Dr James Rice (2016-2018)
James is a Paediatrician and Rehabilitation Physician with 25 years’ clinical experience. James trained in Paediatrics in leading tertiary children’s hospitals in Adelaide, Melbourne and Sydney, with additional international training in Paediatric Rehabilitation in Canada. Early in his consultant career he established the first formal aspects of the Victorian Paediatric Rehabilitation Service in Melbourne with inpatient and ambulatory programs, thus advancing the identity of Paediatric Rehabilitation in that state. Following a return to his home state of South Australia, James was involved in the expansion of Paediatric Rehabilitation Services in South Australia and the Northern Territory.
James is currently Deputy Director, Medical Services, Women’s and Children’s Health Network, and part of the Network leadership team, in combination with his busy clinical role as Head of Paediatric Rehabilitation. In addition to being immediate Past President of the Australasian Academy of Cerebral Palsy and Developmental Medicine, James is a founding Executive member and Treasurer of the International Alliance of Academies of Child Disability (IAACD).
Part of James’ work in the role of AusACPDM President has been to increase the reach of AusACPDM to the wider Asia-Pacific region, to connect with an audience of clinicians and researchers in the fields of Cerebral Palsy and other childhood-onset disabilities. James teaches on a regular basis in neighbouring countries, including Sri Lanka, Malaysia and Singapore.
As an Associate Lecturer at Flinders University, James has combined clinical and research interests to focus on the assessment and treatment of complex movement disorders in children in particular with cerebral palsy, and has published in this area, with a special interest in dystonia in cerebral palsy. He oversees the medical training of registrars and advanced trainees within his Department, this ensuring the next generation of Doctors are well equipped to improve the lives and abilities of children and young people with disabilities.
James lives in Adelaide with his wife and teenage sons, and when not trying to juggle too many commitments at one time in work, can be found chasing after his own wayward golden retriever and/or children around the city!