Breakfast Sessions

AusACPDM 2020 offers a great selection of concurrent breakfast sessions each morning.

Please note that there is an additional cost to attend concurrent breakfast sessions.

The cost is $35.00 per breakfast session and you must register your attendance via the online registration form. 

Breakfast sessions will run concurrently on:

Thursday 12 March 2020 | 0730 – 0830

Breakfast 1: Prevention or Salvage? A Clinical Model for the Early Management of Upper Limb Impairment in Children with Cerebral Palsy
Brian Hoare, Barry Rawicki, Sabine Hennel, Danni Centorame


  • To interpret the latest evidence for the use of Botulinum toxin-A in the management of upper limb impairment in children with cerebral palsy (CP).
  • To review 20 years of retrospective data from a clinical Botulinum toxin-A program in children under 2 years of age with CP.
  • To describe and discuss a preventative model for the management of upper limb impairment in children under 2 years of age with CP.

Breakfast 2: International CP Registers: Exploring Rates, Causes and Opportunities for Prevention
Sarah McIntyre, Kate Himmelmann, Gulum Khandaker, Alexandra Sorhage


  • Learn about temporal trends of CP in Europe and Australia (1950s-2000s)
  • Understand how CP register data can better inform practice and identify inequality – NZ experiences
  • Receive an update on CP prevalence and risk factors in Low and Middle Income Countries (LMIC) and opportunities for prevention

Breakfast 3: Supporting Parents of Infants Identified as at Risk of Cerebral Palsy Through Parenting and Mindfulness-based Approaches
Catherine Mak, Koa Whittingham, Roslyn Boyd


  • To understand the current need to support parents of children with disability.
  • To understand how parenting impacts on child development.
  • To recognise possible challenges clinicians may experience in supporting parents.
  • To recognise and take opportunities to support parents and the connection between parents and children in a manner that promotes parental resilience.
  • To understand how Mindfulness-based practices and Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) may be beneficial to parents and how simple ACT strategies can be adopted by all clinicians.

Breakfast 4: Brain Differences in Children with Developmental Coordination Disorder and How Therapy Changes the Brain
Jill Zwicker


  • Become aware of structural and functional brain differences in children with DCD compared to typically developing children
  • Understand the brain changes associated with CO-OP intervention in children with DCD
  • Appreciate the gains in motor goals, movement quality, and motor skills following CO-OP intervention.

Breakfast 5: Evidence Based Assessment Practices for Children with Cerebral Palsy: Are we getting it right?
Christine Imms, Bridget O’Connor, Nora Shields, Janine Stanley


  • Consider their own assessment practices and/or experiences in relation to the evidence about routine assessment for children with cerebral palsy;
  • Critically reflect on their personal and organisational assessment practices or experiences through the lens of the Cultural Cone for Evidence-based Assessment framework;
  • Explore bringing together family-centred and evidence-based practice principles through the Steering Wheel for Collaborative Assessment in practice.

Breakfast 6: The Functional Communication Classification System (FCCS) – Development, Psychometric Testing and Clinical Application
Katy Caynes


  • To provide AusACPDM delegates with an overview of the Functional Communication Classification System (FCCS) recently presented at the 2019 EACD Conference including:
  • Development and theoretical underpinnings of the FCCS for children with cerebral palsy (CP) aged 2 to 18 years.
  • Published psychometrics and clinical applications of the FCCS.
  • Validity and reliability data and relationships between functional communication (FCCS), motor function and associated impairments in CP.
  • Practice applying FCCS ratings for children aged 2 to 18 years


Friday 13 March 2020 | 0730 – 0830

Breakfast 7: Being Visionary, a Masterclass in Vision Assessment
Alison Salt


  • To understand the importance of vision assessment in children with disability including visual impairment
  • To understand the full repertoire of vision assessment approaches in children
  • To feel confident to undertake a clinical assessment and to describe a child’s level of vision.

Breakfast 8: Enhancing the Health of Adults with Cerebral Palsy after Transition from Paediatric Services
Prue Morgan, Carlee Holmes, Jane Tracy


  • Describe common health issues impacting adults with cerebral palsy
  • Identify barriers and facilitators to optimal health in adults ageing with cerebral palsy
  • Describe strategies to enhance self-management of health in this population

Breakfast 9: “We Need to Talk About Botulinum Toxin”
Tandy Hastings-Ison, Jason Howard, Ahbay Knot, Kerr Graham


  • Review current evidence challenging the effectiveness, reversibility and safety of Botulinum toxin-A (BoNT-A) in the management of cerebral palsy (CP).
  • Examine the short, medium and longer-term clinical goals of BoNT-A intervention.
  • Debate the onset, frequency and duration of BoNT-A therapy from a lifespan perspective.
  • Establish key criteria regarding benefits versus harms when using BoNT-A to improve functional outcome.

