Public Education Program


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Neurostimulation: An established drug-free therapy for chronic conditions that can improve quality of life 

A discussion by national and international experts and patients that is open to the media, general public, patients, families and friends of people living with conditions like chronic pain, bladder dysfunction or movement disorder, presented to raise awareness of potentially life-altering neuromodulation therapies.

Sunday, 26 May, 2019 12:00 – 16:30
ICC-Sydney Room C2.3
14 Darling Dr, Sydney NSW 2000, Australia

Emcee: Dr Sally Cockburn – Australia's own health advocate who hosts Talking Health as Dr Feelgood on Melbourne's radio 3AW

This free-of-charge public event precedes the International Neuromodulation Society (INS) 14th World Congress, whose scientific program takes place in Sydney 27 May through 30 May, 2019.

The INS organized this event with the Neuromodulation Society of Australia and New Zealand to highlight burdensome health problems that may be managed with established and effective medication-free therapies like spinal cord stimulation, urologic neurostimulation or deep brain stimulation. The presenters will share their knowledge and answer questions. 

Welcome & introduction
12:00 - 12:25
  • 12:00 Welcome and introduction
    Dr Nick Christelis, Neuromodulation Society of Australia and New Zealand
  • 12:05 Neuromodulation is proven, cost-effective and reversible: The therapy’s history and development, and the use of spinal cord stimulation in medical practice  
    Dr Nick Christelis

Neuromodulation for chronic pain
12:25 - 13:55
  • Patient testimony on efficacy and quality of life changes after spinal cord stimulation for chronic pain
  • Neuromodulation & the International Neuromodulation Society
    Dr Robert Levy, President, International Neuromodulation Society
  • Current trends in neuromodulation for pain 
    Dr Marc Russo, Scientific Program Chair, International Neuromodulation Society 14th World Congress
  • Opioid crisis and neuromodulation
    Prof Lawrence Poree, North American Neuromodulation Society
  • Discussion and questions

14:00 - 14:15 Break

14:15 - 15:30 Neuromodulation for bladder dysfunction – Dr Samantha Pillay
  • Patient testimony on efficacy and quality of life changes after sacral neuromodulation for overactive bladder
  • Therapy indications, effectiveness and cost efficacy
  • Discussion and questions

15:30 - 16:20 Deep brain stimulation for movement disorders – Prof Terry Coyne

  • Patient testimony on efficacy and quality of life changes after deep brain stimulation for Parkinson's disease
  • Deep brain stimulation for movement disorder: Indication, effectiveness and cost efficacy
  • Discussion and questions

16:20 Concluding remarks & what the future holds  – comments from panel, moderated by Dr Cockburn

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Links to Expert Presenters' BIOS

Dr Nick Christelis

Dr Sally Cockburn

Dr Robert Levy

Dr Marc Russo

Dr Lawrence Poree

Dr Samantha Pillay

Dr Terry Coyne

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