Brain Injury Australia invites people with a brain injury, their family members, researchers, clinicians, allied health professionals, service providers and policymakers to submit presentation proposals for Brain Injury Australia’s 8th National Brain Injury Conference – to be held from July 20th to 22nd 2021 in The Holme Building on the Camperdown campus of the University of Sydney, sponsored by the University and in partnership with the University’s Brain and Mind Centre. 

Founded in 1986, Brain Injury Australia is the nation’s peak advocacy organisation representing the over 700,000 Australians living with a brain injury. Brain Injury Australia’s annual Conference has become one of the premier learning and development events on the disability calendar – driving improvements in services and supports for people living with a brain injury, their families and carers. 

For the first time, the 8th National Brain Injury Conference will include concurrent sessions. So, please feel free to submit multiple presentation proposals.

Also for the first time, the Conference will include three Pre-Conference Workshops – to be held on Tuesday 20th July – on: Positive Behaviour Support following brain injury (to be delivered by Dr. Tim Feeney, Chief Knowledge Officer at Belvedere Health Services in New York State); domestic and family violence and brain injury (by Dr. Julianna Nemeth, Assistant Professor of Public Health at The Ohio State University and the Director of Research at the Ohio Domestic Violence Network’s Center on Partner-Inflicted Brain Injury); and concussion/ “mild” Traumatic Brain Injury (by Professor Gary Browne, Director of the Kids Concussion Service at the Children’s Hospital Institute of Sports Medicine in Westmead, Sydney).

As with all previous Conferences, Brain Injury Australia’s 8th National Brain Injury Conference will put the voice of people with lived experience of brain injury at the centre of the Conference program, including the annual “Consumer Opening Address”. Presentation proposals by people with a brain injury are especially welcome. 

Share your knowledge with a large national and international audience. Connect with people with lived experience of brain injury as well as colleagues from the healthcare and disability sectors, research and government. Network with potential collaborators, and funders. Gain recognition as an expert in your chosen field. 

The Conference organisers would especially welcome proposals in the following subject areas: 

  • the lived experience of brain injury – consumers, significant others, family members;
  • innovations in evidence-based approaches to the treatment, rehabilitation and overall care of people with a brain injury;
  • the National Disability Insurance Scheme;
  • “mild” Traumatic Brain Injury/ post-concussion syndrome;
  • peer supports, mentoring of people with a brain injury;
  • brain injury in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander and culturally and linguistically diverse (CALD) communities;
  • acute care of Traumatic Brain Injury;
  • management of “challenging behaviours”;
  • domestic and family violence and brain injury/ inflicted Traumatic Brain Injury in children;
  • alcohol and other drug-related brain injury;
  • violence, abuse, neglect and exploitation of people with a brain injury;
  • brain injury in the military;
  • brain injury and employment;
  • Traumatic Brain Injury in older Australians; and
  • the prevention of brain injury. 

The Conference will have varied presentations including panel discussions and single speaker sessions. Your proposal can be: an oral presentation; a “snapshot” (a 10-15 minute overview of a underacknowledged topic, or a research finding, in brain injury); the “Consumer Opening Address” to the Conference (by someone with lived experience of brain injury); or a topic for a panel discussion. 

Each proposal will be assessed by the Conference’s Organising Committee, comprising representatives from Brain Injury Australia. 

The Call for Papers for Brain Injury Australia’s 8th National Brain Injury Conference will close at 5 p.m. on Friday 26th February 2021. 

Successful presenters will be notified before 5 p.m. on Monday 8th March 2021.

(Presenters whose proposals have been accepted by the Organising Committee will not be required to pay Conference registration.)

To give you an idea of the Conference format, you can view the program for Brain Injury Australia’s 7th National Brain Injury Conference, held in partnership with the Melbourne Disability Institute at The University of Melbourne in October 2019, here. For any enquiries regarding presentation submissions or the Conference program, please email: [email protected] 

For all general enquiries about the Conference, please contact: [email protected]

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