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27th Australian and New Zealand Spinal Cord Society

27th Australian and New Zealand Spinal Cord SocietyAnnual Scientific Meeting | Paddling our waka together27 - 29 October 2021 | Virtual Meeting

Pre Conference Workshops

The Australian and New Zealand Spinal Cord Society (ANZSCoS) 2021 Annual Scientific Meeting Pre Conference Workshops will be held on Wednesday 27 October 2021.

Pre Conference Workshop registration fee is $50 AUD (including GST) per workshop, and can be selected via the conference registration form. 

To register to attend a Pre Conference workshop only please contact the Conference Secretariat at

Morning/AM Workshops

Afternoon/PM Workshops

9:30am -12:30pm AEDT - 3 hrs
 1:30pm - 3:30pm AEDT - 2 hrs

10:30am -12:30pm AEDT - 2 hrs

1:30pm - 4:30pm AEDT - 3 hrs

10:30am -12:30pm AEDT - 2 hrs
1:30pm - 4:30pm AEDT - 3 hrs


Pre Conference Workshops Description


Time is Spine
Supported by

The Time is Spine workshop is aimed at Spine surgeons, Orthopaedic Trainees, Rehabilitation Physicians, Rehabilitation Trainees, Nursing, Physiotherapists, Occupational Therapists and Clinical Psychologists.

The topics covered are to outline the current evidence based management in Acute SCI and hopefully will lay the foundation for a good debate and address controversies.

Click here to view Time is Spine Workshop Program


Ventilation Workshop

The chronic spinal cord population and the need for home ventilation or long term weaning following CAP or HAP or as a result of intubation post planned procedure.

In this workshop we attempt to answer some questions regarding the acute interface with medical, physio, nursing, occupational therapy, community providers and funders.  

What challenges are posed in these circumstances for this population of patients and healthcare professionals?

What future does diaphragmatic pacing or phrenic nerve stimulation have for these patients.  What is involved in the set up and ongoing requirements? 

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Peer Support (ANZSIPs) Group

Discussion and networking opportunity for SCI Peer and Family Support Workers to meet and share ideas with a particular emphasis on the importance of Family Support particularly by family 'peers' and challenges and approaches to delivering this work.

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Spinal Cord Rugby Injuries: Past, Present and Future
Sponsored by

We are delighted to bring this workshop to you sponsored by NZ Rugby Foundation. This workshop will highlight the changing face of Rugby related SCI and the brilliant initiatives and research work which has gone into reducing these injuries to minimum.

Dr Ken Quarrie has been instrumental over the decades with his pioneering research and has been at the forefront of prevention strategy in minimising the SCI related to rugby. He is our guest speaker and will give us a historical perspective and current cutting edge research and initiatives which make the game safer.

We also have Cody Everson, Wheel blacks Captain talking on his lived in experience following school rugby injury which  left him tetraplegic. He has defied the odds and his roadmap to Wheel blacks captaincy is inspirational. 

Richard Tombs, GM of Hearts in Union, will also present in this workshop, providing an Australian perspective of Rugby SCI.

Please join in this incredible workshop to see first-hand the progress in prevention strategies over the decades. 

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Hot Topics on Life in the Community with an SCI

This workshop explores ‘hot topics’ pertaining to different aspects of living in the community with SCI. It is relevant for a range of health providers and persons with lived experience. 

The following four fascinating topics will be explored: 

  • What do people really think? Media informed attitudes towards SCI.
  • Perspectives on whanau and family life after SCI
  • Employment after SCI
  • Ageing with SCI.  

After a short presentation on each topic there be a panel discussion with the presenters and other distinguished guests, which will offer an opportunity for questions from the audience.  

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Paediatric Workshop - Towards an Australasian Paediatric SCI/D Registry
Sponsored by

In this workshop, notable speakers with extensive registry and dataset experience will share relevant learnings and offer recommendations for development of a Paediatric Spinal Cord Injury and Dysfunction (SCI/D) Registry.

It is proposed that a data repository specific to paediatric SCI/D would provide more comprehensive epidemiological data than currently available, enhance understanding of secondary complications and associated health service use, enable monitoring of trends over time and identification sub-sets for preventative campaigns, provide insight into treatment approaches and highlight areas of unmet need.

Facilitated discussion will engage all workshop participants to reach consensus on;

  • Registry objectives and applications 
  • Core data + collection schedule 
  • Registry structure (e.g. state, national or Australasian)
  • Formation of an Advisory Group 

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