Disorders team. In his spare time he is busy with his family and getting the band back together…

 Dr David Bourke MB ChB FRACP

David trained in New Zealand and at the National Hospital for Neurology and Neurosurgery in London before returning to work at Wellington hospital in movement disorders and general neurology. He is the NZ representative on the MDSANZ committee and has presented at national and international conferences.

Dr Will Lee

Dr Will Lee is a specialist neurologist with an interest in movement disorders and Parkinson's disease. He is a visiting neurologist at Eastern and Alfred Health and currently leads the movement disorders and botulinum toxin clinics at Box Hill Hospital and Wantirna Health. 

He maintains an active research interest, particularly in the area of non-motor symptoms and methods of symptom measurement in Parkinson's disease. 

Dr Neil Mahant MBBS PhD FRACP

Dr Mahant is a neurologist and neurophysiologist with a phD in the physiology of movement disorders, particularly the use of deep brain stimulation (DBS) in treatment. He completed fellowships in Movement Disorders at Westmead Hospital and the University of Toronto (Canada). 

He has over 30 publications in the field of movement disorders and is an active researcher and respected teacher at Sydney medical school.

Associate Professor John O'Sullivan

John O'Sullivan is Associate Professor and Principal Research Fellow of Medicine at the University of Queensland Centre for Clinical Research, Senior Research Fellow at Wesley Medical Research, Senior Visiting Neurologist at the Royal Brisbane & Women's Hospital, and in private neurology practice in Brisbane.  

He conducts Movement Disorders, Botulinum Toxin, Huntington's Disease & Friedreich's Ataxia Clinics at the Royal Brisbane & Women's Hospital.  He completed Movement Disorder Fellowships in Melbourne and London and was awarded a Doctorate in Medicine from Melbourne University in 2000 for studies into surgery for Parkinson's disease.  

He maintains a strong clinical and research interest in movement disorders and is currently President of the Movement Disorders Society of Australia and New Zealand. 

Dr Julian Rodrigues

Dr Julian Rodrigues (MBBS UWA, 1995; FRACP 2004) trained in the subspecialty field of Movement Disorders in WA, including botulinum toxin therapy, electrophysiology and deep brain stimulation (DBS). Additional experience in DBS was obtained at large volume centres in Sydney, Brisbane and Kiel (Germany).

Practising primarily at Hollywood Medical Centre & Private Hospital, Nedlands, Western Australia, he holds positions as a neurologist at the Fiona Stanley Hospital Department of Neurology and Joondalup Health Campus. 

As part of his clinical and research work he has published many articles in scientific journals, presented at various national and international meetings, and written a Parkinson's disease manual for Australian GPs. He undertakes regular teaching of medical students, allied health staff, nurses and junior doctors.

Dr Rodrigues remains actively involved in promoting awareness of neurological diseases and clinical research via media interviews, presentations to community groups including schools, patient support groups and science promotion events. He is a past council member of the Australian and New Zealand Association of Neurologists, past Secretary of the Movement Disorder Society of Australia, and a member of various advisory boards in the field of Movement Disorders.

Ms Sue Varley RN

Sue has worked in the field of Movement Disorders for more than ten years at the Alfred Hospital. She is involved with clinical research activities in Parkinson's disease and Progressive Supranuclear Palsy. 

She is involved in both inpatient and outpatient management of Parkinson's disease and ongoing support to patients and their families. Sue is expert in the administration and management of patients with advanced treatments for Parkinson's disease, including Duodopa  and apomorphine infusion therapies, and provides education to nursing staff across the hospital service. 

A/Professor David R Williams MBBS PhD FRACP

David is internationally recognised for his PhD  in Progressive Supranuclear Palsy with Prof Andrew Lees which he completed at the National Hospital for Neurology and Neurosurgery in London following his Australian neurology training. He trained in deep brain stimulation surgery for movement disorders in London under Prof Patricia Limousin. 

On his return to Melbourne he established a Movement disorders program at the Alfred hospital and a busy private practice supporting more than 20 neurologists across Melbourne. He has written more than 85 peer reviewed journal articles, numerous book chapters, and has received many awards and research grants for his research work. 

He is honorary Medical Adviser for PSP-Australia and has made a short film about James Parkinson. Outside work he is a keen cyclist and spends school holidays camping with his family.