Part A – The Lumbar Spine – ONLINE

Part A – The Lumbar Spine – ONLINE
Start Date
27 November 2020
End Date
29 November 2020
Start Time
End Time
ONLINE - from your computer
Contact Name
MIA Office
Contact Email

Want to improve your results with patients? Join us on Part A and learn how to use MDT to systematically assess, classify and treat lumbar spine problems. This course is worth 5 MDT CPD points for credentialed and diplomate members.

Course Overview

This 28 hour course introduces the theory and concepts of the McKenzie Method of Mechanical Diagnosis and Therapy (MDT), as it is applied to the musculoskeletal system. 

The focus of this course, which is the first in the McKenzie education series, is the assessment, classification and management of patients with lower back problems and related referred pain and / or functional limitations.

The first part of the course is completed as an online self-learning module. This online self-learning module must be completed prior to attending the remaining three days of live online teaching with the MIA Instructors noted below. 

The principles of MDT and how they apply within the biopsychosocial framework, is the key focus of this course.  Participants will explore and practice the MDT assessment, classification and management process through lectures, workshops, discussions and patient demonstrations. 

The MDT classifications of Derangement, Dysfunction and Postural syndromes are described in detail and appropriate management plans are considered, with an emphasis on patient education and self-treatment. 

Indications for the use of clinician procedures are also discussed and hands on techniques demonstrated and practiced.  Subgroups not fulfilling the criteria of the McKenzie syndromes are introduced and the basis for their differential diagnosis is outlined.

Patient demonstrations are used to illustrate the reassessment process and allow participants to get a realistic impression of the impact of the MDT system on different patient presentations, over 2-3 treatment sessions.

The course includes an illustrated electronic manual (PDF file format) and reference list. 

Course Goals

This course will provide participants with the introductory knowledge and basic skills to begin to:

  1. Describe and discuss the principles of MDT and how they fit within the biopsychosocial framework, for patients with lumbar spine problems and functional limitations. 
  2. Appropriately apply the McKenzie Method of MDT to patients with lumbar spine problems.
  3. Distinguish between the MDT syndromes (Derangement, Dysfunction, Postural) and OTHER subgroups and provide appropriate management plans for each. 
  4. Identify when the application of external forces is required, using MDT’s concept of ‘Progression of Forces’.
  5. Recognise how to assist patients to design and apply the therapeutic processes to achieve their goals, taking into account any personal or environmental barriers to recovery.

Total Course time: 7 hours online self-learning module, 21 hours live online teaching


Dr Helen Clare CEO, McKenzie Institute International, FACP, PhD, MAppSc, GradDipManipTher, DipPhty, DipMDT, APAM Specialist Musculoskeletal Physiotherapist

Peter Schoch, B. Physio(Hons), Dip MDT, Dip Bus, Dip Mgmt, APAM 

Mark Cheel, BAppSc (Physio), Dip MDT, APAM

Online Platform & Connection

Online content will be delivered via a combination of Zoom and Schoology (MII's online discussion board) platforms.  Connection details will be provided to registrants via email prior to the commencement of the course, and subject to their satisfactory completion of the pre-course online learning.  

Practical Sessions

There will be alternative arrangements for practical procedures, such as participant's video themselves doing procedures and send to Faculty for review.  Live patient assessment shall be substituted by case studies. 

MDT CPD Points

This course is worth 5 MDT CPD points for credentialed and diplomate members.

Course Fee

$945.00 incl GST

  • 30% discount off the course fee is offered to final year undergrad students who book for a Part A course - must provide evidence of undergrad student status and proof of APA membership.
  • 10% discount off the course fee is offered to MIA members 
  • 50% discount off the course fee is offered to MIA Credentialled and Diplomated members - this allows these members to meet the requirement for remaining on the Clinician Locator.


McKenzie Institute Part A are open to Physiotherapists, Medical Doctors, Clinical Myotherapists*, Chiropractors, Osteopaths and Exercise Physiologists. Other health professionals may submit copies of their Tertiary Education and registration details to the McKenzie Institute Australia for consideration.

*Myotherapists must hold a Bachelor degree or be in the process of upgrading from an Advanced Diploma to Bachelor degree in Myotherapy.

Terms of Service

Please ensure you are aware of McKenzie Institute Australia Terms of Service before registering.

Order of Courses

  • Part A must be completed first and Part D last. 
  • Participants may choose the order in which they complete Parts B and C. 
  • Full completion of Parts A-D is a prerequisite for the International Credentialling Exam.