RSI Conference 2008

RSI Conference 2008

Central London – 1st March 2008 – 09:30 to 17:00

RSI Action is organising an RSI Conference and Exhibition in Central London on Saturday 1 March 2008. It will be held at the Friends Large Meeting House, 173 Euston Road, NW1 2BJ (directly opposite Euston Station).

The conference and exhibition will provide an opportunity to find out about RSI conditions, prevention, treatments, therapies, how to work round the limitations of RSI conditions and how to seek assistance. There will be stalls and exhibitions from organisations, groups and individuals dedicated to helping those with RSI conditions. Members of RSI Action and RSI Support Groups will also be available to provide advice.

Who should attend? – those who suffer from, or who are at risk of RSI conditions; family or friends of RSI sufferers; those who are involved in the prevention, management or treatment of RSI conditions; and anybody who would like to know more about these conditions.

Attendance at the conference and exhibition is free. Delegates are advised to register in advance to ensure a place (see the Registration Form below).

RSI Conference Programme 2008

09:15 Exhibition and Conference Check-In The event is free but delegates are advised to register in advance to ensure a place at the conference.

10:00 Conference Programme Conference chairman for the morning sessions will be Prof Bruce Lynn (Prof Lynn and his team at University College London, have carried out research on diffuse RSI.)

The Challenge of RSI Conditions - Stephen Fisher, Chairman of the Trustees, RSI Action

BP RSI Prevention Programme - Rob Treeby, HSSE Manager, BP PLC

RSI Diagnosis - Dr Michael Hutson, Consultant Orthopaedic Physician, Past president FIMM (International Federation of Manual/Musculoskeletal Medicine), Chairman FIMM Academy, Member of Academy of Experts

Tea and Coffee

Ergonomics and RSI - Christine Critchley, Senior Consultant with System Concepts Limited (

GlaxoSmithKline RSI Prevention Programme - Martina Clooney, Employee Health Management, GSK UK.

RSI – From Partial Recovery to Complete Function - Suparna Damany MSPT, author of “It’s Not Carpal Tunnel Syndrome” ( Suparna is a Physical Therapist who has successfully treated chronic, repetitive strain sufferers (often after failed surgical attempts) and instituted successful RSI prevention programs at major employers in the USA. Suparna is a Certified Hand Therapist and a Certified Ergonomic Assessment Specialist, in private practice in Allentown, Pennsylvania, USA. We are delighted that Suparna is flying over specifically to explain her understanding and insight into RSI, and her methodology in treating these conditions. Her book is a significant milestone in the understanding and treating RSI conditions.

Lunch - can be ordered in advance on the registration form

RSI in Australia: Myth and Reality – Ann Thomson, Director, RSI Overuse Injury Association of the ACT (Australian Capital Territory) (
The story that is commonly told about RSI in Australia is it that there was an epidemic in the 1980s – “mass hysteria”, some called it – and then it died away. But what really did happen to RSI in Australia? How common is it? And what happens to sufferers today? Ann’s presentation will use published research to throw light on these important questions.

RSI Recovery Case Study - Kasia Verissimo (
An Executive in financial markets in London whose career was shuttered and life torn into pieces by a range of debilitating injuries caused by computer use. How did it happen? How did Kasia achieve her recovery?

RSI treatment in the UK - Bronwyn Clifford ( &

RSI Legal Issues - Stephen Silverman of Osmond Gaunt & Rose, solicitors ( Stephen Silverman has extensive experience in RSI personal-injury claims.

Tea and Coffee

Welfare Reform Bill, The Impact on RSI Sufferers - Paul Treloar, Director of Policy and Services, Disability Alliance (
Paul has been involved in the Welfare Reform Bill consultations and DWP pilot studies on the changes to incapacity benefit which will be introduced this year. The reforms focus on returning disabled to the workplace, and introducing work-related activities. How will this affect those with serious and chronic RSI conditions?

RSI Case Studies, Recovery and Challenges – RSI Action
A case study of RSI recovery with intense treatment in India, and an outline of some of the problems and challenges encountered in other cases.

16:45 Conference Close