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Webinar: Hear from global specialist on treatment to reduce spasticity and pain

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Join us in a webinar on Friday, 16 February with Dr Kristian Aquilina from Great Ormond Street Hospital (GOSH), London, to learn about a treatment option for children to reduce spasticity and help manage pain and mobility.

Dr Aquilina, a CP specialist and Consultant Paediatric Neurosurgeon at GOSH, will talk about Selective Dorsal Rhizotomy (SDR) and whether it could be a option for your child. SDR is a type of surgery that can permanently reduce spasticity in the legs for children with bilateral spastic cerebral palsy. SDR can also result in improvements to walking ability and gross motor skills. It is mostly suitable for children who walk by themselves, with or without a walking frame (GMFCS 2 and 3), and is best done when the child is young – around 4-8 years old.

There will be plenty of opportunity to ask questions.

Dr Aquilina is a leader in this procedure in the UK and played a key role in establishing SDR under their National Health Scheme. While in Australia, he will also be sharing his knowledge with practitioners at The Children’s Hospital at Westmead.

Date: Friday, 16 February

Time: 12.00pm – 1.00pm EDST

Webinar: Click here to join the meeting

Meeting ID: 496 204 848 242
Passcode: MajdmN

Speakers include:

  • Dr Kristian Aquilina (Great Ormond Street Hospital)
  • Dr Simon Paget and Jenny Lewis (Kids Rehab, The Children’s Hospital at Westmead)


“We are very excited to have Dr Aquilina in Australia, sharing his knowledge on SDR with Cerebral Palsy Alliance and the teams at Children’s Hospital at Westmead – and in particular with families across Australia,” said Eliza Collier, Clinical Consultant (Physiotherapy) at Cerebral Palsy Alliance.

“Planning around SDR often takes time, so it is useful for families to start thinking about SDR and start talking to their rehab team about whether it would be a useful option for their child before starting primary school,” added Eliza.