2018 AMSN Japan Eduventure Rusutsu Resort

  • Expression of interest for our AMSN 2018 eduventure
    February 5, 2018 - February 8, 2018
    15:00 - 17:00


What is an AMSN Eduventure ?

An Eduventure is an unique model where we combine CPD with a travel in an exciting destination. It’s a great environment to foster professional development but also a chance to let your hair unwind from the stress of clinical practice and also network with some like minded colleagues. And we would argue there is no better location for an eduventure than Japan. It’s relatively inexpensive, exotic boasts some of the world’s best powder snow.

Update: as on the 18th of June we have now added 2 ticket options

  1. You can purchase a CPD ticket in full
  2. You can secure your place by selecting a deposit enrollment of $200 by purchasing a balance of enrolment ticket due before the end of September
  • Please note: It is not necessary to register or pay for travel partners. Just add there names on the travel partner question on your enrolment form.

So whats the plan ?

The suggested itinerary is that we all fly out of the Gold Coast Airport as a group on Friday morning the 2nd February 2018 via Jetstar or you could also meet us Northern folk in Tokyo (Narita airport) if you wish to fly direct from Sydney or Melbourne.

You can download a full itinerary on the link below


We stay the Friday night in Tokyo and then get a head to Sapporo and most likely the resort on Saturday or spend a night in the susukino area of Sapporo and soak up some serious party culture. We will then transfer to the Rusutsu resort on Sunday and be ready to start the CPD activity on Monday the 5th of Feb.

From Monday to Thursday we ski in the daytime and then do the CPD activities from the late afternoon and follow it up with some great Japanese meals and then a soak in the volcanic onsens  ( Japanese volcanic hot tubs).

From here we head back to Tokyo on Friday the 9th of Feb then fly out Friday evening to arrive in the Gold Coast by Saturday the 10th giving you some recovery time before you return to clinic. Or for the more powder hungry of us you could part company on Friday and then take on some extra travel of your own with the mighty Nesiko resort just up the road and the 2018 Sapporo snow festival also on over this time.


Please note: What you are purchasing from the AMSN is the CPD activity.

Whilst the AMSN strives to help you as much as we can your accommodation and travel choices are you own and this is not a group tour ! Please be confident with independent travel. Travel in a non-English speaking country never quite goes to plan so bring your sense of humor and some chocolate.


The CPD activity and Co-presenters


Tim Lothe Raven was born and raised in Melbourne, Australia. He studied chiropractic at Phillip Institute of Technology (now RMIT University) and started working as a chiropractor December 1988.

Whilst living in England, he started a postgraduate masters in clinical chiropractic at AECC. It was all about biopsychosocial and very much ahead of its time. Craig Liebensen was the external coordinator.

As happens during studying, he met Lise, a very nice Norwegian woman and moved to Norway in 1999. They both completed their MSc’s, attended the Prague School with Janda and Lewit and helped Craig run some functional rehab classes in Norway and the Netherlands.

In 2004, Tim and his wife, along with an anaesthesiologist with a PhD in neurophysiology started a project looking at the physiology of the motoneurons to the lumbar multifidus in pain free and LBP patients and the effect of manipulation on these nerves. (formed the basis of Lise’s PhD). They later received a large grant from the Norwegian Research Council to run a similar project looking at motoneurons to the cervical multifidus in healthy subjects and neck pain patients.

From January 2008 until 2016 Tim was a member of the European Council on Chiropractic Education, where he sat on the Executive committee for 8 years, four of which as President.

From 2009 to 2012 he was a representative for the Norwegian Chiropractors’ Association to CEN – The European Committee for Standardisation, which is a multinational group tasked to write a Standards document for the delivery of healthcare by chiropractors in Europe. The document was published by CEN in 2012.

In 2011 Tim was awarded Chiropractor of the Year by the NCA.

Tim is lucky to have 3 children with Lise who is Dean of the European Academy of Chiropractic.  Together they run 2 multidisciplinary practices on the south coast of Norway. Tim enjoys skiing, cycling, kayaking, and of course, travel.


