Recognise Health and the Naked Physio recognise the importance of ongoing development and the need to maintain knowledge in line with the current evidence base.

Recognise Health Ed aims to give clinicians in New Zealand access to professional development on a national and international level. This includes inviting clinicians from around the world to provide you with current trends in all areas of musculoskeletal medicine and pain science.

Please see the links below to access all details of future upcoming courses to New Zealand.


Tutor: Dr Kevin Vowles

Venue: AUT North Shore Campus, Auckland, NZ

Date: 6th and 7th of July 2019

Registration 8.30am (Saturday only)

Start 9am

Finish 4pm

Cost: $600NZD

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Course Description:

Chronic pain can be a source of immense human suffering and disability. There is emerging evidence indicating that as pain sufferers set aside struggles for control over pain, attend to present experiences, and engage in meaningful activities, they suffer less and function better, even while pain persists. These treatment processes are respectively referred to as acceptance, mindfulness, and values-based action. The extant literature suggests these processes are highly relevant in the treatment of chronic pain, where the best researched therapy model has been Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT),

Kevin Vowles is a Clinical Psychologist and an Associate Professor at the University of New Mexico. He is also Co-Director for Centre for Spinal and Physical Health at the University. Kevin has published seminal research on ACT and contributed to papers and books with the likes of Johannes Vlaeyen, Chris Main and Francis J. Keefe.

This workshop will provide a brief overview of the theoretical model underlying ACT and will include significant opportunities for clinical practice. The majority of the seminar will be spent in experiential, skill building, and case conceptualization exercises with training modalities including include a mix of didactic instruction, modeling, and practice/role play. Opportunities for consultation, instruction, and feedback will also be provided. At the conclusion of the class, participants will be able to more adequately identify targets for treatment in those suffering from chronic pain & directly apply interventions to augment acceptance, mindfulness, and values.

On the day:

Please arrive for registration at 8.30am ready to start at 9am

Tea and coffee will be available on arrival

Lunch is included




A ‘Practical’ approach to pain management

Tutor: Paul Lagerman – The Naked Physio

Venue: Auckland, NZ


Cost: $500

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Course Description:

The clinical landscape regarding the management of persistent pain has changed. We know that persistent pain is a real problem, many people can’t access help for it and for those that can there are many challenges faced by clinicians and people living with pain.
A significant shift in the way clinicians interact and engage with their patients has evolved since the release of Pain Neuroscience Education texts and courses. For clinicians working in pain management engaging in dialogue in a collaborative manner with the distressed, anxious person living with pain can provide memorable and invigorating gains for both parties.

Course Content

A ‘practical’ approach to pain management focuses on a major component that is significantly lacking in the delivery of pain management – pain behavior. This course explores traditional aspects of biomedical treatment, pain behaviour, biobehavioural physiology, practical application of graded activity and graded exposure with a values based approach, reasoning and critical thinking skills using a variety of role play examples for CRPS, LBP, Shoulder Pain.

In order to engage with people living with pain we must understand why people behave the way they do.

About Paul

Paul is a physiotherapist with over 20 years of experience in injury management, exercise physiology, a biopsychosocial approach to pain management and regularly reflects and shares his knowledge and experiences via his blog the naked physio.

On the day:

Please arrive for registration at 8.30am ready to start at 9am

Tea and coffee will be available on arrival

Lunch is included



Special thanks to previous course tutors for choosing recognise health ed as their preferred provider for bringing clinical development to New Zealand

Pelvic Health for the Non-Pelvic Practitioner – Sarah Haag

Reconciling Biomechanics with Pain Science – Greg Lehman

New Trends in the prevention of running injuries – JF Esculier

Explain Pain – David Butler