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The Singapore Physiotherapy Association is pleased to bring to you the first Education Symposium for 2015, Research and Us: Physiotherapy in Persons with Musculoskeletal Conditions organised by the Education Committee.

We are privileged to hear from 2 Speakers, Mr John Tan and Dr Poonam Pal who will be sharing their experiences on the topic.

Limited seats are available, and are on a first-come-first served basis, so book your seat for the Symposium early.


Date    :     Saturday, 14 March 2015
Time    :     2.00 pm to 5:00 pm
Venue  :     Academia (SGH), Room AC-7-10 (Level 7), 20 College Road, Singapore 169856​

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Registration Details

  • Course Fee: $15 per person for SPA Members, $30 per person for Non-Members, $8 for SPA Student Members
  • Closing Date for Registration: 9 March 2015
  • SPA Members may use SPA Gift Voucher for this talk
  • To register for the event, send an email to education@physiotherapy.org.sg with the following details
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  • Payment must be made to secure your seat. Please wait for our acknowledgement on your registration before making payment to us


Payment Methods

By cheque made payable to “Singapore Physiotherapy Association” and mail it to Tanglin P.O. Box 442 Singapore 912415;

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Cancellation Policy and Disclaimer Clause

SPA must be informed of any cancellation or replacement in writing via email. A full refund will be made if such notice is received by SPA 2 weeks before the Education talk date. There will be no refund of registration fee for cancellation after 28 February 2015.

SPA reserves the right to cancel or postpone the talk, subjected to take up rate of participations for the seminar. SPA and Instructors will not be held liable for any injuries, disabilities, death or loss of properties during the course of session.

Photography and Video/Audio Recordings

Photographs and/or video and audio recordings may be made during the session. By attending the Event, you consent to:

  1. being interviewed and/or photographed;
  2. audio recordings and/or video recordings being made of you;
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For enquiry: Tel: 9278 1211 or Email: education@physiotherapy.org.sg



Mr John Tan

Mr John Tan is a senior physiotherapist at the Singapore General Hospital (SGH). He graduated from the University of Melbourne in 2007, and is currently working in the musculoskeletal outpatient clinic in SGH. He also sees patients in the Accident and Emergency department on a weekly basis. He is currently involved in a project to improve the outcomes for patients post total knee replacement surgery.

Lessons Learnt From Physiotherapy Research

During the session, John will share his understanding of evidence-based practice in physiotherapy and also his limited experience in his involvement in three musculoskeletal research projects. He continues to learn from his mistakes.


Dr Poonam Pal

Dr Poonam Pal graduated from Rajiv Gandhi University of Health Sciences, India in 2002 with a first class honours degree in Physiotherapy. She worked as a physiotherapist in Bangalore before pursuing her Masters from University of Otago, New Zealand in 2003.

Upon completion of her master’s degree (with distinction), She worked as an Assistant Research Fellow at School of Physiotherapy, University of Otago and simultaneously enrolled for her doctorate study. Her PhD research focused on analyzing cumulative loads on the spine of New Zealand Sheep Shearers, wool handlers and wool pressers.

Poonam migrated to Singapore in 2007 and has worked in a variety of clinical and teaching settings – KK Hospital, Republic Polytechnic, Society for the Physically Disabled and now at Changi General Hospital. She works in the outpatient musculoskeletal division at Changi General Hospital and has a strong interest in clinical teaching and research.

Research in Physiotherapy: Puzzles To Picture

The aim of this talk is to facilitate clinicians in conducting clinical (musculoskeletal) research and be more effective in interpreting a research study. The presenter will share her own research journey and summarise some key research findings during her masters and PhD. The research will also share some clinical researches completed and currently underway at her current workplace (Changi General Hospital).

The talk will cover how to effectively read an article and take away key messages of a research study while appreciating the limitations. The key takeaway from this talk is to encourage clinicians to understand the process (methodology and interpretation) of reaching to a study conclusion, appreciate the complexities (working within limitations) of conducting clinical research yet be optimistic on conducting a research study.