Lise Raven Lothe is originally from a small town above the Arctic Circle in Norway. Having obtained her chiropractic qualification from Palmer College in 1991 she moved to Southern Norway where the there is more sunshine, less snow and warmer summers than in the North.

Lise established her practice in Grimstad and after a short while expanded to the neighboring town, where, together with her husband Tim, she now runs 2 multidisciplinary clinics. Lise was a member of the Scientific Council of the Norwegian Chiropractors’ Association from 1998 to 2001 as well as sitting on the association’s Executive. She was honoured as 2010 Chiropractor of the Year by the NCA. She is currently the Dean of the European Academy of Chiropractic – the academic arm of the European Chiropractors Union.

In the 90’s, Lise was one of the first to take on board the biopsychosocial model of care when she began her postgraduate MSc in Clinical Chiropractic from University of Portsmouth and Anglo-European College of Chiropractic. During her studies she met her husband, Tim, who she “imported” to Norway in 1999.

Lise expanded on ideas developed during her Master’s degree and completed a PhD in Neurophysiology from the University of Oslo in 2015. Her work investigated motoneurons to the lumbar multifidus in an attempt to gain more understanding of the underlying mechanisms of low back pain and spinal manipulation.

Lise promotes health and fitness and is involved in health care politics in her local community as well as competing at international level in master swimming.

The CPD Topic

Spine Care;

From motorneurons to communication


How to make clinical guidelines work for you.

Become proficient in diagnosing the difficult LBP-patient.

Be the expert in handling acute sciatica.

Know the latest evidence on mechanisms behind spine care treatments.

Make placebo aid your treatment success.

Make rehab sexy.

Section 1:

Neurophysiology and biomechanics in spinal pain

Topics; Motoneurons as the final common pathway. Anatomy of deep axial muscles. What are the normal firing characteristics and postural role of the deep spinal muscles. Changes in neurophysiology and biomechanics with spinal pain. Effect of spinal manipulation on spinal function.

Learning outcomes:

  • Be able to describe the role of the motoneuron and axial muscles in maintaining tonic control of the spine based on a modern understanding of motoneuron characteristics.
  • Understand the effect of spinal pain on biomechanics and neurological phenomena
  • Develop an awareness of the benefits and limitations of manual therapies on the biomechanical and neurological dysfunctions that are present in patients with spinal pain.

Contextually Aided Recovery (CARe) for MSK pain

Topics; What are contextual effects of care? Why is placebo such a dirty word? Strategies for enhancing the effect of manual treatments. What is CARe?

Learning outcomes:

  • Be aware of the utility of placebo in healthcare.
  • Understand that placebo has specific influences on physiological processes.
  • Recognise the different forms of language used in patient consultations that give either placebo or nocebo effects.

Section 2:

Modern pathways of care in spinal pain – Extended examination in cases of low back pain

Topics; Is it possible to locate the pain generator? Treatment options for spinal pain based on best available evidence.

Learning outcomes:

  • Be able to perform an expanded patient-history and examination of low back pain patients.
  • Have an understanding of the validity of common orthopaedic and neurological tests utilised in LBP
  • Be aware of those treatment options that have demonstrated utility for a variety diagnoses.
  • Utilise PROMS as a tool to identify patients with psychosocial factors that may complicate treatment outcome.
  • Utilise PROMS as a tool to stratify treatment.
  • Utilise PROMS as a tool to assess patient progress.

Section 3:

Modern pathways of care in spinal pain – Standardised care pathway for lumbar radiculopathy

Topics; Extended examination of the patient with radicular pain. Planning a pathway of care for patients with radicular pain. When is it necessary to refer for diagnostic imaging and surgical consultation.

Learning outcomes:

  • Be able to perform an expanded patient-history and examination of patients with radiculopathy.
  • Have an understanding of the validity of common orthopaedic and neurological tests utilised in lumbar radiculopathy
  • Be aware of those treatment options that have demonstrated utility for radicular symptoms.
  • Provide patients with a time-based framework for progression and communication with other health-care providers.

