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Annual National Acquired Brain Injury Conference

Improving choice, quality and service delivery for the changing needs of people living with an ABI

24-25 October 2017 | Rendezvous Hotel, Melbourne

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overview

Informa Australia are pleased to announce the 5th Annual National Acquired Brain Injury Conference which will be held on the 24th & 25th of October 2017 at the Rendezvous Hotel, Melbourne. The event will address key strategies for managing the changing needs of people with an ABI, including innovative models of care and support across Australia.

This event provides an opportunity to share the latest news and developments for acquired brain injury in areas such as research, advocacy, rehabilitation, treatment, best practice, case studies and policy from across the country, and much more.

Attendees will benefit from hearing a wide range of perspectives including leading academics, consumers, carers and family members, peak bodies, senior clinicians and allied health professionals from both the public and private sector. They will offer best practice strategies and innovative ‘take home learnings’ to help improve quality and service delivery.

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agenda

9:00 am

OPENING | Opening remarks from the Chair

Nick Rushworth, Executive Officer, Brain Injury Australia

9:10 am

  • The internet helps connect people but a downside is losing money to sophisticated scammers
  • Anyone can be affected, but having a brain injury increases this risk
  • We will present our experience as well as current research and suggestions for treatment

9:50 am

Focused on building participation outcomes following ABI, this
presentation will:

  • Demonstrate approaches to use of allied health assistant and support coordination roles within the NDIS
  • Provide practical resources to assist with service model planning and implementation
  • Video-based consumer presentations to demonstrate application of capacity building approaches

10:30 am

Networking and refreshment break

11:00 am

This presentation will look at the decisions to date that have examined the NDIA’s interpretation of the legislation and the proposed plans for individuals with an aim of ascertaining whether there are broad principles that can be derived for the decisions and applied in other cases or whether the decisions are so fact dependant they are of little use as precedent.

11:40 am

  • Understanding behaviour from questionnaires with people with brain injury and family members/carers
  • The lived experience of behaviour change from in-depth interviews with people with the injury, family members/carers and clinicians
  • An overview of a trial of Positive Behaviour Supports for people with behaviour change after brain injury

12:20 pm

Lunch and networking break

1:20 pm

Alcohol and other drug-related brain injury

John Eyre, CEO, arbias

Michael Takagi, Neuropsychologist, arbias

2:00 pm

  • The consumer-carer perspective is often sought from few individuals
  • Many individuals who sustain a traumatic brain injury (TBI), will experience neurobehavioural difficulties. Pharmacological management is frequently inadequate. We are developing a clinical guideline to guide the pharmacological management of neurobehavioral symptoms in adult’s post-TBI
  • I n 2016, a half-day meeting was held with twelve (consumerscarers) to discuss their lived experience of TBI. The diversity of experiences raised helped inform the questions for the clinical guideline. Attendees described the meeting as therapeutic

2:40 pm

Networking and refreshment break

3:10 pm

  • 57 SWs shared their perception of their role in home and community rehabilitation
  • Factors impacting decision-making include the client, context, knowledge (theoretical/practical) and personal experience
  • Nurturing the untapped potential of SW capacity will be presented

3:50 pm

PANEL | Sexual expression and ABI

Narelle Higson, Occupational Therapist, Outside the Square OT Solutions

Sandra Lever, Clinical Nurse Consultant - Rehabilitation, Ryde Hospital & Sydney Sexuality Group

Dr Rene Stolwyk, Lecturer and Clinical Neuropsychologist, Monash University

4:40 pm

CLOSING | Closing remarks from the Chair

4:50 pm

NETWORKING FUNCTION | Networking Drinks

6:00 pm

A private screening of the multiple audience award winning States of Grace will be held after networking drinks on Tuesday in the conference room from 6:00pm – 8:00pm.

Dr. Grace Dammann was a prominent HIV/AIDS physician who was honored by the Dalai Lama for her extraordinary work during the height of the epidemic. In 2008, a routine commute across the Golden Gate Bridge turned tragic for Grace when another driver crashed head on into her car. Though she miraculously survived, she spent more than a year in rehabilitation hospitals. States of Grace follows her return home to the Buddhist community where she lives with her partner Nancy “Fu” Schroeder and their daughter Sabrina. With humor and candor, the film intimately captures their story as Grace struggles to discover new purpose in her radically altered life.

This screening will include a pre-recorded address from Dr. Grace Dammann.

9:00 am

OPENING | Opening remarks from the Chair

Nick Rushworth, Executive Officer, Brain Injury Australia

9:10 am

Advances in Acquired Brain Injury (ABI) Clinic – Concussion, Spasticity & Anosmia

Professor John Olver, Manager of the Epworth Rehabilitation Acquired Brain Injury Programme, Epworth Healthcare

9:50 am

  • A case study will be presented to demonstrate the complexity of recovery of brain injury for a serving member of the armed forces, the journey of recovery from injury and transition into civilian life.
  • Presentation of veteran’s injury and presenting problems
  • The rehabilitation and recovery journey
  • The struggles and the triumphs

10:30 am

Networking and refreshment break

11:00 am

  • This presentation will define sensory modulation for the audience and explain its evolutionary history.
  • SMI can be used as a novel behavioural intervention in ABI and can be an effective treatment when mental health interplay is involved.
  • The assessment process will be explained. Standardised Vs non-standardised assessments will be demonstrated and their appropriateness depending on the persons cognitive capacity.

