The ARK-J Program Trismus Intervention Certification Course--in Australia!

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Chris O’Brien Lifehouse

119-143 Missenden Road

Camperdown, NSW 2050


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What is The ARK-J Program?

The ARK-J Program is an educational, workshop-style course that encourages clinicians to more closely examine the neuroanatomy and pathophysiology of the jaw, as well as the exercise science behind rehabilitating the muscles of mastication. The ARK-J Program is not a clinical protocol for evaluating and treating trismus. Rather, the ARK-J Program is an evidenced-based approach that relies heavily on exercise science principles of active and passive range of motion exercises and the latest trismus management research in order to more effectively tailor safe, effective, and progressive trismus treatment programs.

Course Objectives:

1. Identify patient populations who are at-risk for trismus.

2. Differentiate between the treatment pathways of radiation-related trismus and other origins of trismus, such as CVA/TBI-induced trismus and trauma-induced trismus.

3. Define normal (WNL), mild, moderate, and severe trismus in terms of maximal jaw opening measurement.

4. Measure maximal jaw opening correctly for purposes of assessment, treatment session baselines, and evaluating progress and effectiveness of treatment.

5. Identify patients who have increased risk for acquiring ORN and how to address these risks before initiating trismus intervention to maximize the patient's safety.

6. Evaluate patients who are suspected of having trismus with standardized assessment tools.

7. Identify the principles of exercise science related to skilled trismus intervention in patients with oral dysphagia.

8. Design progressive, therapeutic passive jaw and active jaw stretching programs based on individual patient needs.

9. Identify specific counseling strategies to increase patient motivation, independence, and progress.

10. Explain the advantages of tailoring exercise programs for patients instead of using device protocols, specifically to address patients who plateau and revert in MIO or who want to minimize their functional decline.


Brian Kanapkey, M.A., CCC-SLP
Megan Nosol, M.S., M.S.Ed., CCC-SLP

What is included in course registration?

  • ARK-J Pocket Measuring Tape

  • ARK-J Program Evaluation, Diagnosis, and Treatment Manual

  • Homemade ARK-J Stretching Device Starter Kit

Where can I find a course syllabus?
The course syllabus can be downloaded on the course website.

What are my hotel options for the event?

  • Rydges Camperdown
    9 Missenden Rd, Camperdown NSW 2050, approximately 300 metres from Chris O’Brien Lifehouse

  • Atelier Serviced Apartments
    130 Carillon Avenue, Camperdown NSW 2050, Australia, approximately 300 metres from Chris O’Brien Lifehouse

What airport should I fly into for the course?

Sydney (Kingsford Smith) Airport

What are my options for parking?

  • The most convenient place to park is in the Lifehouse Car Park. Enter via Salisbury Road and turn left into Susan Street (the entry to the car park is clearly signposted). There is direct entry into lifts that can take you to all floors of the Lifehouse building from this car park. Parking is $5 per hour capped at $25 for patients for any appointment within the Lifehouse facility. Please note, because we need to keep these parking spaces free for patients, the cost is $10 per hour (no cap) for visitors including ward visitors.

  • Secure Parking Multi-Storey Prince Alfred Hospital Car Park is $11 if you park for more than seven hours but more for short term parking. Enter via New Hospital Road (off Carillon Ave, behind Lifehouse). Rates can vary, for the most up-to-date rates, call Secure Parking on 1300 727 483.

  • King George V Car Park – Enter via Missenden Road, past the front door of Lifehouse. Parking is $5 an hour, capped at $25 per day.

  • Alternatively if you prefer to travel via public transport please consider the following: Train: the closest train station is Newtown Station, this is approximately a 15 minute walk from Chris O’Brien Lifehouse, Bus: it is recommended you use the www.sydney buses.info website to determine a route from your location. Bus 412 stops opposite to lifehouse. Also check bus routes that run along Parramatta Road or Missenden Road including: 436, 438, 439, 440, 422, 423, 426 and 428. Bus routes 436, 438, 439 and 440 run from Circular Quay up Parramatta Road before travelling on to Chiswick, Abbotsford, Mortlake and Rozelle.

Where can I contact the organizer with any questions?

Contact us via email at contact@ARKJProgram.com or contact the SLP hosting this course at Chris O'Brien Lifehouse, Emma Charters, at Emma.Charters@lh.org.au.

What is the refund policy?

This course is considered tentative until Friday, May 3, 2019. What does this mean? It means if we do not have a minimum of 35 registrations by May 3, 2019, we will completely refund all registrations by May 10, 2019. Clinicians will have until 3/5/19 to register for the course. If we have 40-45 registrations, we will be able to apply a small course discount to all registrants!

Once the course has moved from tentative to scheduled, the refund policy is as follows:

  • 15 days or more before course date - Full refund minus $25 admin fee

  • 14 days or less before the course date - 50% Refund

  • A full refund will be given if ARK-J Program Certification Course is cancelled any reason. ARK-J Program coordinators reserve the right to cancel a conference in the event of an unforeseen circumstance, or if the minimum acceptable registration is not attained. In the event of a cancellation, ARK-J Program coordinators are obligated to refund the registration fee only. However, should any course be cancelled, ARK-J Program coordinators will reimburse the airline change fee up to $100 only (with proof of documentation) for registrants only.

  • Refunds will not be provided to those who do not cancel or for those who begin a course but do not complete it.

***A full list of FAQs is located on the "FAQ" page of the course website.

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