Breakfast 10: So, Do We Really Need Doctors Anyway? Decision Making in Paediatric Clinical Practice – Who is the Expert?
Giuliana Antolovich


  • To discuss potential impact of disagreement in decision making and its impact on the child, the family and on the clinician
  • To provide participants with an understanding of the “Zone of Parental Discretion” (Gillam, 2016) as an ethical framework to support complex decision making, and to minimize harm both to the child, and to the relationship between the child, parent and the clinician
  • To discuss and consider the role of clinical ethics support and clinical supervision in management of children with chronic and complex neurodisability

Breakfast 11: Supporting Communication Access for the People with Cerebral Palsy and Other Disabilities Attending Clinical and Research Settings
Betty-Jean Dee Price


  • An increased awareness of the likely health and research outcomes in adapting clinical and/or research practice(s) to suit communication inclusion.
  • Knowledge of available tools, practice recommendations and resources that will likely support communication inclusive practice.
  • Confidence in the ability of practitioners (or other audience member) to shape communication accessible environments

Breakfast 12: Active Ingredients of Rehabilitation and Unmasking the Black Box of Participation-focused Therapy for Children with Cerebral Palsy
Ros Boyd, Leanne Sakzewski


  • To summarise the evidence for and active ingredients of activity-based rehabilitation for children with cerebral palsy (CP)
  • To summarise the emerging evidence for and active ingredients in Participation-focused interventions for children with CP
  • To discuss the implications for clinical practice of (1) and (2).


Saturday 14 March 2020 | 0730 – 0830

Breakfast 13: Advances in Clinical and Instrumental Evaluation of Oropharyngeal Dysphagia in Infants and Young Children with Cerebral Palsy
Kelly Weir, Amanda Khamis, Katherine Benfer


  • To gain an understanding of ‘Paediatric Feeding Disorder’ and presentation of oropharyngeal dysphagia (OPD) in children with cerebral palsy (CP).
  • To gain knowledge of best practice clinical assessment and clinimetrics of measures of OPD in infants and young children.
  • To gain an understanding of the strengths and limitations of instrumental evaluations of swallowing in children with CP

Breakfast 14: Single Level Selective Dorsal Rhizotomy: An Integrated Approach to Optimise Functional Potential and QOL for Children with Bilateral Cerebral Palsy
Stephanie Cawker


  • Recognise where Single Level Selective Dorsal Rhizotomy (SLSDR) sits in the treatment options for hypertonia management in spastic cerebral palsy.
  • Be better able to recognise when SLSDR is the preferred option for managing spastic hypertonia in children with bilateral cerebral palsy, and the broader indications – based on selection criteria, outcomes and parent/child reported experience.
  • Recognise the importance of ongoing multidisciplinary monitoring and timely treatment at different stages in the post-surgical journey, including therapy rehabilitation, orthotics, medication and orthopaedic surgery.
  • Understand the importance of pre-SDR expectations and sharing information for children, parents and the wider multidisciplinary team to improve motor and functional outcome and satisfaction.

Breakfast 15: Pearls and Pitfalls of Early Intervention for Infants with Unilateral CP
Ros Boyd, Sue Greaves, Giovanni Cioni


  • To learn more about the theories and interpretation of different treatment approaches
  • To learn more about the possible effect of early intervention in unilateral CP
  • To understand how the research can be implemented in clinical practice
  • To understand the consequences for families in daily life

Breakfast 16: Cognitive and Psychological Phenomena Within Cerebral Palsy: Unmasking Hidden yet Profound Contributors to Quality of Life and Family Functioning Outcomes
Jonson Moyle, Peter Clissa, Katherine Langdon


  • Improved awareness in clinicians of cognitive and psychological issues within children presenting with cerebral palsy.
  • Improved capacity for clinicians to raise these issues with families both at the time of diagnosis and as part of ongoing monitoring during development.
  • Develop an understanding of how psychological and existential challenges (e.g. Complex Grief, Anxiety and Denial) unfold for the child and parents, and how these challenges evolve across the typical history of CP.
  • Develop an understanding of the breadth of (neuro)psychological phenomena in children with CP, how to approach them, and when to refer for appropriate clinical services.

Breakfast 17: Addressing Inequities in Health Outcomes for Children with Cerebral Palsy Across the World
Sue Woolfendedn, Gulum Khandaker, Kate Milner


  • To present the global evidence on health inequities for children with cerebral palsy (CP).
  • To discuss potential interventions that could be co designed with people with lived experience of CP, practitioners and policy makers to address these health inequities.
  • To develop with participants a plan for an approach to address health inequities for children with CP through research, policy, consumer and clinical collaboration.

Breakfast 18: Change Makers in the Community Practice; The Process of ‘Making it Happen’
Kelly Reynolds


  • Explore a critical approach to change making
  • Understand methods for supporting change and making it happen through active processes
  • Examine factors that facilitate change in community-based services, within an NDIA landscape