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2015 National Staff Symposium and Staff Awards

Published: 05 October 2015 - Business Updates

What happened at Back In Motion’s National Symposium?

A major benefit of being a part of a private practice physio group of Back In Motion’s size is the opportunity for professional development.

National Symposium 2015

Aside from in-practice mentoring and professional development funds for each staff member, all staff are invited to attend the National Staff Symposium!

The event is an opportunity for both our clinical staff and non-clinical staff to gather in a central place for professional development in the area of their role in practice and, most loved, the networking opportunity with staff from locations across the country.

National Symposium 2015 Welcome

The 2015 event opened with a welcome from well-known face, Craig Pritchard (Practice Support and Performance).

SOS Health Foundation

Long-time employee of Back In Motion Wantirna South and newly appointed Principal Physiotherapist, Ben Croxford, shared his experience and memories of volunteering with our charity of choice, the SOS Health Foundation. Ben was one of the first physios to attend the Foundation’s first visit to Palm Island (Qld).

Peter Bain and Alicia Foreman launched a new initiative for Back In Motion, supporting the SOS Health Foundation – our Workplace Giving Program. It was noted that in being a part of a Workplace Giving Program supporting, SOS Health, our staff are able to impact the lives of more Australians, over and above those that our physios and support staff see every day in practice, read more here.

The National Symposium is tailored to provide content to both of clinical staff and support staff. For the first morning session, the group was divided and the clinical staff heard from Musculoskeletal Specialist Physiotherapist, Alastair Flett. He spoke on the topic “The Complexities of Pain: Implications for Assessment and Treatment”.

Alastair’s presentation was well received by our clinical staff who found it to be an in depth theoretical session. Michael Ryan, Principal Physio at Back In Motion Cooroy said Alastair provided a highly practical and useful session for physios of all experience levels.  

Guest Speakers Alastair Flett and Craig Allingham

While the clinical staff heard from Craig, practice support staff were Craig educated and entertained our practice support staff with an interactive presentation topic of “What do Clients Value”.

National Symposium 2015 Craig Allingham

Both the clinical and practice support stream joined in the foyer for an enjoyable lunch with the opportunity to mingle with colleagues from other practices as well as our guest speakers. And following lunch, the clinical staff and practice support staff split into groups once again to hear from the second group of presenters.

National Symposium 2015

After a delicious lunch, Craig Allingham showed his versatility as he donned his “clinical hat” and presented to our clinical staff with his topic of “Advanced Shoulder”. His ability to interact with the crowd and use real time demonstrations on stage allowed for an entertaining presentation!

Meanwhile the Back In Motion Support Office Marketing team presented a session on “Leading Local Area Marketing in your Practice”, empowering and educating Support Office staff on initiating local area marketing in their practice and demonstrating the tools at their disposal. This included practice local area marketing success stories and practical content to share with their colleagues.

All staff then convened in the Victoria Ballroom for the last plenary sessions. Beth Pocklington from the Support Office took the stage outlining the results of the recent staff survey, The Voice. She also outlined the new Remuneration program for Clinical staff.

Annual Awards Presentation

The ELLIS Group Awards kicked off (pun intended as Fiona McKenzie kicked her shoe off as she stepped to the stage!) with a short video introduced by Fiona McKenzie, it showed The ELLIS Club member's experience shot the day before. Each member was then presented an award and recognised in front of the peers as they took the stage.

We congratulate the following staff on winning the Annual, Back In Motion Group Awards.  These winners are now part of the ELLIS Club for the next 12 months. Each Award has a winner from the two practice groups.

The Character Award

Awarded to any member of the Health Group who consistently demonstrates the core character values including Excellence, Leadership, Loyalty, Integrity and Significance.

Jeremy Hobbs – Back In Motion Mount Barker (SA) and Alvin Lim - Back In Motion Blackburn (VIC)

The Frontline Excellence Award

Awarded to the leading Practice Manager or Receptionist in each group for excellence in: client services, practice administration and organisation, ongoing professional development and peer leadership
Yvette Hawke – Back In Motion Mount Barker (SA) and Brooke James – Back In Motion Montmorency (VIC)

The Culture Award

Awarded to any member of the Health Group who consistently is a strong advocate for our positive and group culture: friendly and personable, dynamic with high energy, warm and inviting, fun and social, sincere and sensitive and promotes team work and creates unity

Ian Tran – Back In Motion Braybrook (VIC) and Rohan Singleton - Back In Motion Northcote (Vic)

The Hector Prize

In Greek mythology, Hector is a Troy prince and one of the greatest fighters in the Trojan War. Physicians like Hippocrates and Hector are believed to have been the first practitioners of a primitive physical therapy, advocating massage and hydrotherapy to treat people in 460 B.C.

Awarded to the leading physiotherapist in the Group for excellence in: Clinical Service Delivery, Client Fulfilment, Caseload Management, Ongoing Professional Development, Peer Leadership

Jessica Chang – Back In Motion Mount Gravatt (QLD) and Sonali Abeywickrema - Back In Motion Blackburn (VIC)

The Significance Award

This is the formal recognition of a person who has shown consistent commitment to the purposes and vision of the SOS Foundation through example and advocacy.

Jodie Downes – Blackwood (SA)

The Practice of the Year Award

Awarded to a practice across our group for excellence in: Financial Growth, Operational Alignment, Brand Representation

Back In Motion Mount Barker (SA) and Back In Motion Montmorency (VIC)

A Special Celebration

National Symposium 2015 Jason's Birthday

To close, Founder and Group Director Jason Smith took the stage, first celebrating his 40th Birthday (SURPRISE) and then to give a Symposium closing on the subject of Metamorphosis where his key message was Change is inevitable, Progress is optional.

Thank you

A special thank you to your generous sponsors:

GoodnessMe Box

The Wild Co

First State Super

Cobbs Popcorn