Cardiac Arrhythmias & Conduction Defects Virtual Workshop

Cardiac Arrhythmias & Conduction Defects Virtual Workshop

Cardiac Arrhythmias and Conduction Defects for AEP Virtual Workshop

Many AEPs have had only a very basic introduction to the range of cardiac arrhythmias and conduction defects that commonly present in their clients. This can be unnerving for both the AEP and the client. This virtual workshop is designed to provide AEPs with new knowledge, understandings, and competencies in this important area of practice, and in so doing, AEPs who undertake this virtual workshop will have more confidence in providing safe and effective services for these clients. 

Steve will demonstrate how some of the newer cardiac technologies (smartwatches, smartphones, simple ECG devices) which are very accessible to AEPs (price, ease of use, ease of reporting) can put powerful tools into the hands of AEPs once they understand the fundamentals of cardiac arrhythmias and conduction defects, and their impacts on exercise participation. 

Throughout the virtual workshop, Steve will focus on empowering delegates to begin to “connect the dots” between what often looks like an overwhelmingly complex range of medical services for a given condition, and the AEP’s exercise services. He will try to break down the complexities into bite sized bits that an AEP can use. There is probably no better example of that than atrial fibrillation (AF), but many others will be included in the workshop. We will try to connect the following for each major presentation of cardiac arrhythmias and conduction defects: (i) pathology; (ii) pathophysiology; (iii) signs and symptoms;  (iii) diagnostic techniques (ECG and non-ECG) that importantly include some techniques that an AEP can easily perform with some education; (iv) main medical treatments and interventions, with the foci on first line medications and the range of ablation therapies; (iv) implantable devices such as permanent pacemakers (PPM) and implantable cardioverter defibrillators (AICD): how they work, their roles in these conditions and what AEPs need to know for exercise; (v) AEPs to assess an individual’s risk of exercise participation across a range of exercise modes, intensities and volumes; and to empower AEPs to be able to provide safe and effective services for clients based on sound monitoring, symptom vigilance and clinical reasoning.  The range of cardiac arrhythmias and conduction defects to be covered in the workshop include: 
1. Arrhythmias: 
  • atrial fibrillation (AF): new and pre-existing
  • atrial flutter
  • atrial ectopics (AE = PAC)
  • other atrial arrhythmias such as wandering atrial pacemakers
  • atrial tachycardia (supraventricular tachycardia, SVT)
  • junctional arrhythmias including junctional tachycardia 
  • ventricular ectopics (VE = PVC)
  • ventricular tachycardia (VT)
  • channelopathies, including long QT syndrome and Brugada syndrome

    2. Conduction defects: 
  • sinus pauses, including sinus arrest, sinus block and sinus standstill
  • AVN blocks
  • re-entrant tachycardias including WPW and AVN re-entrant tachycardias 
  • bundle branch blocks and fascicular blocks

    The virtual workshop will also include an extensive range of real deidentified case studies from Steve’s practice.

    Presented by Professor Steve Selig, PhD 

    Steve Selig is the retired Chair in Clinical Exercise Science at Deakin University and was an academic in cardiovascular exercise physiology for 34 years. In retirement, Steve continues to teach, research and practise cardiac exercise physiology. He enjoys mentoring students and new AEPs in his field of expertise.  

    Steve has been a long term servant of ESSA in many capacities including Director on the Board (2005-2021), twice led peak advisory groups (2006-2008; 2013-2015) on behalf of ESSA that were tasked with restructuring the ESSA Professional Standards for Accredited Exercise Physiologists (AEP), and many committee roles. The professional standards covered by the work of Steve and his colleagues span the period 2008-2021. 

    His research has focused on the benefits of exercise for people living with heart failure, and Steve is considered a leading exercise physiologist in Australia for the design of individualised exercise interventions for people living with treatment-resistant hypertension and labile hypotension, arrhythmias and conduction defects, complex valve disease and adult congenital heart disease. 

    Steve’s academic leadership has been recognised by many Awards, including a Vice-Chancellor’s Award for Teaching Excellence, and a National Citation for an Outstanding Contribution to Student Learning. In 2010, he was honoured to receive the ESSA President’s Award for services to clinical exercise physiology. In 2016, he was named as one of the “top 25 influencers of exercise and sports science in Australia” as part of the 25 year celebration of ESSA. In 2021, Steve was honoured with Life Membership of ESSA in recognition of a quarter of a century of exemplary and sustained contributions to the exercise and sport science professions. 

    Schedule - Time Change!

    Virtual Workshop, Online
    Saturday, 8 October 2022
    10:00am - 4:45pm AEDT 

    Please note, the times listed are in Australian Daylight Savings Time. 
    Your local time will be: 
    ACT:         10:00am - 4:45pm
    NSW:    10:00am - 4:45pm
    NT:    9:30am - 4:15pm
    QLD:    9:00am - 3:45pm
    SA:    9:30am - 4:15pm
    TAS:   10:00am - 4:45pm
    VIC:   10:00am - 4:45pm
    WA:    7:00am - 1:45pm

    This is a live virtual workshop only. No recordings will be available post workshop.

    Rates per person

                      Earlybird                 Standard 
        If registered and paid on or
    before 8 September 2022

      If registered and paid on or
    after 9 September 2022

    ESSA Member   $150.00   $170.00
    ESSA Student Member
    Student Non-Member
    Please see terms & conditions for registration type definitions.


  • Full day professional development  
  • Workbook in a softcopy format
  • Certificate of attendance, gaining you valuable ESSA CPD points
  • Virtual networking with the presenter and your peers

    Target Audience

    Any Accredited Exercise Physiologist 

    ESSA CPD Points


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