2019 Melbourne Conference – Presenters

Adam P

Adam graduated from the University of Melbourne with a Doctor of Physiotherapy. He also holds a Bachelor of Arts: Psychology from the City University of New York. Adam has experience with a wide range of injury and mobility issues related to the workplace, sports, aging, accidents, and chronic conditions. He offers a variety of treatment approaches including manual therapy, clinical pilates, dry needling, and exercise-based rehabilitation.

Diego Torres-Russotto

Dr. Torres is the Director of the Movement Disorders Program and Associate Professor in the Department of Neurological Sciences at the University of Nebraska Medical Center (UNMC). After receiving his M.D. from the Universidad Central de Venezuela in Caracas, Venezuela in 1999 Dr. Torres spent time at the Mayo Graduate School of Medicine in Rochester and Washington University in St. Louis before joining the UNMC faculty in January 2009. He is a member of the American Medical Association, the American Academy of Neurology, the Movement Disorder  Society, and the Mayo Alumni Association. His research interests include Parkinson Disease, Tremor, Orthostatic Tremor and Dystonia.

Julian Rodrigues

Dr. Julian Rodrigues (MBBS UWA, 1995; FRACP 2004) completed extensive training in the subspecialty field of Movement Disorders in WA, including botulinum toxin therapy, electrophysiology and deep brain stimulation(DBS). Further experience with DBS was obtained at large volume centres in Sydney, Brisbane and Kiel (Germany).
Practising primarily at Hollywood Medical Centre & Hollywood 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 member of the Australian and New Zealand Association of Neurologists (ANZAN), past Secretary of the Movement Disorder Society of Australia, and a member of various advisory boards in the field of Movement Disorders.

Noela Rhodes

Noela knew from an early age that she wanted to become a teacher and an artist in her future.  Counselling was an extra that presented later in life.
Teaching came first and lasted for about 30 years. Towards the end of that time Noela completed studies in Art Therapy, Graphic Communication in Education and Bereavement Counselling. These were all invaluable in her roles as Art Teacher and Welfare teacher within the school where she was employed.
Noela felt she could contribute her skills to the wider community and gained employment with Relationships Australia Victoria at Traralgon as a Group Facilitator and Drought Counsellor. Hence a career change that has enabled her to build on her counselling skills over the time she has been with RAV-T. Thirteen years later Noela is still working there. Couples work and EFT (Emotion Focussed Therapy) skills, along with Tree of Life and Deathwalker training, have been important areas of learning for her
Noela believes that Art Therapy is a safe way for people to connect with their feelings and emotions
By using a variety of art materials to create visual images and express themselves, people learn to understand their own language of emotions. This can help us all to work towards a deeper communication with ourselves and others
The artist part is a work in progress.

Nicola Rathman

I have been unwell for most of my adult life not knowing why until the tremor came on in 2007. I was diagnosed firstly with anxiety then an EMG diagnosed me officially with OT in 2008.  In 2009 I started the Facebook Primary Orthostatic Tremor Group because I was alone with a rare neurological disorder nobody had heard of.  I was hoping to connect with others and I did. Once I found this helpful to me I knew it would do the same for others.

Peter Thomas

A member of the Australian Teachers of Meditation Association (ATMA), an organization that fosters high levels of professionalism, ethics and quality in the teaching of meditation and mindfulness, Peter has been the facilitator of a weekly meditation group for 16 years and a meditator for 40 years. Much of Peter’s knowledge is drawn from experience with the Dalai Lama and centres associated with the Dalai Lama’s meditative tradition at his home in Dhārmasalain Northern India.  Until his retirement he was a serious television documentary-maker with many of his productions dealing with meditation and associated themes.  Peter recommends techniques from both the East and the West that support people to find an appropriate path to calm the mind and assist with healing the body.

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