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Combined AusACPDM and IAACD conference: “Better Together” 2022

Better Together 

We are pleased to announce that the Combined 11th Australasia Academy of Cerebral Palsy and Developmental Medicine and the 3rd International Alliance of Academies of Childhood Disabilities Conference ‘BETTER TOGETHER’ (AusACPDM / IAACD 2022) will take place from the 1st to the 5th March 2022, hosted from Melbourne, Australia.

This is a fully virtual conference. 

Visit the official website to learn more.

Visit the Better Together Website


Key Dates
Focused Symposia – now announced
Pre-Conference Workshop – now announced
Call for Abstracts – now closed
Announced September 2021
Scholarship Applications – now closed
Announced October 2021
Registration – now open
Early Bird closes 1 November 2021
Late-Breaking Abstracts
Opens 30 September 2021
Closes 1 December 2021
Announced December 2021
Better Together 2022
Pre-conference Workshop 1 March 2022
Conference dates 2 – 5 March 2022


Date: 1 March - 5 March

Location: Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre, Victoria

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2019 Prechtl’s Method of the Qualitative Assessment of General Movements

Basic and Advanced Course

Early diagnosis of young infants with cerebral palsy is essential for their and their families’ continued wellbeing. Prechtl’s Method of the Qualitative Assessment of General Movements is reputedly the most effective predictor of cerebral palsy, and therefore a crucial tool for dedicated healthcare professionals wanting to minimise the impact of this neurological condition.

The University of Melbourne has partnered with the internationally acclaimed General Movements Trust to explore this methodology throughout the ‘Assessment of General Movements’ short course. Over 3.5 days, leading academics will introduce participants to Prechtl’s assessment method through face-to-face lectures, demonstrations and exercises.

The Program

Our engaging program is offered at two levels: the Basic and the Advanced course. Participants of the Advanced program should have completed Basic training as a prerequisite.

Both courses fulfil the standards specified by the General Movements Trust with participants receiving up to 22.75 hours of Continuing Professional Development (CPD) with industry experts. An assessment is conducted on the final day, resulting in a General Movements certificate on successful completion.

Date: 23 October - 26 October

Location: Rydges on Swanston 701 Swanston Street, Carlton, Victoria, 3053

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2019 Prechtl’s Method of the Qualitative Assessment of General Movements- Basic Course

This three and a half day course provides an introduction into Prechtl’s Method on the Qualitative Assessment of General Movements in young infants. This new assessment method has shown its merit for the prenatal and postnatal evaluation of the integrity of the nervous system. Compelling evidence is now available that qualitative assessment of General Movements (GMs) at a very early age is the best predictor for cerebral palsy. This method has become a potent supplement to the traditional kind of neurological examination.

Who should attend? Medical specialists, neonatologists, physiotherapists, occupational therapists, registered nurses, and other professionals in the field of infant neurology

Date: 4 December - 7 December

Location: Marion Davis Lecture Hall, Auckland City Hospital, New Zealand

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Pathways and Resources for Engagement and Participation (PREP), 2019

The PREP approach is a new evidence-based intervention that aims to improve participation in any type of chosen activity. The intervention focuses on changing aspects of the child or youth’s environment and by coaching parents and other individuals involved in the young person’s everyday activities. PREP is applicable for children, youth and adults across various conditions and abilities. In this half-day workshop core elements of the 5 steps of the PREP will be introduced, as well as effective intervention strategies for improving participation will be demonstrated through ‘real life’ scenarios. A range of resources and tools to support the implementation of the PREP in practice will also be shared. Finally, evidence supporting the effectiveness of the PREP in improving participation will be outlined and its applicability to children and youth with various conditions (physical disabilities, acquired brain injury, younger children with a history of pre-term birth) will be discussed.

The workshop will be lead by Associate Professor Dana Anaby from the School of Physical and Occupational Therapy at McGill University with substantial research experience in childhood-onset disability. Dana is the primary co-developer of the PREP approach and has led the examination of this intervention among children and youth with disabilities in Canada.

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Date: 12 October - 12 October

Location: The Australian Catholic University, Melbourne Campus, Room 403.7.02

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2019 AusCP-CTN Hot Topics in Cerebral Palsy Research Forum

The AusCP-CTN CRE aims to foster and develop current and future leaders in cerebral palsy research and clinical practice. Our vision for the future workforce for children with cerebral palsy is national capacity building comprising individuals with expertise in more than one key area of research and/or training (basic science / neuroscience, epidemiology, clinical/health services initiatives, and translation / implementation).

Hosted at the Monash Health Translation Precinct, Clayton, Melbourne, AusCP-CTN invites you to join us at the “Hot Topics in Cerebral Palsy Research Forum – Monday 21 – Tuesday 22 October 2019” to hear some of the work being done to improve early diagnosis and intervention for children with, or at risk of, cerebral palsy.

