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2018 ICAK Australasia 

Annual Conference & AGM

16-18 March 2018

Rydges on Swanston, 701 Swanston St, Carlton**

We are excited to present two dynamic speakers covering two different topics for our 2018 Annual Conference.  
Conference attendees may choose to attend one or both speakers' sessions, and we have offered pricing options accordingly.


Chris Astill-Smith

Friday, 16 March 2018, 2.00 pm - 7.00 pm

ICAKA Members - $195 / Early Bird $130*

Non-members - $250 / Early Bird $185*

Students - $95 (No Early Bird discount)

' Brain Based Muscle Testing'

Dr David Traster

Saturday, 17 March 2018, 9.00 am - 6.00 pm

Sunday, 18 March 2018, 9.00 am - 1.00 pm

ICAKA Members - $545 / Early Bird $480*

Non-members - $645 / Early Bird $580*

Students - $400 (No Early Bird discount)

* Early Bird Pricing closes 31 January 2018  EARLY BIRD NOW EXTENDED TO 15 FEBRUARY 2018

** Rydges on Swanston are offering a 10% discount on accommodation to seminar attendees, please mention you are attending the seminar at time of booking your accommodation

10% discount applies when registering to attend both speakers' sessions

CPD Allocation:

Chris Astill-Smith 4 FLA hours

Dr David Traster 9 FLA hours

Chris Astill-Smith - Bioenergetics

Friday, 16 March 2018 2.00 pm - 7.00 pm 

(Buffet lunch served prior to seminar from 1.00 pm)

The new Applied Kinesiology concept of using biophoton luminescence to both diagnose and treat functional neurological disorders. The body has been shown to be constantly emitting low levels of biophoton coherent light in the violet / ultraviolet end of the light spectrum: first discovered by Fritz Albert Popp the pioneering German biophysicist. Each wavelength carries information that acts as signals to our genes and can switch on or off genetic expression. Gene expression regulates homeostasis, tissue repair and cellular regeneration. Francis Crick used this information in treating people with traumatic brain injury in what has become known as Optogenetics. Functional neurology using manual muscle testing allows us to access these wavelengths and assess suitable aspects of therapy integrating the three sides of the Triangle of Health.

Chris Astill-Smith is a registered osteopath, lecturer in nutrition and dietetics and a Diplomate with the International College of Applied Kinesiology. Chris is an acclaimed international lecturer on clinical biochemistry, nutrition, nutritional supplements and herbal medicine. Chris is the founder and original research director of Metabolics UK, a company pioneering nutritional supplements free of fillers and stabilisers. Chris has also founded Epigenetics International, another UK-based company that produces nutritional supplements of the highest quality. Chris has lectured many times in Australia for health professionals such as chiropractors, osteopaths and other health professionals.


Dr David Traster - Brain Based Muscle Testing

Saturday, 17 March 2018 9.00 am - 6.00 pm

Sunday, 18 March 2018 9.00 am - 1.00 pm (followed by buffet lunch)

Dr. Goodheart famously said, “Measure, Measure, Measure. Measure something independent of a muscle test to quantify the impact of your therapy.” Today, many clinicians are using a manual muscle test as both an indicator which directs therapy, as well as an outcome measurement.  Dr. David Traster (American Chiropractor) will take the learners on a journey through the peripheral and central nervous system correlating various structures of the nervous system with function.

 Dr. Traster will dive into detail on the neuroanatomy and neurophysiology of the human motoric system and how understanding the central nervous system’s role in sensorimotor function will translate into better clinical outcomes.  Dr. Traster will introduce a patient-centred clinical model which applies more sensitive and specific outcome measurements than a manual muscle test in regards to the nervous system. 

Regardless of the technique you are currently using with your patients, Dr. Traster will give you an evidence-based approach you can incorporate into your practice immediately, which will compliment your current clinical model.  By having a greater appreciation for the role of the environmental in producing neuroplasticity, as well as having a better understanding on standardized neurological bedside examination procedures, manual therapists are in a unique position to adapt clinical models which reflect the most current work in the neuroscience research. 

Dr. Traster is a Chiropractor who holds a Master’s degree in Sports Health Science, a Diplomate through the American Chiropractic Neurology Board, a Fellowship through the American Board of Brain Injury and Rehabilitation, is a Certified Chiropractic Sports Physician through the American Chiropractic Board of Sports Physicians, an Assistant Professor for the Carrick Institute for Graduate Studies, and is a Certified Practitioner of Applied Kinesiology.

Dr. Traster has taught around the world for doctors in all professions and has developed a Fellowship program on Vestibular Rehabilitation for the advanced training in conditions such as vertigo/dizziness, post-concussive syndrome, chronic pain, headaches/migraines, and other complex neurological presentations.

Dr. Traster is known for translating current scientific research into hands-on clinical applications. Dr. Traster will be presenting literature and clinical applications in regards to the relationship of the central nervous system with the musculoskeletal system.  After attending this lecture, participants will be more fluent in this two way relationship and will leave with evidence-based, practical skills they can use with their patients immediately.


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