11:40 am

Out of hospital at last - Now what? A pilot project to evaluate specialist brain injury transitional rehabilitation

Areti Kennedy, Service Manager, Acquired Brain Injury Transitional Rehabilitation Service

12:20 pm

Lunch and networking break

1:20 pm

  • The seemingly paradoxical notion of cooperative living for people with an ABI
  • Brief history of how and why HOPES came about
  • How can a cooperative living model work to increase the skills, independence and inclusiveness of people with an ABI?

2:00 pm

Accommodation services for Indigenous Australians with ABI

Thomas Jia, Manager - Community Living-CAIRNS Based, Synapse

Adam Schickerling, National Disability Reform Manager, Synapse

2:40 pm

Network and refreshment break

3:20 pm

  • Return to work post ABI is a complex intervention, requiring specific expertise and close working relationships between all parties
  • There is an under-representation of people with ABI in the DES system reflective of a degeneration of specialist skill base and multiple barriers to program entry.
  • I n NSW, a pilot program (“The VIP”) has partnered rehabilitation teams with employment service providers to provide an integrated model of service delivery to 75 individuals with positive results

4:00 pm

Panel | Return to Work

Professor Jacinta Douglas, Research Chair (Living Well with Brain Injury), Summer Foundation

Philippa McRae, Project Manager, The Agency for Clinical Innovation (NSW Health)

Jason Lardelli, Senior Manager, Return to Work, Transport Accident Commission

4:40 pm

CLOSING | Closing remarks from the Chair

pricing

Packages Price
Package(Two Days)$1695+GSTEarly Bird
Packages Price
Package(Two Days)$100+GSTEarly Bird
  • Concession Rate is for person with disability, their family and carers.
  • Book 3 delegates and receive the 4th delegate pass at no cost. To take advantage of this offer, call us today on 02 9080 4307 or email info@informa.com.au.
    Note: All delegates must be from the same company and register at the same time to qualify.

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speakers

Nick Rushworth

Executive Officer, Brain Injury Australia

Colin Brokenshire

Consumer

Dr Kate Gould

Clinical Neuropsychologist, Thinkfully

Sue Sloan

Director & Principal Neuropsychologist & Occupational Therapist, Osborn Sloan & Associates

Jan Mackey

Director & Principal Speech Pathologist, Applied Communication Skills

Libby Callaway

Director & Principal Occupational Therapist, Neuroskills Pty Ltd

Janine McIlwraith

Principal Lawyer, Slater and Gordon Lawyers

Jessica Rosla

Associate, Slater & Gordon

Amelia Hicks

Research Fellow, Monash Epworth Rehabilitation Research Centre

John Eyre

CEO, arbias

Michael Takagi

Neuropsychologist, arbias

Dr Fiona Clay

Research Project Manager, University of Melbourne

Dr Belinda Shepherd

Occupational Therapist, Cognoscere Therapy Pty Ltd

Judith Courts

Registered Nurse , Judith Courts Consulting

Narelle Higson

Occupational Therapist, Outside the Square OT Solutions

Sandra Lever

Clinical Nurse Consultant - Rehabilitation, Ryde Hospital & Sydney Sexuality Group

Dr Rene Stolwyk

Lecturer and Clinical Neuropsychologist, Monash University

Shelley Pannier

Client Services Manager, Guide Dogs Victoria

Aaron Horsington

Team Leader - Guide Dog Mobility Instructor, Guide Dogs Victoria

Ross de Vent

Independent Guide Dog Traveller

Professor John Olver

Manager of the Epworth Rehabilitation Acquired Brain Injury Programme, Epworth Healthcare

Brooke Kooymans

Director/Social Worker, Rehability Australia

Anahita (Ana) Brown

Occupational Therapist - Community Brain Disorders Assessment and Treatment Service (CBDATS), Austin Health

Areti Kennedy

Service Manager, Acquired Brain Injury Transitional Rehabilitation Service

Chris Oriel

Coordinator, HOPEs

Thomas Jia

Manager - Community Living-CAIRNS Based, Synapse

Adam Schickerling

National Disability Reform Manager, Synapse

Philippa McRae

Project Manager, The Agency for Clinical Innovation (NSW Health)

Professor Jacinta Douglas

Research Chair (Living Well with Brain Injury), Summer Foundation

Jason Lardelli

Senior Manager, Return to Work, Transport Accident Commission

when & where

24 - 25 Oct 2017

Rendezvous Grand Hotel
328 Flinders Street
Melbourne, VIC 3000
03 9250 1888
www.rendezvoushotels.com.au

Book Accommodation with Lido Group
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Lisa Hedlund
Conference Producer
+61 (02) 9080 4058
lisa.hedlund@informa.com.au

Samantha Lister
Sponsorship & Exhibition Manager
+61 2 9080 4432
samantha.lister@informa.com.au

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