ACTIVATOR Program Course - Evidence-base Specialised Walking Poles

Learn about the dynamic ACTIVATOR Program prescribed as best practices in Canada to improve outcomes for gait, balance, core strength and inspire active living.

Learn the foundations of the Activator Technique for better balance, gait and off-loading.
Discover an effective alternative to passive devices, such as canes, and to delay/reduce the use of walkers and crutches.
Understand how to effectively use the design of the patented Activator Poles for improved core strength, improving gait outcomes including speed, stride, reduce gait variability & arm swing
Enhance your exercise programs with poles for an upper and lower body movement flow and promoting proper posture.
Understand how to determine the proper technique and use innovative seated, standing and pre-gait exercises for specific conditions
Discover how to inspire clients in wellness & weight management programs and increase intensity for rehab using the Urban Poling/Nordic walking technique.

“Excellent course – clear, concise and very practical!  I will definitely be recommending this course to other therapists”

“Very comprehensive and detailed; brings in professional scope of practice, college guidelines and contraindications”

“Seated and standing exercises were unique and very valuable.  You made me think of exciting applications for poling than I would have otherwise.”

Clinical Areas:  neurology, orthopedics, aged care, cancer rehab, metabolic syndromes, amputees, MSI, mental health and spinal conditions

Target Audience: physiotherapists, exercise physiologists, occupational therapists


Presented by Mandy Shintani, Juliette Fritschi & Sarah Corley:
Mandy Shintani:
Mandy Shintani has been an occupational therapist for 30 years and has her Master’s Degree in Gerontology. She is an international speaker at conferences and webinars including: 200 years of Parkinson’s Disease Conference in Australia, National Fall Prevention conference in Canada, Australian OT Association, and the UK ACPIN Neuro Conference.  Thirteen years ago, she developed the Activator Poles (patented) and technique specifically for rehabilitation. 3,500 therapists/EPs/Kinesiologists/RAs and fitness instructors in Canada have completed the courses she developed on the use of Nordic walking & specialized walking poles for fitness and rehabilitation.  She has been featured numerous times in national media in Canada and was a finalist in the prestigious YWCA Women of Distinction Award for Innovation & Entrepreneurship

Juliette Fritschi:
Juliette Fritschi is a physiotherapist who now works in community physiotherapy mainly in the areas of gerontology, exercise for chronic disease, and orthopedics.  She completed her PhD on pole walking for older adults from the school of Exercise and Nutrition Science at the University of Queensland in 2015. She has presented at several conferences, has published three papers on pole walking and now runs several Urban Poling walking and exercise classes in the Brisbane area in addition to her physiotherapy practice.

Sarah Corley
Sarah graduated from Queensland University of Technology in 2012 as an Exercise Physiologist and received full accreditation with ESSA. She then commenced a full time role in neurological and neuromuscular rehabilitation building specialised knowledge and exercise prescription. In 2016  Sarah gained title of Clinical Teacher at Griffith University for involvement in student practicum placement in the neurological and musculoskeletal field. Sarah continues to build her knowledge within this population, presenting at universities and conferences whilst continuing to work in private clinics.

Course schedule
Gold Coast: 28 September 2019


Member: $329.00
Non-Member: $399.00
Student Member: $199.00

Note: cost includes one set of Activator poles and a set of conversion boot tips.

Contact details
For more information or to enrol, please contact the provider using the below details:

Ph: 0400 490 008