Sydney Faculty of Health Sciences researchers lead global forum to treat low back pain

12 November 2014

A team of academics from the Sydney Faculty of Health Sciences recently returned from Brazil and the 13th International Forum on Low Back Pain Research in Primary Care. The 2014 conference was the first time this important event has been organised and led by academics from the Faculty of Health Sciences.

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The forum is the most prestigious conference in the low back pain field and was held over four days from Sept. 30  until Oct. 3 in Campos do Jordão.
Researchers from the University of Sydney, including Dr Paulo Ferreira and Marina Pinheiro from the Faculty of Health Sciences and Dr Manuela L Ferreira and Gustavo de Carvalho Machado from the George Institute for Global Health, took a leading role organising the conference and made up half of the local organising committee.
The Dean of the Faculty of Health Sciences, Professor Kathryn Refshauge, chaired a question time session at the forum and was joined by Postgraduate Fellows Amabile Dario, Marina Pinheiro and Matt Fernandez and Dr Manuela L Ferreira who all delivered presentations at the conference.
The forum brings together leading researchers in the field of low back pain epidemiological research to discuss treatment and prevention of low back pain.
The conference will explore the burden of low back pain in a global context, revisit the issue of causation and challenge prognosis and contemporary management of low back pain.
The international forum is critically important given low back pain afflicts millions around the world and causes more global disability than any other condition.

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