Pre-Conference Workshops

Pre-Conference Workshops

All AusACPDM 2018 pre-conference workshops will be held on Wednesday 21 March and there is an exciting range of workshops on offer:


Workshop 1: CRE-CP Knowledge Transfer – Dyskinesia Toolkit / Post-Operative Rehabilitation in Children with Cerebral Palsy
Date: Wednesday 21 March 2018
Time: 9.00am – 12.00pm
Venue: The Langham
Speaker: Dr Kirsty Stewart and Dr Claire Kerr

Dyskinesia Toolkit
This workshop will present the outcomes of a Centre of Research Excellence in Cerebral Palsy (CRE-CP) Knowledge Translation Fellowship investigating the identification, classification and measurement of dyskinesia in children with cerebral palsy. A “Toolkit” developed as part of the fellowship will be presented.

The workshop will overview current literature, definitions and incidence of dyskinetic CP and how it is currently identified and classified. Currently available outcome measures will be presented as well as use of these outcome measures with other assessment tools across the domains of the International Classification of Functioning, Disability and Health.

Workshop Objectives

  1. Participants will gain an up to date overview of dyskinetic CP
  2. A toolkit, aimed at standardising the identification, classification and measurement of dyskinesia in children with cerebral palsy across Australia and New Zealand, will be presented
  3. Participants will gain some hands on experience in scoring dyskinesia using different scales developed for children with CP
  4. Participants will gain an understanding of how impairment level dyskinesia assessments can be used in combination with other clinical assessments to provide a comprehensive overview of the child with dyskinetic CP

Target Audience
Any professionals involved in the care of children with cerebral palsy including physiotherapists, occupational therapists, speech pathologists, nurses, medical doctors and researchers. 


Post-Operative Rehabilitation in Children with Cerebral Palsy
This course will review research evidence and current clinical practice relating to rehabilitation following lower limb orthopaedic surgery for children with cerebral palsy. The information needs of families and healthcare professionals in supporting these children will be discussed. The presenters will then introduce the evidence-based ‘resources toolkit’, developed to address the identified needs of families and healthcare professionals. Exemplar case studies will be presented. Participants will select and apply relevant elements of the toolkit to their own situation and reflect on supports and barriers to implementation of recommendations or practices in their own settings. The course is based on work conducted as part of a Knowledge Translation Fellowship in post-operative rehabilitation for children with cerebral palsy, an initiative of the Centre for Research Excellence-Cerebral Palsy that aims to ensure the standard of care for cerebral palsy is uniform and of the highest level across Australia, by progressing the application of new and established evidence into practice.

Workshop Objectives

  1. Describe the evidence underpinning the development of the post-operative rehabilitation ‘resources toolkit’
  2. Select relevant elements of the resources toolkit for participants’ own needs
  3. Evaluate the utility of the resources toolkit for families and healthcare professionals supporting children who have undergone lower limb orthopaedic surgery
  4. Identify strategies to embed the use of the resources toolkit in participants’ own situation

Target Audience
Nurses, occupational therapists, orthopedic surgeons, orthotists, parents and carers, paediatricians, physical therapists, rehabilitation physicians, social workers, service providers and disability funding agencies.


Workshop 2Novel Technologies
Date: Wednesday 21 March 2018
Time: 9.00am – 12.00pm
Venue: Auckland University
Speaker: Associate Professor Thor Besier


Workshop 3: Transition to Adulthood – Research and Practice
Date: Wednesday 21 March 2018
Time: 9.00am – 12.00pm
Venue: The Langham
Speaker: Dr Jan Willem Gorter


Workshop 4: CRE-CP Knowledge Transfer: Supporting Mental Health of Parents / Early Diagnosis of Cerebral Palsy
Date: Wednesday 21 March 2018
Time: 1.00pm – 4.00pm
Venue: The Langham
Speaker: Dr Carmen Pace and Dr Lynda McNamara

Supporting Mental Health of Parents 
Research shows that parents of children with disabilities are at high risk of mental health difficulties, including depression, anxiety and suicidality. However, most do not access professional help, with a wide range of barriers reported including time, ease of access, and not being able to prioritise their needs over those of their child. Health professionals providing services for children are ideally placed to support parents to improve their mental health, yet they report that they often do not feel comfortable broaching the subject with parents, and are hesitant to open up these conversations for fear of not being able to manage parents’ distress. This workshop was created as part of a CRE-CP Knowledge Transfer Fellowship, and aims to build capacity and confidence in having these conversations for clinicians working with children with disabilities and their families.

Workshop Objectives

  1. Provide background information on common mental health difficulties and their presentation in parents of children with disabilities, why this is important, and possible impacts on therapy outcomes
  2. To familiarise clinicians with a framework for addressing mental health and wellbeing with parents, equipping them with a range of strategies for having these conversations
  3. Introduction to ‘The Wellbeing Check,’ a checklist for working with families and prioritising wellbeing in an ongoing manner
  4. To provide clinicians with the opportunity to reflect on and prioritise self-care in recognition of the sensitive and sometimes difficult nature of this work

Target Audience
Clinicians who work with children with disabilities.

Australian Implementation of Early Diagnosis of Cerebral Palsy: Perspectives of Clinicians
A national implementation strategy is underway to support and accelerate change in practice as recommended by the International Clinical Practice Guideline (CPG) early diagnosis Cerebral Palsy.  The multi-faceted knowledge translation framework has been developed through collaborative partnerships between the Centre of Research Excellence in Cerebral Palsy Australia (CRE-CP), Cerebral Palsy Alliance (CPA) and the CRE-Australasian Clinical Trials Network.

Evidenced-based knowledge translation strategies for clinician stakeholders have been explored. This workshop will outline the development and implementation of early diagnosis cerebral palsy CME including: (a) results of Australian Physician survey; (b) design and development of a novel e-Learning educational format (c) tailored implementation approaches to overcome local barriers (d) showcase of an early diagnosis CP resource toolkit.

Workshop Objectives

  1. Describe the development and implementation of continuing medical education (CME) to enable change in practice as recommended by the International Clinical Practice Guideline (CPG) of early diagnosis cerebral palsy
  2. Discuss the barriers and enablers of clinicians in the implementation of CPG early diagnosis cerebral palsy across Australia
  3. Demonstrate a novel early diagnosis CP eLearning model
  4. Appraise the early diagnosis CP resource toolkit for clinicians

Target Audience
Neurologists, Paediatricians, Neonatologists, General Practitioners, Neuro-Radiologists. Physiotherapists, Occupational Therapists, Speech Language Pathologists, Nurses and Early Educators.


Workshop 5: The Importance of ‘Managing’ Pain in Individuals with Cerebral Palsy
Date: Wednesday 21 March 2018
Time: 1.00pm – 4.00pm
Venue: The Langham
Speaker: Professor Darcy Fehlings


Workshop 6: Novel Intervention
Date: Wednesday 21 March 2018
Time: 1.00pm – 4.00pm
Venue: The Langham
Speaker: Associate Professor Bernadette Gillick


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