Section 4:

Evidence based care of spinal pain

Topics; Practical session with workshops on various evidence-based treatments for low back pain with and without leg pain. What does the evidence say?

Learning outcomes:

  • Be able to choose between relevant treatment options that are evidence based.
  • Connect your examination findings to a treatment plan.
  • Have an understanding of how to enhance patient compliance in your rehab by making it “fun” and engaging.

Standardised evidence informed procedures for evaluation and treatment of low back pain patients with and without radiculopathy – CPD for primary care clinicians.

The learners are primary care health care professionals with licensed training in all aspects of the management of low back pain patients, including manual therapy providers such as chiropractors and physiotherapists with MSc level of education in manual therapy. The stage of learning is continued professional development (CPD).

This is a new curriculum based on the latest evidence based clinical guidelines in the field and includes two standardised procedures; one for management of the non-specific low back pain patient, and the other; management of the prolapse patient.

The purpose of this curriculum is to help clinicians keep up to date on the latest management of these common and costly conditions. This will equip clinicians to offer the best management for the patient that is also socioeconomically sound and reduce overuse of unnecessary and expensive examinations and treatment options.

The curriculum is to be used in CPD courses for practicing clinicians. It builds on the clinician’s prior knowledge and emphasises evidence-based approach to patient management. It is given as an optional CPD weekend seminar with follow-up assessment. A pre-seminar quiz will establish the knowledge base and guide the clinician in electing CDP activity that will help fill knowledge gaps.

A pre-seminar quiz will establish the knowledge base and guide the clinician in electing CDP activity that will help fill knowledge gaps.

An introductory lecture will explain the rationale behind guidelines and outline the seminar.
 The evidence for use of clinical assessment tools (validated patient questionnaires, orthopaedic and neurological examinations) that have been rated as both sensitive and specific, will be presented. Practical workshops will be given examination and treatment options. 
The last part of the seminar will tie ends together and address how to communicate the diagnosis and treatment plan to the patient and to other healthcare providers caring for the same patient.

Teaching comprises both group didactic lectures and interactive group workshops. It will make use of the clinicians’ expertise and stimulate inter-collegial dialogue and learning.


So what does my enrollment provide ?

As per last year the AMSN has split the price of the CPD activity from the travel and accommodation package (which should you chose to use it has been provided by Pitt Travel)

Your purchase of the above ticket from the AMSN will provide you with

  • Enrollment in the CPD activity for this event and the issue of a certificate on completion.
  • Access for you and your spouse for our very special eduventure pricing that has been negotiated with Pitt Travel.
  • Use of the conference room over time in the afternoons.
  • Ability to join the group on this amazing adventure and the optional networking and side trips
  • The basic package will give you accommodation and access to the runs during the seminar. If you would like to join the group for a some more fun you can also chose the optional group A or Group B trip.

 So how much will it cost ?


The CPD activity is priced at $880 (early bird) for the 4 days. This is split into a $200 deposit due before the end of June and the balance payable by the end of the September . After July the price of the CPD increases to $1100.

As for accommodation the AMSN has negotiated an amazing deal on behalf of our members through Pitt travel  that will leave you wondering why you ever bother to ski Australia again. A further 10% of the prices below can be found by booking before the 31st of July.

The Travel and Accommodation package provided by Pitt Travel includes

* 5 nights accommodation at the Rusutsu Resort

* Daily hot breakfast

* 4 days skit lift pass for the mountain.

* Unlimited use of the hotel’s volcanic onsen spa and other cool features like the wave pool.


Basic Package
Include 5 Nights at Rusutsu Resort with daily breakfast, 4 days Lift pass and return transfers between Airport and the hotel (Can be change to from Sapporo city to the hotel & from the hotel to airport).
Twin share $1,780 per person
Single use $2,500


*Early Bird special, Book before 31st July
Receive $200 discount for Single use or $130 discount per person for Twin share
Travelling alone but still wish to try and save with a twin share package ?
Dai can try and find a like minded soul that may wish to share with you so you both can get a twin share discount. You may even find the love of your life.

