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Conference Program – Day One

Monday 28th October 2019

 

Time Subject Speaker  
9.00am – 9.05am Introduction & Housekeeping 
Nick Rushworth, Executive Officer Brain Injury Australia – Conference Chair
9.05am-9.10am Welcome to Country Uncle Bill Nicholson Jnr Uncle Bill Nicholson – Wurundjeri
Woi-wurrung Elder
9.10am – 9.50am Consumer Opening Address
Life is Short
Kate Channer
9.50am – 11.00am Transport Accident Commission International Keynote Address – Introduction

Liz Cairns, Head of Independence, Transport Accident Commission 
  Transport Accident Commission International Keynote Address – Lessons Learned from a Career in Brain Injury Rehabilitation Professor John Corrigan, Ohio Valley Center for Brain Injury Prevention and Rehabilitation, Editor-in-Chief Journal of Head Trauma Rehabilitation
11.00am – 11.30am Morning Tea
11.30am – 12.30pm KEYNOTE ADDRESS – Cognitive rehabilitation after brain injury – how good is the evidence?
Professor Jennie Ponsford AO, Monash University
12.30pm – 1.30pm Lunch
1.30pm – 2.30pm Brain Injury in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Communities
  Improving rehabilitation services for Aboriginal Australians in Western Australia after brain injury
Professor Beth Armstrong, Edith Cowan University
 
Professor Juli Coffin, Telethon Kids Institute
  The dilemmas in providing best practice care for Aboriginal people who have sustained a Traumatic Brain Injury in the Northern Territory
Dr. Howard Flavell, Northern Territory
2.30pm – 3.30pm Helmets – A Crash Course
  Helmet effectiveness in reducing Traumatic Brain Injury: overview of the latest Australian research outcomes
Dr. Raphael Grzebieta, Professor Emeritus
Transport and Road Safety Research Centre, UNSW Sydney 

 
Professor Jake Olivier, Transport and Road Safety Research Centre at UNSW Sydney
  Headgear and injury prevention in collision sports: results from a systematic review Jennifer Makovec Knight, Sports Concussion Research Group, Monash University
3.30pm – 4.00pm Afternoon Tea
4.00pm – 4.20pm KEYNOTE ADDRESS – The Mission for Traumatic Brain Injury
Professor Melinda Fitzgerald, Curtin University
4.20pm – 5.20pm PANEL DISCUSSION – Neurotrauma Research: Working where head injury ends and brain injury begins
   
Facilitator – Professor Roger Chung, Macquarie University, Chairperson Brain Injury Australia

Professor Melinda Fitzgerald, Curtin University
  The use of erythropoietin (EPO) after severe multi-trauma
Professor Alistair Nichol, University College Dublin, Australian and New Zealand Intensive Care Research Centre, Monash University
  Brain tissue oxygen monitoring in Traumatic Brain Injury: An emerging neuromonitoring technique
Professor Andrew Udy, Australian and New Zealand Intensive Care Research Centre, Monash University
  Medical support for far-forward military operations: current gaps and challenges in treating haemorrhagic shock and Traumatic Brain Injury, and potential applications for civilian trauma
Professor Geoffrey Dobson, Trauma and Sepsis Research Laboratory, James Cook University
  Adenosine, lidocaine and magnesium fluid therapy reduces secondary injury following Traumatic Brain Injury
Dr. Hayley Letson, Heart, Trauma and Sepsis Research Laboratory, James Cook University
5.20pm Close of Conference Day One

5:30 AUSTRALIAN PREMIERE – DOCUMENTARY, “GOING THE DISTANCE: JOURNEYS OF RECOVERY”

The 7th National Brain Injury Conference is honoured to host the Australian premiere of the award-winning documentary “Going the Distance: Journeys of Recovery” – the stories of four survivors of severe traumatic brain injury (TBI). It features US Marines Corporal Jason Poole, pictured, who sustained catastrophic head injuries from a roadside bomb while serving in Iraq. The documentary was awarded “Most Inspirational Film” at the 2017 Oregon Documentary Film Festival.

Brain Injury Australia is also delighted that the documentary’s three-time Emmy Award-winning filmmaker, David L. Brown, pictured – who’s written and directed over 80 productions and 16 broadcast documentaries on social, nuclear, health, technology, peace and environmental issues – will be attending the Conference to introduce the film. He will also screen an update on the lives of documentary’s four stars. It “will include the high points of their lives,” Brown says, “during the nine years since they were filmed – getting married and having kids, for example. It’s been a thrill to follow their recoveries.” Find out more about “Going the Distance: Journeys of Recovery” and David L. Brown, here www.goingthedistance.info


Emmy Award-winning filmmaker,
David L. Brown

Conference Program – Day Two

Tuesday 29th October 2019

 

Time Subject Speaker  
8.30am-9.15am Introduction
Nick Rushworth, Executive Officer Brain Injury Australia – Conference Chair
KEYNOTE ADDRESS – Violence following traumatic brain injury: what do we know?

