Dr Katie de Luca

Session Title:

Getting to know your Grandma - understanding back pain in the older patient

Learning Outcomes:
The World Health Organisation has identified back pain as the major disabling condition in older persons. The estimated prevalence of LBP in older Australians is 24%; and with an ageing population, back pain is set to have an increasingly substantial socio-economic cost to the Australian economy. The presentation will outline the important role that chiropractors have in supporting positive ageing. Learning outcomes of this presentation include understanding the epidemiology, diagnosis and management of back pain in the elderly.



Katie De LucaDr Katie de Luca is a postdoctoral research fellow in the Department of Chiropractic at Macquarie University. She received her PhD from the University of Newcastle in 2016. Her research interests lie in improving the understanding and delivery of healthcare for musculoskeletal conditions in older people.

Dr de Luca has presented more than 50 times at regional, national and international conferences in the areas of gerontology, public health, pain and in chiropractic. She has 23 peer-reviewed publications, with a recent highlight then invitation for an editorial on Spinal Pain in the Elderly in the journal Best Practice & Research: Clinical Rheumatology.

Katie is on the editorial board of the Journal of Manipulative and Physiological Therapeutics, and the holds the position of Research Chair for Sports Chiropractic Australia. She is a strong advocate for rural healthcare, and currently works in clinical practice in regional NSW.