Whiplash 2019: Expanding Horizons

The Whiplash 2019: Expanding Horizons symposium focussed on where we have come from and where were going with the management of Whiplash Associated Disorders. Findings from the first four years of operation of the NHMRC Centre of Research Excellence in Recovery Following Road Traffic Injuries. Focused themes included: system related factors, progress in clinical management and biopsychosocial underpinnings. 

Expanding Horizons

Thu 3 Oct 2019 8:30am5:30pm


The University of Queensland,
Building 33, Union Road,
St Lucia, QLD 4067

Program Overview

8:30 - 9:00 - Registrations open

9:00 - 17:30 Plenary session

17:30 - 18:30 Drinks and nibbles

The full program can be accessed here.

Speakers and Presentation Slides

Associate Professor James McAuley, "Patient education: where are heading?"

Associate Professor Tonny Elmose Andersen, "Prevention of chronic Whiplash Associated Disorders- a randomised controlle trial: results and conclusions from a new psychological approach"

Dr Ha Nguyen, "Claims in NSW CTP insurance scheme: propensity to claim and factors associated with higher propensity to claim" 

Clare Scollay, "Lawyer use in road traffic injury compensation claims"

Professor Alex Collie, "Work absence and return to work pathways among those with transport-related injury"

Dr Sophie Ravn, "Post-traumatic stress in whiplash- associated disorders: why diagnostics are difficult in comorbid cases"

Dr Rachel Elphinston, "How does an integrated physiotherapist-delivered stress management intervention exert its effects? Identifying unique targets for acute whiplash treatment"

Dr Trudy Rebbeck, "Clinical Pathways of Care – making them work in the real world"

Professor Michele Sterling, "Very early treatment of WAD in the Emergency Department – lessons learnt from a preliminary RCT"

Aimie Peek, "Brain neurochemicals in headache and pain conditions- understanding and discovering a new mechanism"

Viviana Silva, "Reassurance for people with WAD and neck pain – what do they want?"

Dr Scott Farrell, "Spinal cord pathology is not a feature of chronic Whiplash Associated Disorder: a magnetic resonance spectroscopy study"

Dr Carrie Ritchie, "Evaluation of a novel intervention to improve physical activity for adults with Whiplash Associated Disorders: a multiple-baseline, single case experimental study"

Professor Michele Sterling, "Core Outcome Measures for WAD initiative – update on progress"

Forum Registration

All registration tickets include:

  • Access to plenary sessions
  • Morning tea, lunch, afternoon tea
  • Post symposium drinks and nibbles.

Keynote Speakers

Associate Professor James McAuley, Neuroscience Research Australia, University of NSW

James McAuley is a psychologist, an Associate Professor in the School of Medical Sciences at UNSW and a Senior Research Scientist at NeuRA. James completed his PhD in 2002 at Brunel University, London investigating psychological influences on chronic low back pain. He set up the Pain Research Education and Management (PREM) program at NeuRA. His research combines experimental, clinical and translational methods to develop and test new interventions to manage low back pain.

Associate Professor Tonny Elmose Andersen, University of Southern Denmark

Associate Professor Tonny Elmose Anderson's main research interests are within the fields of health psychology and clinical psychology. He is interested in how psychological trauma affects pain perception, the development of chronic pain and recovery thereof. The majority of his research falls into three main areas: Psychological risk and vulnerability factors for the development of chronic pain (whiplash associated disorders); post traumatic stress and pain; and intervention studies related to chronic pain and comorbid conditions such as PTSD and depression.

Dr Sophie Lykkegaard Ravn, University of Southern Denmark

Sophie Lykkegaard Ravn holds a combined assistant professorship position at University of Southern Denmark and the Specialized Hospital for Polio and Accident Victims. She has a background as a psychologist and has a PhD on posttraumatic stress symptomatology in whiplash-associated disorders. Her research interest has mainly been focused on chronic posttraumatic pain states and the negative role of psychological factors such as posttraumatic stress.