Day 1:   Monday, 21 October

  • Early Detection and Neuroimaging in CP:  Dr Jurgen Fripp (CSIRO), Dr Alex Pagnozzi (CSIRO), Dr Christian Redd (CSIRO)
  • Pre-Clinical and Neonatal Clinical Trials:  Prof. Euan Wallace (Monash University), A/Prof. Michael Fahey (Monash Children’s Hospital), Dr Atul Malhotra (Monash Children’s Hospital), Dr Courtney McDonald (Hudson Institute of Medical Research), Yana Wilson (Cerebral Palsy Alliance), Dr Stacey Ellery (Hudson Institute of Medical Research)
  • Higher Degree by Research 3-Minute Thesis:  Research students from Monash University showcasing their scientific findings.
  • Hammersmith Infant Neurological Examination (HINE) Training:  details TBA.
Day 2:   Tuesday, 22 October
  • Clinical Trials:  Prof. Roslyn Boyd (The University of Queensland), Prof. Yannick Bleyenheuft (Université Catholique de Louvain), Prof. Iona Novak (Cerebral Palsy Alliance), Dr Sarah McIntyre (Cerebral Palsy Alliance)
  • Early Detection:  A/Prof. Alicia Spittle (The University of Melbourne), Prof. Arie Bos (University Medical Centre of Groningen)
  • Infant Clinical Trials:  Prof. Roslyn Boyd (The University of Queensland), Dr Cathy Morgan (Cerebral Palsy Alliance), Dr Katherine Benfer (The University of Queensland), Dr Leanne Sakzewski (The University of Queensland), Dr Koa Whittingham (The University of Queensland)
  • Child Clinical Trials:  Dr Leanne Sakzewski (The University of Queensland), Prof. Bernard Dan (Université libtre de Bruxelles)


Date: 21 October - 22 October

Location: Monash Health Translation Precinct, 45 Kanooka Grove, Clayton VIC 3168

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AusACPDM 10th Biennial Conference: 2020 Visionaries

The conference theme is 2020 Visionaries. The theme was chosen to embolden participants to be Visionaries in their practice and research, leading to future-focused Visionary outcomes for the children and families they work with.  It is intended that the Conference will provide new insights and ways of thinking, opportunities to learn new practice and research approaches, and build opportunity for community engagement: We aim to bring the AusACPDM Vision to life.


Registration Opens – September 2019

Scholarship Applications Close – 31 October 2019

Early Bird registration Closes – 31 January 2020

Submit your expression of interest and receive regular updates on the conference planning.



Date: 11 March - 14 March

Location: Perth Convention and Exhibition Centre, Western Australia

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Understanding Normal Movement for Paediatric Therapists

This two-day course is designed to introduce participants to the concept of movement analysis in the assessment and treatment of children with neurodevelopmental disorders.

Participants will be able to describe key components relating to the analysis of postures and movement sequences and learn how to facilitate movement with the opportunity to practice handling skills.

It is a practical course with the focus on therapists developing their skills of observation of posture and movement, with the practice of facilitation of normal movement.

Date: 24 May - 25 May

Location: Geelong, Victoria (TBC)

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Making a Difference – CRE-CP symposium

Early bird registrations are now open for the CRE-CP: Making a Difference Symposium in Melbourne this April. This event includes three exciting workshops, a community forum and a full-day meeting. Please note that workshop spaces are limited, so get in quick and take advantage of the excellent early bird discounts.

The two-day Symposium is aimed at Physiotherapists, Occupational Therapists, Speech and Language Pathologists, Paediatricians, Neurologists and Neurosurgeons, Rehabilitation Physicians, Psychologists, Orthopaedic Surgeons, Disability Support Workers, Child Health Nurses, Special Educators, Researchers, and other professionals involved in the care of people with cerebral palsy. The technology forum on Thursday 4th April is aimed at people with cerebral palsy and their families, technology developers and health professionals and support workers involved in the care of people with cerebral palsy.

Early Bird Registration – book before 22 February and save 20%:

  • $180 general rate, $150 AusACPDM members (both days)
  • $70 general rate for workshops 1, 2 or 3


Date: 4 April - 5 April

Location: Arts Centre Melbourne, 100 St Kilda Road, Melbourne

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Hand Assessments in Infants (HAI) Training

Hosted by the Queensland Cerebral Palsy Rehabilitation & Research Centre (QCPRRC), the Hand Assessments for Infants (HAI) training will be held in Brisbane on the 4th – 5th March 2019.

The HAI, a new assessment of hand function, has been developed for infants at risk of developing cerebral palsy (CP) in the age range of 3-12 months. The HAI intends to measure the degree and quality of goal directed actions performed with each hand separately as well as with both hands together. The outcome of the test renders a separate score for each hand, illustrating possible asymmetric hand use as well a criterion referenced measure of general upper limb ability. Age norm references will be available. As a first step, the HAI has been validated for infants with clinical signs of unilateral cerebral palsy. The HAI is scored on 17 items (12 unimanual and 5 bimanual) each scored on a 3-point rating scale.

This course teaches the reliable use of the HAI in two steps:

(1) A two day workshop where participants will learn about the constructs underlying the HAI, test procedures, test objects used, and scoring of infants from video recordings. A HAI manual with detailed scoring criteria and a computer based scoring form will be provided.

(2) Following the course, participants will be able to create their own test kit according to instructions given during the course. Feedback on the selected toys will be provided during the certification procedure. Additionally participants will be required to achieve satisfactory scoring of test cases; two which are provided by videos, and two from self-produced HAI play sessions.

Course objectives

On completion of the course participants will be able to:

  • Demonstrate how to select appropriate toys for a HAI play session
  • Demonstrate the set-up and video-recording of the session and how toys are used to provoke active hand use in infants
  • Produce reliable scores according to the criteria in the manual
  • Understand the constructs upon which the HAI is based and describe early psychometric evidence
  • Interpret and communicate outcomes from the testing procedures

Who should attend:

Paediatric occupational therapists and physiotherapists who provide assessment and intervention to babies aged 3 – 12 months of age who are at risk of cerebral palsy.

Date: 4 March - 5 March

Location: Queensland Centre for Children’s Health Research, Brisbane.

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