Professor Peter Schofield, University of Newcastle
9.15am-10.30am PANEL DISCUSSION – Neurobehaviour: saying, doing the first thing that comes into your head. Then not.
   
Facilitator – Professor Peter Schofield, University of Newcastle
    Professor John Corrigan, Ohio Valley Center for Brain Injury Prevention and Rehabilitation, Editor-in-Chief Journal of Head Trauma Rehabilitation
  Developing a guideline for the pharmacological management of neurobehavioural symptoms following Traumatic Brain Injury
Professor Malcolm Hopwood, Ramsay Health Care Professor of Psychiatry at the University of Melbourne
Reducing impulsive behaviour in repeat-violent offenders (ReINVEST): a double-blind, placebo-controlled clinical trial using sertraline

Professor Tony Butler, Kirby Institute, UNSW Sydney
‘Challenging behaviour’ – from a partner’s perspective   Jodie Brown
Addressing ‘challenging behaviours’ after Acquired Brain Injury in the community: an overview of the evidence and current research on Positive Behaviour Support Dr. Kate Gould, Monash-Epworth Rehabilitation Research Centre
Overcoming the debilitating effect of ‘challenging behaviour’ following brain injury
Mathew Ward
Positive Behaviour Support for people with Acquired Brain Injury in the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS)
Sue Sloan
10.30am – 11.00am Morning Tea
11.00am – 11.45am Inflicted Traumatic Brain Injury (“Shaken Baby Syndrome”)
   
Madeline Homewood
‘Babies break if you shake them’: inflicted head trauma from a forensic paediatrician’s perspective
Dr. Jo Tully, Deputy Director Victorian Forensic Paediatric Medical Service
11.45am – 1.00pm PANEL DISCUSSION – Concussion/ ‘Mild’ Traumatic Brain Injury
    Facilitator: Natalie Foley, Parent
    Professor John Corrigan, Ohio Valley Center for Brain Injury Prevention and Rehabilitation, Editor-in-Chief Journal of Head Trauma Rehabilitation
  A sports career derailed
Ethan Cheesewright, 17 year-old ex-Australian Rules footballer
  Concussion recovery in a paediatric population: HeadCheck; Concussion Essentials; and biomarkers (or not) of prolonged symptoms
Professor Vicki Anderson, Murdoch Children’s Research Institute Melbourne
  Concussion in children: the perils and pitfalls of concussion education for children; and return to activity prescription, when is it the right time?
Professor Gary Browne, University of Sydney
  Chronic Traumatic Encephalopathy (CTE) in Australia: the Australian Sports Brain Bank experience
Associate Professor Michael Buckland, University of Sydney
1.00pm – 2.00pm Lunch
2.00pm – 2.45pm KEYNOTE ADDRESS – When Love Hurts: Exploring the Intersection of Intimate Partner Violence and Traumatic Brain
Injury


Karen Mason, Co-founder of Supporting Survivors of Abuse and Brain Injury through Research (SOAR), former Executive Director of Kelowna Women’s Shelter, Canada


Professor Paul van Donkelaar, University of British Columbia Canada

2.45pm – 3.30pm The view from ‘the bench’ – perspectives on people with a brain injury and the judicial system
   


The Honorable Judge Eugene M. Hyman, Superior Court of California County of Santa Clara


Magistrate Pauline Spencer, Victoria

Associate Professor Molly Townes O’Brien, Australian National University College of Law, Canberra

3.30pm – 4.00pm Afternoon Tea
4.00pm – 4.30pm KEYNOTE ADDRESS – Disability, data and employment
Professor Bruce Bonyhady AM, Melbourne Disability Institute University of Melbourne
4.30pm – 5.30pm PANEL DISCUSSION – Employment for people with an Acquired Brain Injury
   
Sammy Daly, Customer Service Manager
  Professor Bruce Bonyhady AM, Melbourne Disability Institute University of Melbourne
Disability Employment Services, the NDIS Employment Taskforce and people with Acquired Brain Injury
David Best, Senior Policy Officer Disability Employment Australia
‘Employment CoLab’ – Co-design and pilot of an open employment pathway with people with an Acquired Brain Injury


 

Dr. Em BouldMonash University


Ms Libby Callaway, Monash University

5.30pm Close of Conference

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