Physiotherapy Management of Shoulder and Scapulothoracic Dysfunction

In the Breast Cancer Population

This course will provide physiotherapists with an update on the current assessment and management of the most common causes of shoulder pain and dysfunction in the breast cancer population. It is ideal for both physiotherapists who want to update their basic skills and also for physiotherapists who work in cancer management and lymphoedema.

At the end of the course the participant will be able to:

  • Identify the characteristics that make shoulder pain and dysfunction more likely.
  • Differentially diagnose the most common shoulder and scapulothoracic dysfunction in the breast cancer population.
  • Carry out a subjective and objective assessment of the shoulder and scapulothoracic region based on current evidence.
  • Utilize a variety of musculoskeletal techniques and exercises to treat these dysfunctions.


Michelle Pardy

Michelle is a Physiotherapist and has over 20 years experience. She has extensive experience in the areas of Neurology, Women’s Health and more recently Muskuloskeletal Physiotherapy and Complex and Chronic Pain disorders.   She is also a yoga instructor and combines her yoga and physiotherapy skills to deliver a rehabilitation programme for women who are currently undergoing treatment for breast cancer or have had treatment in the past. (read more…)

Maree O’Connor

Maree is a physiotherapist and has over 24 years experience in the area of lymphoedema management and also physiotherapy following breast cancer. She has been delivering lymphoedema courses, workshops, seminars and speaking at both national and international conferences since 1994 and has a graduate certificate in health professional education. Maree enjoys teaching and is passionate about making it an authentic learning experience. Maree is the Director of the Victorian Lymphoedema Practice where she is part of a team of practitioners who strive for excellence in quality care. (read more …)

Course structure

Distance Learning Component

The distance learning component will prepare you for the face to face study day. Depending on your current knowledge you may not need to complete all sections. It’s an opportunity to refresh and update.

The distance learning component is via the Lymphoedema Education Solutions Learning Management System. It will include:

  • Review of the anatomy and physiology of the shoulder and scapulothoracic region
  • Explore the latest evidence on shoulder pain and dysfunction and management in the breast cancer population including axillary web syndrome.
  • Axillary Web Syndrome Module from Klose Training.

Face to Face Component

The face to face component consists of 1 face to face study day. Dissemination of information and skills is via interactive lectures, activities, practical workshops and group discussion. It is an excellent opportunity for participants to share their knowledge, skills, ideas and have a forum to troubleshoot a variety of aspects of shoulder dysfunction


This course is open to registered Physiotherapists.

Registration fee

The registration fee includes:

  • Distance learning modules via the Lymphoedema Education Solutions Learning Management System.
  • Axillary Web Syndrome module from Klose Training valued at $90.00 US
  • Course material on the face to face study day
  • Morning/ afternoon tea and lunch on the face to face study day

Distance Learning Component

Participants are encouraged to commence this component as soon as they receive their course information. They will receive it via email approximately 4 weeks prior to the face to face study day. The axillary web syndrome quiz for the Klose training module should be successfully completed prior to the study day.

Expression of interest

If you are interested in a workshop in your state, its essential you register your interest. Let you colleagues know about the possibility of these workshops. There are minimum numbers that need to be reached before a workshop will proceed. Fill in the form below to register your interest.