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Pre-Conference Workshops

There will be three half day pre-conference workshop/s held on Wednesday 30 March at the Adelaide Convention Centre.

Please note that there is an additional cost to attend pre-conference workshops.

When walking is not enough. Training running skill in children with CP & like conditions
Date: Wednesday 30 March 2016
Type: Half-day workshop
Time: 8.30am - 12.30pm | 1.30pm - 5.00pm
Please note the same workshop will run twice - this is not a full day.
Venue: Adelaide Convention Centre 
Cost: AUD 130 (early bird) AUD 160 (after 29 January 2016) 
*This workshop will be run in the morning and afternoon. 

This workshop will present a research-based running intervention programme for children and adolescents with CP or neurological injury. This 12-week running program has been used with children and adolescents with CP and shown to improve their running skill, fitness and participation. Through interactive case presentations the participants will discuss the critical evaluation and training of running skill. Participants will be required to use knowledge of the biomechanics of running and the primary impairments contributing to higher level mobility limitations to guide clinical decision making and treatment selection. A practical component on how to evaluate and measure high level mobility in children with CP, and treatment strategies for progression through the pre-running, running and participation preparation stages will be include. 

Learning Objectives:

  • To understand and identify the biomechanical differences and similarities between walking and running in healthy individuals and those with cerebral palsy (CP) or neurological injury
  • To gain practical application of outcome measurement of high level mobility skill in children with CP or neurological injury
  • To be able to evaluate running performance critically in children and young people with CP or neurological injury
  • To understand the rationale and gain practical application of pre-running and running treatment ideas, progressions and time frames for running skill acquisition in children with CP or neurological injury who can walk but cannot run.

Who should attend?
Physiotherapists and exercise scientists who work with children with CP or like conditions. 

Service delivery for children with physical disabilities under the NDIS
Date: Wednesday 30 March 2016
Type: Half-day workshop
Time: 1.30pm - 5.00pm
Venue: Adelaide Convention Centre  
Cost: AUD 130 (early bird) AUD 160 (after 29 January 2016)  

1.30 - 1.55pm: The NDIS – what is it? Representative from the National Disability Insurance Agency

1.55 - 2.20pm: Experiences of a children’s disability service provider in the NDIS environment – Linda Williams, General Manager Service Development, Novita Children’s Services

2.20 - 2.40pm: The changing face of client intake and being a practitioner in the NDIS world – Linda Clifford, Central Intake Coordinator and Social Worker, Novita Children’s Services

2.40 - 3.0pm: A parent’s view of the world of the NDIS and the public health system – Eva Balun-Knuk, parent of child with cerebral palsy

3.30 - 3.50pm: “Parents’/caregivers’ experience with the National Disability Insurance Scheme for early intervention services for children with developmental disabilities” - Tharangi Ranasinghe, Women’s & Children’s Health Network, SA Health

3.50 - 4.10pm: Assisting parents through the NDIS maze – Sam Paior, Director, The Growing Space

4.10 - 4.45pm: Q & A Panel: NDIA representative; Linda Williams; Eva Balun Knuk; Sam Paior

Current concepts in tone management, surgery & rehab for the ambulant child with CP
Date: Wednesday 30 March 2016
Type: Half-day workshop
Time: 1.30pm - 5.00pm
Venue: Adelaide Convention Centre 
Cost: AUD 130 (early bird) AUD 160 (after 29 January 2016)  

Session 1: Management of Hypertonia in the Ambulant Child: 1:30-3:00

1. Identification and management of movement disorders – the role of oral medication.
Giuliana Antolovich, Paediatrician, Developmental Medicine, Royal Children’s Hospital

2. Botox in the ambulant child: When to start, when to stop and how often?
Tandy Hastings-Ison PhD. Senior Physiotherapist, Hugh Williamson Gait Laboratory, Royal Children’s Hospital.
(Tandy’s presentation will in part be based on her randomised clinical trial examining Botox frequency and her doctoral thesis).

3. Selective dorsal rhizotomy. Where are we now, and where are we going?
Dr Olivia S.H. Lee, Paediatrician, VPRS Paediatric Rehabilitation Fellow

4. Intrathecal baclofen for the ambulant child: Is this an option?
Professor Kerr Graham, Director of the Hugh Williamson Gait Laboratory, Royal Children’s Hospital
(Professor Graham has recently returned from a sabbatical visiting leading centres in Europe and the United States. One of his key objectives was attending spasticity management and movement disorder clinics including Gillette Children’s Hospital and the A.I. DuPont Centre, Wilmington, Delaware. Gillette is world renowned for its best spasticity management and movement disorder program. The DuPont Institute has extensive experience in management of ambulant children with intrathecal Baclofen pumps).

Session 2: Gait Correction Surgery and Rehabilitation

1. Single Event Multilevel Surgery for ambulant children with cerebral palsy. Why not PERCS? Why SEMLS? Dose Based Surgery versus PERCS Percutaneous gait correction surgery is attractive in concept and the web sites are impressive! Some Australian parents are travelling to the US for this procedure. What do we know about it? What is the evidence and how does it compare with “dose based” SEMLS.
Professor Kerr Graham, Director of the Hugh Williamson Gait Laboratory

2. The evidence for SEMLS: A systematic review, randomised clinical trial, long-term follow-up.
Pam Thomason, Senior Physiotherapist and Manager Hugh Williamson Gait Laboratory.
First author of the first RCT of SEMLS, the 5-year follow-up and currently conducting the 10-year follow-up.

3. Rehabilitation after Gait Correction Surgery
Annette O’Donnell, Senior Physiotherapist Cerebral Palsy Orthopaedic Surgery and Post-Intervention Therapy Coordinator. Jo Butchart, Senior Physiotherapist, Victorian Paediatric Rehabilitation Service.

Each section will be illustrated by the author’s experience, publications and detailed discussion of clinical cases. 



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