Short course

Prechtl’s General Movements Assessment


2020 Fees

To be confirmed.


2020 Dates

To be confirmed.


Rydges on Swanston

701 Swanston St, Carlton, 3053

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Equip yourself with the knowledge to detect cerebral palsy.

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.

Academic and teaching team

  • Alicia Spittle
    Associate Professor, University of Melbourne

    Associate Professor Alicia Spittle is a Physiotherapist and Senior Researcher at the University of Melbourne and leads the motor team of the Victorian Infant Brain Study at the Murdoch Children’s Research Institute. She is a current recipient of a National Health Medical Research Council (NHMRC) Career Development Fellowship, and Chief Investigator on several NHMRC project grants, along with the NHRMC Centre of Research Excellence in Newborn Medicine. In addition to her research, she works clinically in the neonatal intensive care unit and follow-up clinic at the Royal Women's Hospital, Melbourne. She has been using the General Movements assessment in research and clinical practice in Australia since 2004.

  • Arie Bos
    Professor, University of Groningen

    Arend Bos is Professor in Paediatrics and Neonatology and head of the Neonatology division at the Beatrix Children’s Hospital, located at the University Medical Center Groningen, the Netherlands. His expertise and research focuses on neonatal brain function and development of children, particularly of those children who experience difficulties at birth and need to be admitted to the neonatal intensive care unit (NICU). He is a member of the General Movements Trust, an international group of researchers, together with whom he developed a method to assess brain function in young infants from their spontaneous movements.

This course is presented in partnership with the Faculty of Medicine