Option A

Include One night accommodation at Narita Tobu Hotel with Breakfast on Friday the 2nd of feb, One night accommodation at Sapporo Tokyu Rei Hotel (with breakfast)
Twin share $230 per person
Single use $330
Option B
Include One night accommodation at Narita Tobu Hotel with Breakfast on Friday the 2nd of Feb, One extra night additional accommodation at Rusutsu (Check in one day earlier than the group) with Breakfast and one day additional Lift pass
Twin share $445 per person
Single use $640
*Early Bird special, Book before 31st July
Receive $40 discount for Single use or $25 discount per person for Twin share


Ok I’m in what do I do now ?


To submit your deposit and secure your registration click on the link at the top right hand side of this page


Those folk that came on our 2015 and 201 trips need no explanation of how much fun can be had for the rest of our members here are some short videos we made of our previous trips.




 Q) Do I need a visa to travel to Japan ?

A) Not usually.  Australians and New Zealanders do not need to apply for a visa and can travel up to 90 days. For any duration longer than 90 days or if you are not Australian citizen, you need to contact the Japanese Embassy/Consulate. For further information or clarification see the Japanese Embassy information page.

Q) Do I have to book my accommodation and lift tickets through Daisuke at Pitt Travel ?

Not at all. However we have spent months getting the best deal organized for our Japan EduVenture and these prices are spectacular value for money. Should you wish to go it alone we would ask that slip as a quick email letting us know your plans so we don’t stress that we missed informing you of any changes. You will also have to arrange your own transport there.

Q) Do I have to stick to the Itinerary ?

Not at all. This is not a group tour and you are welcome to make any changes you like to your travel options. Daisuke will happy to try to tailor a trip that meets your needs. If we had more time we would definitely hit up some of the larger resorts whilst traveling over there. You must sign in on all days and actively contribute to the CPD program to be awarded your certificate.

Q) Any other tips for traveling in Japan ?

Bring plenty of warm clothes. The resorts can typically be down to -12 degrees!

Get online and download some Japanese language apps for your phone or Ipad. Being able to say please and thank you in any country you travel in always goes down well

Q) Can my partner still get the EduVenture Pricing from Pitt travel if they do not purchase a seminar ticket ?

Yes although at this stage we are limiting this accommodation deal only to those that are attending the CPD seminar and their families. Should we still have some spaces free around October we may be able to consider revising this policy so Dave down the road can also make it.

Q) I want to be able to make my friends back home as jealous as possible and show my ex that my life is now more exciting without them. This will require wi-fi and phone chargers. What is the voltage in Japan ?

Japan runs on 110 volts with the plug configuration shown below

power plug

You can buy a travel adapter at Gold Coast airport. This will convert the plug but not the voltage. Most chargers and laptops can handle the lower voltage but double check. When in doubt try your roommates first.

Q) What is the Cancellation Policy for the 2018 Japan EduVenture ?

We are taking fully refundable deposits up until the event is Confirmed ( around mid July). Once the event is confirmed deposits are non refundable and the balance is due by the end of September. Should you wish to cancel after September your balance is fully refundable but your deposit is not. No refunds will be given after November.Should we have to cancel the event all payments will be fully refunded. You should check with your chose accommodation agent for their refund policies.

Q) What is the time zone differences between Australia and Japan ?

Japan is 1 hour behind Eastern Standard Time As Japan is pretty much straight north there is little time Zone Change. This can ease the jet lag caused from international travel.

Q) What about Ski gear hire ?

The hotel has very cheap ski hire and there are also other options at the lift gateway. Be prepared to convey your shoe size and favourite snow board shape in interpretive dance.


 Empty boardAs updates are made and the plans firm up we will post new information here. Please check this space regularly before you email us asking how many socks to pack

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