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Type: On-demand
Recorded: 25 Mar 2024


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Low Back Pain Model of Care

On-demand recorded 25 Mar 2024

This webinar is part 1 in the series - Register for the upcoming webinar NSW Personal injury scheme webinar here on Monday, 13 May 2024

The State Insurance Regulatory Authority (SIRA) has developed the Model of care for the management of low back pain – Summary (the Summary Model), in partnership with the NSW Agency for Clinical Innovation and with input and advice from SIRA’s Back Pain Clinical Advisory Group. The new model of care will benefit the 18,000+ people with lower back pain entering the NSW personal injury schemes (workers compensation and Compulsory Third Party schemes) each year.
The Summary Model is a guide for primary care practitioners treating people with low back pain and will support people to receive value-based health care through early assessment, management, review and appropriate referral of people with back injury in the NSW personal injury schemes.
The Summary Model promotes consistency in care of all people experiencing back pain and avoidance of low value care, whether their back pain is compensable or not.
Register now to build your knowledge about best practice for managing low back pain.

Learning outcomes

  1. Discuss the role and responsibilities of SIRA and the goals of value-based health care
  2. Explain the Model of care for the management of low back pain – Summary and the 10 principles in treating patients with low back pain
  3. Utilise screening tools to assess patients
  4. Provide relevant referral or treatment to patients with low back pain
  5. Explain common misconceptions about low back pain among patients and provide psycho-education to patients


Dr Steve Peterson

Dr Steven Peterson combines a mix of emergency telehealth, addiction medicine and education as well as corporate and local government responsibilities on the background of high cervical quadriplegia. Dr Steve graduated medical school from ANU in 2010 and received his FRACGP in 2015. He was practising in Orange as a GP at the local Aboriginal Medical Service and as a VMO at the emergency department. In March 2018 whilst riding his bicycle to emergency department he was hit by a car sustaining a complete C4 quadriplegia amongst many other injuries. 269 days later he left hospital having returned to work prior to discharge. Currently Dr Steve conducts regular rural emergency telehealth work through the VRGS and RaRMS. He also continues his long-standing work at the drug and alcohol detox and rehab. He conducts some education work through the RACGP and University of Sydney. He is a non-executive director on the board of Live better, a rural focused disability service organisation. He is also an Orange city councillor. Steve is married to a local GP and has two boys and lives on a cattle farm.

Professor Ian Harris
Orthopaedic Surgeon

Ian Harris is Professor Orthopaedic Surgeon at UNSW and a Clinical Academic at Liverpool Hospital. His research is focussed on the effectiveness of surgery, and over treatment in medicine. He has published two popular books critical of modern medicine and the lack of science in medicine.

Professor Michael Nicholas
Academic – Clinical psychologist Pain Medicine

Professor Nicholas is a clinical psychologist and has been working in the pain field since 1980. He has held a conjoint position at the University of Sydney (Sydney Medical School-Northern Clinical School & Kolling Institute, Pain Management Research Institute, PMRI) and the Pain Management Research Centre (PMRC) at Royal North Shore Hospital since 1994. His current roles at the PMRC include directing multidisciplinary pain management programs, membership of the Centre’s Executive Committee, Triage Committee, Research Leaders’ Committee, and participating in multidisciplinary assessments and treatments of patients with chronic pain conditions. Externally, he has been a member of the Pain Management Network Executive (NSW Agency of Clinical Innovation, ACI) since its inception in 2013, including 6 years as Co-Chair. In this role he has contributed to the implementation of NSW Health’s Pain Management Plan and the development of broader community-level services and support for people living with pain in NSW.


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