7th Biennial Conference

Breakthrough to Excellence

Cypress Lakes Resort, Hunter Valley | 11 - 14 Mar 2014

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Breakfast Sessions

Breakfast sessions are included in the registration cost for participants staying at Cypress Lakes Resort. 

The cost of breakfast for those not staying at Cypress Lakes Resort is AUD 30. The Conference Secretariat will contact you directly to confirm the additional cost once registered.

Breakfast sessions will run concurrently on:


Wednesday 12 March 2014  |  8.00 - 8.45am

Breakfast 1    

A Canadian, a Belgium, an Italian and an Indian go into an Irish pub.................... to discuss how to manage the hip in Cerebral Palsy.

This breakfast session will provide a unique opportunity to hear an international panel of orthopaedic surgeons discuss the management of the CP hip. The format will be discussion of real world clinical cases. Lively discussion is guaranteed but the consensus is not!

Unni Narayanan, HSC Toronto, Canada
Anja van Campenhout, Leuven, Belgium
Nicola Portinaro, Milan, Italy
Abhay Khot, RCH, Melbourne
Chairman: Kerr Graham, RCH Melbourne 

Breakfast 2   
Transitioning youth with disabilities to adulthood: successful application of proven models for clinicians and care providers - Susan Labhard

Transition is a process that can be especially challenging for those with disabilities and the people that care about them.  Transition issues from finding adult providers to sexuality information (for youth with physical or developmental disabilities) will be illustrated and practical solutions discussed with audience.  Participants can expect to come away with positive approaches applicable to youth and to their practice settings.

Target Audience: Clinicians, therapists, care providers, educators of all disciplines and parents or caregivers

Skill Level:
Beginning to intermediate

Breakfast 3   
Active surveillance programs and cerebral palsy: parent and staff experiences within a community rehabilitation setting - Petra Karlsson

This interactive session will provide opportunities to explore the benefits and challenges of implementing active surveillance programs that encompass communication, nutrition, cognition and learning, family and child well-being, in addition to mobility, self-care and musculoskeletal assessments. 

Target Audience: 
Allied health clinicians, Family Support Workers and Managers working in community based rehabilitation settings

Skill Level:
All levels

Breakfast 4
Working with infants – Roslyn Boyd

Breakfast 5    
Connecting across the internet: enhancing computer access for all - Claire Davies

This course will provide clinicians with guidance about tried, tested and true options that are available to enhance across the MACS levels.  For example, MACS I students can benefit from larger screen icons, while those with lower function may benefit from modifying the size and speed of the mouse.

Target Audience:  This course is relevant to educators and clinicians involved in enabling computer access by youth with cerebral palsy and researchers who use computers for evaluation of interventional strategies

Skill Level: 

Breakfast 6    
Enhancing the quality of life of children with cerebral palsy in an under-resourced environment: experiences from physiotherapy in Zimbabwe - Tracey Smythe

This workshop will draw on experience in the treatment of children with Cerebral Palsy in Zimbabwe. It will discuss practical implications in the management of children with Cerebral Palsy in areas with little access to regular therapeutic and medical intervention. It will include a practical component. 

Target Audience: Allied Health

Skill Level: All levels

Thursday 13 March 2014  |  8.00 - 8.45am

Breakfast 7
Five year review of the consensus statement on hip surveillance for children with cerebral palsy: Australian standards of care - Meredith Wynter

This breakfast session will be presented by the national committee for the review of the Consensus Statement on Hip Surveillance for Children with CP: Australian Standards of Care and will include how hip surveillance is delivered and monitored in various Australian states.

Target Audience: Physiotherapists, Orthopaedic Surgeons, Rehabilitation Specialists and Paediatrians currently involved in the care of children with CP

Skill Level: 
Any level of experience with an interest in this topic will find this breakfast session suitable

Breakfast 8  
Working with parents  - Peter Anderson

This breakfast session will review research that has examined the frequency and severity of anxiety, depressive and post-traumatic symptoms for parents during the infant’s hospitalization period, as well as the period after discharge.

