General Movements Training 2020

Prechtl's Method of the Qualitative Assessment of General Movements
Townsville:  25 February; 26 - 29 February 2020
Brisbane:  1 - 4 March 2020


The Basic Course provides an introduction into Prechtl's Method on the Qualitative Assessment of General Movements in young infants. This new assessment method has shown its merit for the prenatal and postnatal evaluation of the integrity of the nervous system. Compelling evidence is now available that qualitative assessment of General Movements (GMs) at a very early age is the best predictor for cerebral palsy. This method has become a potent supplement to the traditional kind of neurological examination.

The Advanced Course will provide an additional intensive training in correct judgement. This training will deal with the details of the assessment, the proper terminology and technique as well as with the application of individual developmental trajectories.

Who should attend? Medical specialists, neonatologists, physiotherapists, occupational therapists, registered nurses and other professionals in the field of infant neurology. Participation in the Advanced Course is possible only for individuals who successfully passed a Basic Training Course held under the auspices of the GM-Trust.

The courses fulfil the standards specified by the GM-Trust (

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Course Instructors

A/Prof. Andrea Guzzetta, MD, PhD;  Advanced Course

Andrea is a Child Neuropsychiatrist at Fondazione Stella Maris. Andrea is also the Head of the Stella Maris Infant Lab for Early Intervention (SMILE) and an Associate Professor at the Medical School, University of Pisa (Italy). As an accredited trainer at the GM-Trust, A/Prof. Guzzetta has >150 publications in child neurology focusing on the effects of early brain damage on the development of different functions (motor, visual) and the underlying neuroplastic mechanisms with an overall aim of improving early intervention paradigms.


A/Prof. Alicia Spittle, PhD;  Basic Course

Alicia is a paediatric physiotherapist and international leader in early detection of motor impairments and early intervention for infants at high risk of developmental impairments. She is Director of Paediatric Physiotherapy Research at the University of Melbourne and a National Health and Medical Research Council Career Development Fellow. She is a passionate researcher who leads the motor team within the Victorian Infant Brain Studies (VIBeS) group at Murdoch Childrens Research Institute, along with holding a clinical appointment at the Royal Women’s Hospital, Melbourne. She is the first Australian tutor of the General Movements Assessment and is leading a collaboration with an international team of experts to use innovative technology to improve access to early detection of cerebral palsy.


Registration & Payment

Limited number of places available - registration fee includes refreshments and lunch:

(Actual location of the trainings will be available closer to training dates)

Location Dates Course Registration exc GST  
Townsville Tue 25 Feb 2020 One-day Refresher $550  
Townsville Wed 26 - Sat 29 Feb 2020 Basic $1,650  
Brisbane Sun 1 - Wed 4 Mar 2020 Basic $1,650  
Brisbane Sun 1 - Wed 4 Mar 2020 Advanced $1,650  


Once you have made payment, please forward your payment confirmation email to to confirm your registration.


Registration for non-Queensland clinicians: $1,650 exc GST
Registration for Queensland-based clinicians: $825 exc GST