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PRE-CONFERENCE WORKSHOP – CONCUSSION/ “MILD” TRAUMATIC BRAIN INJURY;
 A PRACTICAL WORKSHOP ON OPTIMISING MULTIMODAL ASSESSMENTS

Concussions – a “mild” Traumatic Brain Injury – have become an urgent public health concern; particularly for the injured who do not make a complete recovery within expected timeframes, and for the potential cumulative impacts of multiple concussions. An estimated 180,000 “mild” Traumatic Brain Injuries occur in Australia each year. While the majority will result in a complete, and uneventful, recovery within expected timeframes, as many as 1 in every 5 will be accompanied by ongoing physical, cognitive and behavioural changes lasting months, sometimes years. Concussion can also be difficult to diagnose, and the management of symptoms that persist remains challenging.

This Workshop will provide guidance on evidence-based best practice for the diagnosis, ongoing assessment and management of concussion/ “mild” Traumatic Brain Injury, with a focus on the vestibular and oculomotor symptoms frequently associated with prolonged recovery and worse outcomes from concussion – such as dizziness, blurred or double vision, difficulties with balance and coordination etc.

The key learning outcomes of the Workshop will include:

  • the diagnosis, assessment and management of concussion;
  • recognition of the emerging role of vestibular-ocular assessments for optimal concussion management;
  • explanation of the role of vestibular impairments in contributing to acute and persistent symptoms following concussion and their impact on health and quality of life;
  • an outline the types of vestibular impairments that occur after concussion and understand how they are each assessed in practice;
  • recognition of the types of visual and oculomotor impairments that occur after concussion and understand how they are assessed in practice;
  • practice and demonstration of the key clinical screening and assessment tests for vestibular-ocular function;
  • observation and interaction with new technologies that provide additional objective measures of vestibular, ocular and balance functions;
  • how these assessments and new technologies enhance clinical care through monitoring recovery, informing specific early interventions, and assisting with early appropriate multidisciplinary referrals; and
  • discussion of the challenges to the future for clinical service delivery models and prioritise key areas needed for research.

PRESENTERS:

Professor Jon Patricios has been a sports medicine physician for 28 years. He is currently Director of Waterfall Sports Orthopaedic Surgery in Johannesburg, South Africa and Professor in the Faculty of Health Sciences at the University of the Witwatersrand where he leads the Wits Sport and Health Research Group. He is founder and Director of Sports Concussion

South Africa, a sports concussion consultant to World Rugby, a board member of the international Concussion in Sports Group, co-chair of the scientific committee for the International Consensus Conference on Concussion in Sport, was a member of the independent concussion advisory panel for the Fédération Internationale de Football Association’s (FIFA) 2022 World Cup and in 2023 joined the Union of European Football Associations’ (UEFA) Head Injury Advisory Committee. He is an editor of the British Journal of Sports Medicine and served two terms as President of the South African Sports Medicine Association.

Dr. James McLoughlin is the Director of Advanced Neuro Rehab and an experienced Neurological Physiotherapist with degrees in both Physiotherapy (UniSA) and Clinical Neuroscience (University College London). James has also completed a PhD in balance and gait at The University of New South Wales. James has gained extensive clinical experience in both neurological and vestibular rehabilitation including as Clinical Specialist in Neurology at St Georges Hospital, London in 2003-2005 and as Senior Physiotherapist at the MS Society of SA. He has conducted over 30 professional development courses since 2009 and has been an invited speaker at 16 different local, national and international clinical and research conferences. He is also an Associate Professor at Flinders University and leads the national program for the Neurological Physiotherapy Masters Degree, the only one of its kind in Australia.

Tania Straga is principal orthoptist at Adelaide Eye Therapy, and has more than 20 years’  experience in paediatric and adult eye care, with a special interest in strabismus, eye movement, eye co-ordination disorders, and concussion-related eye problems.  She has worked in private practice in Adelaide since 2003 and at various public appointments including The Women’s and Children’s Hospital, Flinders Medical Centre, Modbury Hospital, The Royal Adelaide Hospital, The Royal Children’s Hospital Melbourne, and the Broken Hill Base Hospital. She graduated with a Bachelor of Orthoptic and Ophthalmic Sciences from La Trobe University, Victoria in 2003. She is an active member of Orthoptics Australia since 2003 and has been registered with the Australian Orthoptic Board including a Certificate of Currency since then. She has publications in several peer-reviewed journals, mainly in the area of genetic eye conditions.

Liz Jemson-Ledger is a neurological physiotherapist with both a Bachelor of Physiotherapy and a Masters of Neurological Physiotherapy. After working in an acute brain injury unit, her passion for a multimodal approach to brain injury rehab and vestibular conditions quickly grew into a specialised focus on rehabilitation from concussion. She has worked in the development and implementation of baseline concussion testing protocols with elite sporting clubs, conducted research around neck function and fatigability in concussion and has recently developed and launched a 12-hour concussion online learning resource for health care professionals.

Nicole Eglinton is CEO and Principal Audiologist at All Ears & Speech and Little Allied Health. She holds a Master’s Degree in Audiology from Flinders University and a Bachelor of Science in Psychology. Her experience includes complex audiological presentations for children and adults, implantable hearing technology, neonatal diagnostics, and auditory processing assessment and management. Nicole is eager to share insights on advancing audiology supports for children and adults following Acquired Brain Injury, including concussions.

Lauren Iasenzaniro, the Clinical Manager Audiology at All Ears & Speech and Little Allied Health, has a particular interest in brain injury, sparked by her father’s stroke and subsequent Acquired Brain Injury five years ago. Her first-hand experience drives her commitment to supporting those with communication difficulties. With a Master’s degree in Audiology from Flinders University and a Bachelor of Medical Radiations (Nuclear Medicine), Lauren’s career has focused on paediatric audiology and complex adult presentation. She excels in auditory processing assessment and management and the interpretation of audiological data.

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