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2019 Australian & New Zealand Spinal Cord Society (ANZSCoS) <br/>Annual Scientific Meeting

2019 Australian & New Zealand Spinal Cord Society (ANZSCoS)
Annual Scientific Meeting 21 - 23 August 2019 | Pullman Melbourne Albert Park

Plenary 1: Innovation

Dr Peter Batchelor, Department Of Neuroscience Monash University
Early treatment of SCI: a battle of time and teamwork

Dr Susan Harkema, Department of Neurological Surgery, University of Louisville
Epidural spinal Cord stimulation facilitating function for people with spinal cord injury

Dr Sandra Braaf, Research Fellow, Monash University
Empowerment in health care: Personal strategies and system changes
This presentation will explore the concepts of empowerment, engagement, and co-production in health care. How consumers and clinicians can work together to support people’s empowerment for optimal health will be addressed. Ultimately, empowerment is a journey that is multi-factorial, personal, and dependent on context for each person with a spinal cord injury. Health systems and professionals need to be responsive to individuals to enable empowerment to occur.


Plenary 2: The World We Live In


Nick Morris O.A.M, Morris Goding Access Consulting
Why accessibility doesn’t care about disability
How accessibility and universal design are they new approaches that will bring full inclusion for all that need it, with the term disability nowhere to be seen.

Mark Heng, Lonely Planet
What Is Accessible Travel and Why Is It Important?
When most people think about accessibility, their thoughts immediately turn to ramps and lifts, but of course there is much more to it than that. This presentation will seek to shed light on the broader implications of accessibility and why it is becoming increasingly important, not only in tourism, but for society as a whole.

Steven Wells and Anton Harrington, Austin Health
More Grows in the Garden than the Gardener Sows
How the incorporation of therapeutic landscapes and an accessible kitchen garden are being intertwined into the rehabilitation journey to empower access, inclusiveness and independence in recovery and beyond.

Plenary 3: Co-Inventing the Wheel

John Chernesky, Rick Hansen Institute
Integrated Knowledge Translation: Engaging people with lived experience of SCI throughout the research process
Overview of the principles of Integrated Knowledge Translation (IKT), description of its practical application, tools that can be used to engage meaningfully and effectively, examples of successful IKT projects, and future direction.

Dr Jeanette Tamplin, The University of Melbourne
Group singing therapy in virtual reality: A participant-informed platform design

  • Singing therapy can improve respiratory health and voice projection
  • Face-to-face singing therapy is not accessible for many people with SCI
  • Participants with SCI trialled a range of VR headsets and programs with low latency audio solutions for online singing
  • We developed a custom-built VR platform informed by the feedback from participants with SCI

Dr Gillean Hilton, Victorian Spinal Cord Service
Designing a sustainable program of peer-led "Skills for Independence" residential courses for adults with spinal cord injury.

  • Pilot course delivered in September 2018 in collaboration with Back Up Trust UK and Sargood on Collaroy
  • Established volunteer project team consisting of extensive lived experience coupled with project and research expertise
  • Established partnership with Sargood Foundation
  • Theory of change and customer experience methodologies informed the design of a two - three year demonstration project 
  • Currently exploring further opportunities for user testing and funding options for implementation

David Berlowitz, Austin Health
Optimizing sleep after spinal cord injury
We all need good sleep to live well, but for people living with spinal cord injury a number of specific sleep disorders compromise their ability to have a refreshing night’s sleep. Sleep disordered breathing, melatonin disruption and periodic limb movements are all well recognised sleep disorders that are much more prevalent in people living with spinal cord injury, especially those with cervical lesions. This presentation will focus on what we know and what to do about sleep and sleep disorders after spinal cord injury.


Plenary 4: A Collective Consciousness

This interactive session is where the conference meets an unconference in a dynamic format where the expertise and wisdom of the invited speakers will be enhanced and amplified by the wider collective.

All attendees will be empowered to share their expertise as we discuss the emergent topics of the meeting. This is unrehearsed; the session agenda will be set as the conference progresses and everyone present will take part in something unexpected.

This final plenary will not be like others you have attended in the past. Stay right until the end of the conference to participate in further reflection on the information shared in earlier sessions, bring new ideas to the room and consolidate thinking on how we can foster improved outcomes for people with SCI into the future.

(Collective Conscience: the set of shared beliefs, ideas, and moral attitudes which operate as a unifying force within society).