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Learning Objectives

  1. Develop a sound understanding of how to perform a thorough subjective and objective assessment, including history taking and key findings to look for
  2. Develop awareness of the risk factors for patella instability and recurrent dislocations/subluxations
  3. Understand when surgical management is necessary
  4. Learn the different types of surgical techniques for patella instability and the implications of each procedure on post-op rehabilitation
  5. Understand the differences between patellofemoral pain and patellofemoral instability

Julian Feller


Julian Feller is an internationally recognised Melbourne orthopaedic surgeon whose main area of interest is knee surgery. His expertise covers the whole range of knee conditions from sports injuries to knee replacement. His particular interests are anterior cruciate ligament injuries and patellar instability, as well as knee replacement and osteotomies.

Julian has a long involvement in clinical research and is currently an Adjunct Professor in the Faculty of Health Sciences at La Trobe University. He has published extensively and written many book chapters. He is a regular speaker at international meetings and has served on the editorial board or been a reviewer for the all the major sports orthopaedics journals. Julian has recently been appointed Associate Editor of the Orthopaedic journal of Sports Medicine.

Julian is active in a number of orthopaedic organisations. He is a past President of the international Anterior Cruciate Ligament Study Group and of the Australian Knee Society, and a past Chairman of the Knee Committee, as well as past Program Chairman of the International Society of Arthroscopy, Knee Surgery & Orthopaedic Sports Medicine (ISAKOS). He is currently on the Board of Directors of ISAKOS.

Randall Cooper

B.Physio | M. Physio | FACP

Randall Cooper is the founder and CEO of Premax. He is an internationally recognised APA titled Specialist Sports Physiotherapist, Fellow of the Australian College of Physiotherapists, Adjunct Senior Lecturer at La Trobe University Sport and Exercise Medicine Research Centre, and co-Author of the world’s best selling sports medicine textbook ‘Clinical Sports Medicine.’ Having spent over 20 years working with some of the world’s most notable sporting organisations, including the Australian Winter Olympic Team, Hawthorn Football Club and the Olympic Park Sports Medicine Centre, Randall has played a pivotal role in the injury management and success of numerous Olympic champions and professional athletes.

While you won't find Randall in the clinic as much these days his perpetual passion for keeping people active and achieving their physical goals still lies at the heart of everything he does. Premax is a bit like Randall - a vehicle to help people live healthy, active lives, and the same is true for his other venture, Learn.Physio – an online education platform for health professionals designed to facilitate knowledge sharing from the world's leading experts.

Clinical Assessment

Learn all the key questions and tests to include in both your subjective and physical examinations to best guide management

Decision Making

Develop the skills and confidence to know when it is necessary to undergo surgical management and refer on to an orthopaedic surgeon

Surgical Techniques

Understand the different surgical procedures to treat patellofemoral instability and the implications for post-op rehab

Example Curriculum

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  Part 1 - Assessment Demonstration
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  Part 2 - Assessment Considerations
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  Part 3 - Management of Patellofemoral Instability
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  Part 4 - Rehabilitation & Patellofemoral Pain
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