Breakfast 9
Secrets of sure-fire funding success with Cerebral Palsy research proposals -
James Blackman

Highly experienced faculty will share their insights into successful grantsmanship acquired over a career.  Participants in this workshop have had a high rate of success in obtaining grant funds.  Dr. Blackman will present highlights from this workshop: key pearls and dreaded pitfalls. 

Target Audience: All who work within the industry 

Skill Level: Any level of experience with an interest in this topic will find this breakfast session suitable

Breakfast 10
Powered mobility for young children with cerebral palsy and developmental delay. Consensus and points of difference amongst practitioners; what really matters? - Scott Langmead

There are specific best practice messages which need to be communicated to parents, clinicians and researchers regarding the use of powered mobility for young children. There are several gaps in research in the area of outcomes, device use and facilitating factors to intervention which will be identified by the author. 

Target Audience: This workshop targets clinicians but would be beneficial to parents or clients with an interest in this area

Skill Level:

Breakfast 11
Austswim mate - a collaborative approach for effective and safe aquatic physical activity - Meredith King

This breakfast will outline the instigation of the AUSTSWIM MATE project and examines the gap evident in aquatic therapeutic practice.  The presentation will include video footage and interviews with practitioners, research staff, carers and the end user to articulate the benefits of a collaborative approach to a community program. 

Target Audience: Open and appropriate for all to attend 

Skill Level:
 Any level is suitable

Breakfast 12
Centre of excellence for Cerebral Palsy - Dinah Reddihough

Friday 14 March 2014  |  8.00 - 8.45am

Breakfast 13
Developing confidence in interpreting results of research - Eve Blair

This session will be interactive, enabling participants to understand the underpinnings of statistics by appealing to their logic and sense of fair play.  Reinforcement of the implications for understanding clinical results will be achieved by small group discussion of published examples and sharing those discussions. 

Target Audience: Any person interested in reading or contributing to the clinical literature

Skill Level: 
Statistics are very often misused or misinterpreted even by people familiar with them, this workshop may be useful to anyone interested in interpreting the clinical literature

Breakfast 14
AFOS and shoes for children with cerebral palsy: prêt à porter or bespoke -
Jillian Rodda

This session will address how different centres around the world tune the AFOFC in clinical practice, the structure of the “tuning” clinics, and issues relating to research into this area were studied in a Churchill Fellowship in late 2012. 

Target Audience: Physiotherapists, Orthotists, Rehabilitation Physicians and Orthopaedic Surgeons 

Skill Level: Introductory

Breakfast 15
Relationships and sexuality: important issues to address in helping youth with physical or developmental disabilities to improve quality of life - Susan Labhard

To improve knowledge of the importance of relationships and sexuality for youth with disabilities, evidence-based and diagnosis-based teaching solutions will be provided in a variety of media. Participants will learn how to approach this subject with renewed confidence.  Relationships and Sexuality References and Resource list will be provided for future use.

Target Audience: Clinicians, therapists, care providers, educators of all disciplines and parents or caregivers

Skill Level: Beginning to Intermediate

Breakfast 16
Seating and positioning needs for children with Cerebral Palsy having non-operative and operative management to preserve hip integrity - Matthias Axt

This breakfast aims to raise awareness of appropriate seating and positioning as part of non-operative management and prior to and following surgical intervention. 

Target Audience:  Occupational Therapists, Physiotherapists, Doctors and Nurses

Skill Level: 
This breakfast is aimed at participants of any level

Breakfast 17
Fitness and activity in children with Cerebral Palsy – Olaf Verschuren

This breakfast session will summarize the evidence for what works and what doesn’t work for improving the physical activity of children and adolescents with CP. It also discusses what we know about sedentary behaviour of children and adolescents with CP, and what research directions are needed to build foundational knowledge in this area with this population.  


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