Short course

Prechtl’s General Movements Assessment

Equip yourself with the knowledge to detect cerebral palsy.

Overview

Early diagnosis of young infants with cerebral palsy is essential for their and their families' continued wellbeing. Prechtl’s Method of the Qualitative Assessment of General Movements is reputedly the most effective predictor of cerebral palsy, and therefore a crucial tool for dedicated healthcare professionals wanting to minimise the impact of this neurological condition.

The University of Melbourne has partnered with the internationally acclaimed General Movements Trust to conduct a Basic and Advanced ‘General Movements Assessment’ short course. Over 3.5 days, leading academics will introduce participants to Prechtl’s assessment method through face-to-face lectures, demonstrations and exercises.

The program

Our engaging program is offered at two levels: the Basic and the Advanced course. Participants of the Advanced program should have completed Basic training as a prerequisite.

Both courses fulfil the standards specified by the General Movements Trust with participants receiving up to 22.75 hours of Continuing Professional Development (CPD) with industry experts. An assessment is conducted on the final day, resulting in a General Movements certificate on successful completion.

What you will learn

On completion of the course, you will:

  • Understand the ontogeny of spontaneous motor activity.
  • Be able to differentiate between normal and abnormal General Movements (GMs) from birth to 20 weeks post-term.
  • Have learnt practical instructions for recording and assessing GMs.
  • Comprehend individual developmental trajectories and their predictive power for later neurological impairments.

The Advanced course will provide additional intensive treatment in correct judgement, dealing with:

  • Details of assessment
  • Correct terminology and technique, and
  • Application of individual developmental trajectories.

Who should apply?

This course is suitable for physiotherapists, paediatricians, occupational therapists, neurologists, nurses, neonatologists and other professions in the field of infant neurology.

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