7th Biennial Conference

Breakthrough to Excellence

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

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Keynote Speakers


International Keynote Speaker

Ian Brown

Mr Ian Brown

Ian Brown is an acclaimed roving feature writer for the Globe and Mail and the host of TVOntario’s documentary television series, Human Edge and The View From Here.  His first book, FreeWheeling, won Canada’s National Business Book Award; his second, Man Overboard, and a recent anthology of which he was editor, What I Meant to Say:  The Private Lives of Men, both made the best-seller list. 

His most recent book, The Boy in the Moon:  A Father’s Search for his Disabled Son, was chosen by the New York Times Book Review as one of the ten best books of 2011.  Brown lives with his family in Toronto, where he reads, skis and paints as much as he can. 

Andrew Gordon

Professor Andrew Gordon

Andrew Gordon is a Professor of Movement Science at Teachers College, Columbia University. For more than 20 years his work has focused on both the theory and application for designing and testing interventions to improve the movement capacity of children with cerebral palsy.

He has more than 100 peer-reviewed papers and over 25 chapters and commentaries. His work has been recognized by receipt of the Gayle Arnold Award for best paper by the American Academy of Cerebral Palsy and Developmental Medicine, and he was recently inducted as an elected fellow to the National Academy of Kinesiology.

He is on the Editorial Board of Developmental Medicine and Child Neurology and the Journal of Motor Behavior. 

Unni Narayanan

Professor Unni Narayanan

Unni Narayanan is a pediatric orthopaedic surgeon and clinical epidemiologist at the Hospital for Sick Children and the Holland Bloorview Kids Rehabilitation Hospital in Toronto.  He is an Associate Professor in the Department of Surgery at the University of Toronto and Senior Scientist in the Bloorview Research Institute.

Dr. Narayanan’s research has focused on understanding patient priorities, to inform the development of meaningful outcome measures and using these in clinical trials of interventions for musculoskeletal disorders in children, particularly cerebral palsy the primary focus of his clinical practice.  His research is funded by the Canadian Institutes of Health Research and has been recognized with the Mac Keith Press Award from the AACPDM, the Angela Kuo and Arthur Heune Research Awards from the Pediatric Orthopaedic Society of North America (POSNA), and the John Whittaker Cerebral Palsy Award in Ontario.

Dr. Narayanan has served on the Boards of POSNA, the AACPDM, and the Royal College of Surgeons of Canada.

In 2006 he chaired the 60th Annual meeting of the AACPDM. He is director of the pediatric orthopaedic resident program for the University of Toronto and devotes significant time teaching residents, fellows and medical students, for which he has received numerous awards.



National Keynote Speaker

Euan Wallace

Professor Euan Wallace

Professor Wallace is the Head of Department and Carl Wood Professor of Obstetrics and Gynaecology at Monash University, the Director of The Ritchie Centre, one of Australia’s leading perinatal research centres, and Director of Obstetric Services at Monash Health, Victoria’s largest health service.

Professor Wallace completed his medical and research training at the University of Edinburgh in Scotland. He moved to Monash University in 1996 to establish a research group in maternal-fetal medicine. His clinical interests are in high-risk pregnancies, including recurrent miscarriage, multiple pregnancy, preeclampsia and fetal growth restriction.

At The Ritchie Centre, Professor Wallace leads his own translational research group addressing maternal and fetal health with a focus on preeclampsia, fetal growth restriction, and neuroprotection. In particular, his group has current research programs in antenatal neuroprotection in fetal growth restriction and in utero infection, in novel therapies for preeclampsia, and in the application of placental stem cells to diseases of preterm infants.

As a clinician scientist, Professor Wallace’s research is translational by design. In 2012 he commenced a world first clinical trial of melatonin in pregnant women to reduce risks of cerebral palsy in growth restricted babies – effectively treating the baby and preventing brain injury before it is born.



National Invited Speaker

Peter Anderson

Associate Professor Peter Anderson

Associate Professor Peter Anderson is a psychologist and Principal Research Fellow at the Murdoch Children's Research Institute and University of Melbourne.

He is Director of the Victorian Infant Brain Studies (VIBeS) team and Co-Director of the Australian Centre for Child Neuropsychological Studies (AC-CNS), which is the leading centre for paediatric neuropsychological research in Australia. Dr Anderson is interested in the cognitive development of children with medical conditions impacting the brain, and has conducted research in type 1 diabetes, bacterial meningitis, hydrocephalus, and phenylketonuria (PKU).

For the past 10 years he has focussed on understanding the mechanisms underlying cognitive and learning problems in children born very preterm. He is involved in observational outcome studies, longitudinal neuroimaging studies, and numerous randomised controlled trials assessing the long-term benefits and consequences of a range of obstetric, perinatal, and developmental interventions.

