Keynote Speakers


Keynote Speakers

Maureen Coggrave

Dr Maureen Coggrave

Dr Coggrave is a clinical nurse specialist and researcher, and senior lecturer at Buckinghamshire Healthcare, UK. Dr Coggrave's work focuses on the management of neurogenic bowel dysfunction after spinal cord injury, and in other central neurological conditions such as multiple sclerosis. She runs a clinic for individuals with significant bowel management difficulties, lectures postgraduate nurses at Buckinghamshire New University and King’s College London, and within the spinal cord injury centre teaches patients, relatives and carers, and professionals from within and beyond the centre.

Dr Coggrave chairs a nationally representative group aiming to improve bowel care in all areas where individuals with neurogenic bowel problems have contact with health services; the second edition of their guideline has just been published.

Her research is funded currently by a Clinical Lectureship from the National Institute for Health Research (Department of Health) in the UK; current projects include the development of a patient reported outcome measure for neurogenic bowel dysfunction, and an observational study of the impact and management of neurogenic bowel dysfunction in children with spinal cord injury.

Marcel Post

Associate Professor Marcel Post

Associate Professor Post studied psychology. His current research interests include rehabilitation outcomes, quality of life, psychological factors, and caregiver burden in persons with spinal cord injury or stroke. He is author or co-author of 200+ articles in peer-reviewed journals and is on the editorial boards of three rehabilitation journals. He is board member of the Dutch Rehabilitation Psychology Association, member of the ISCoS Scientific Committee and co-chaired the development of the ISCoS/ASIA datasets for Activities & Participation and Quality of Life.

John  Walsh AM

John Walsh AM

John is a Partner in the Advisory division of PricewaterhouseCoopers, where he has worked for more than twenty years.

In 2010 he was appointed to the Productivity Commission investigation which recommended the National Disability Insurance Scheme when it reported in July 2011.

In 2001 he was named Australia’s Actuary of the Year, and in 2011 was appointed a Member of the Order of Australia, and received the Prime Minister's Award for outstanding service to the disability sector. 



Invited Speakers

Peter Bragge

Dr Peter Bragge

Dr Bragge is a Senior Research Fellow in Knowledge Translation and Quality Improvement at the National Trauma Research Institute. Dr Bragge leads the NTRI Forum program, which aims to improve the care of spinal cord and brain injury by bringing together key stakeholders in priority areas of care for structured and facilitated stakeholder dialogues informed by review of relevant research. The NTRI Forum program underpins a range of knowledge translation activities including Clinical Practice Guideline development and implementation. Dr Bragge also has a clinical background in physiotherapy.

Ashley Craig

Dr Ashley Craig

Dr Craig is a Professorial Research Fellow working in the Rehabilitation Studies Unit, Sydney Medical School-Northern, The University of Sydney. He is also the Senior Clinical Psychologist in the READ Clinic, Gosford, where he assists people with severe injury to adjust adaptively and enhance their resilience. Professor Craig has been studying aspects of injury and recovery over the past 20 years, with a special focus on SCI. He has published widely on psychosocial factors that influence secondary conditions associated with SCI, especially depressive mood, chronic fatigue and chronic pain. He has also conducted major outcome studies on the benefits of psychological therapy, as well as developing novel hands free assistive technologies such as the Mind Switch. He places special importance on investigating factors that will protect people from the adversity associated with SCI.

Tom Gwinn

Mr Tom Gwinn

Lecturer - Discipline of Exercise & Sport Science Faculty of Health Services, The University of Sydney

Mr Gwinn is published in the areas of physiology of wheelchair propulsion, muscle strength in relation to bone density and the effect of passive stretch on muscle passive properties. His current research interests include investigation of the relationship between genetic variations in fat transport proteins and metabolism during exercise. He is interested in the promotion of increased awareness of the relationship between physical activity and health benefits.

Dougie Herd

Mr Dougie Herd

Dougie Herd works for DisabilityCare Australia, the agency implementing the national disability insurance scheme, as the Branch Manager with responsibility for Research & Engagement in the national office.  Dougie joined the agency in October 2012.

Before joining DisabilityCare Australia, Dougie worked for two years as Project Manager of the NSW Industry Development Fund, managed by National Disability Services NSW, six years as the Executive Officer of the Disability Council of NSW (the State’s official advisory body) and five years as the EO of the Physical Disability Council of NSW (a State peak and systemic advocacy organisation).  Since arriving in Australia in late 1999, Dougie has acquired work experience in the non-government disability advocacy and service provider sectors, State government advisory roles and now, through DisabilityCare Australia, in the Australian Public Service.

Dougie was born in Glasgow, Scotland and has been a wheelchair user for 29 years.  

Jane Hsieh

Ms Jane Hsieh

Jane Hsieh is Executive Director of SCI KMN (, a national organization with over 100 members collaborating to implement evidence-based best practices to improve the quality of care and life in individuals with SCI, increasing the capacity to translate evidence into practice is a priority for the work of our network. As a co-Editor and chapter author of SCIRE (, she is experienced in the synthesis of the available evidence to update best practices and as such will combine this skill with the lessons learned in SCI KMN to make progress in evidentiary translation.

The “art” of translation, especially with respect to best practice implementation, is relatively new and combined with the excellent work of colleagues in mapping the evidence, SCI KMN is poised to partner in the increasing need to ensure sustained uptake of best practices in patient care.

Trevor  Russell

Dr Trevor Russell

Dr Trevor Russell is a senior lecturer in the Division of Physiotherapy within the School of Health and Rehabilitation Sciences at the University of Queensland. His research interests lie in the field of Telerehabilitation and he co-directs the Telerehabilitation Research Unit at the University of Queensland. Dr Trevor Russell has a PhD in Telerehabilitation and has extensive experience conducting research in this field. Dr Russell has led the development of an innovative telerehabilitation system (eHAB™) which has been successfully commercialized. This system has recently been purchased by Queensland Health for use in two regional health districts and it is also used in a growing number of telerehabilitation research projects. Dr Trevor Russell supervises three PhD Students, two MPhil students and has supervised 29 honours and coursework masters students in the past three years in the field of telerehabilitation. In recognition of his research output and achievements, he has been awarded the School of Health and Rehabilitation Sciences Excellence in Research Award and the Australian Physiotherapy Association (Qld) Research Excellence Award.



  • Wellspect Healthcare

  • Allergan

  • Spinal Cord Injury Network

  • ParaQuad NSW & BrightSky Australia

  • Royal Rehabilitation Centre