Dr Anderson has published over 120 journal articles and book chapters, and has been awarded competitive research grants worth $10 million. At the AusACPDM meeting he will be presenting research investigating the effect of having a critically ill infant on parental mental health, and discussing interventions that focus on improving both child and parent outcomes.

Roslyn Boyd

Professor Roslyn Boyd

Roslyn Boyd is the Professor of Cerebral Palsy & Rehabilitation Research in the School of Medicine, and Scientific Director of the Queensland Cerebral Palsy and Rehabilitation Research Centre, at The University of Queensland.

She has primary training in Physiotherapy with post graduate training in Biomechanics (Pgrad) and Neuroscience (PhD). A major focus of her research has been determining the efficacy of novel interventions in randomised clinical trials for children with Cerebral Palsy (novel upper limb rehabilitation, Botulinum toxin A and more recently web based multi-modal training) and for infants at risk of early brain injury (Early intervention, Action-observation training, Postive Parenting).

She has been honoured for her research with a Premier’s Commendation (Victoria), Smart State Fellowship (Qld) and the Gayle Arnold Award at the American Academy of Cerebral Palsy and Developmental Medicine (2010, 2011). Dr Boyd has been on the scientific board of the 3rd International Cerebral Palsy conference (2009), 4th (Italy 2012) and forthcoming 5th ICP (June 2016, Sweden).


Kerr Graham

Professor Kerr Graham

Kerr Graham is the Professor of Orthopaedic Surgery (University of Melbourne)  and Director of the Hugh Williamson Gait Laboratory (Royal Children's Hospital in Melbourne). His interests include clinical gait analysis and orthopaedic management of children with Cerebral Palsy.

He co-developed classifications of gait patterns in Cerebral Palsy with Jill Rodda; The Functional Mobility Scale with Adrienne Harvey; and the Gait Profile Score with Richard Baker and the Hugh Williamson Gait Lab team. He has an interest in clinical trials and has worked closely with Pam Thomason in the first RCT of SEMLS.

He is currently delighted to be working with colleagues in the NHMRC Cerebral Palsy Centre for Research Excellence led by Dinah Reddihough; and in the introduction of EOS 3D imaging to the assessment of children with Cerebral Palsy working with Morgan Sangeux


Natasha Lannin

Associate Professor Natasha Lannin

A/Professor Natasha Lannin is an experienced and internationally recognised neurological occupational therapist and rehabilitation researcher, working in a clinical conjoint position with Alfred Health and La Trobe University, and holding an honorary clinical appointment at Royal Rehabilitation Centre Sydney.

A/Professor Lannin holds a PhD from the University of Western Sydney, and is a collaborator of The George Institute for International Health and the National Stroke Research Institute.

Natasha has spent her clinical career working with both children and adults with brain impairments, being interested in the best way to maximise upper limb function.

A/Professor Lannin is a sought after international speaker at conferences and Master Trainer in Electrical Stimulation in Australia, integrating her knowledge of electrical stimulation and upper limb rehabilitation.


Anita  Mudge

Anita Mudge

Anita Mudge has worked in paediatric physiotherapy at Sydney Children’s Hospital for 14 years in the areas of Cerebral Palsy and brain injury rehabilitation.

She currently works as a senior physiotherapist in the Paediatric Gait Analysis Service of NSW, and works between the Children’s Hospital at Westmead and Sydney Children’s Hospital.

Anita has completed a Master of Health Science in Paediatric Physiotherapy and in 2007 was granted a Douglas and Lola Douglas Scholarship, which allowed her to undertake a study tour visiting leading FES centres in the USA and UK. Her experience with FES has been primarily with children with cerebral palsy. 



International Invited Speaker

Olaf Verschuren

Assistant Professor Olaf Verschuren

Olaf Verschuren, PT, PhD is an Assistant Professor at the Center of Excellence for Rehabilitation Medicine, University Medical Center Utrecht and Rehabilitation Center De Hoogstraat, and the supervisor of a number of PhD-students and MSc-students.

He focuses his research on pediatric rehabilitation, specifically on development of functional activities of children with cerebral palsy. Most of his research focuses on the development of fitness measures for aerobic and anaerobic capacity and an exercise fitness program for children and adolescents children with CP who are able to walk independently and who self-propel a wheelchair.

He has experience in implementing these fitness measures and exercise program in 18 rehabilitation centers/schools for special education in The Netherlands, Canada and Australia.

Other research interests are: explore facilitators and barriers to participation in physical activity and sport, evidence based practice and health promotion.


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