Systematic Review Workshop 2019

The Australasian Cerebral Palsy Clinical Trials Network (AusCP-CTN) is conducting an 8-week interactive workshop which aims to enable the attendees to gain a comprehensive knowledge and practical experience in conducting a systematic review and meta-analysis of efficacy of treatment, a clinimetric review of measures, and/or a review of diagnostic criteria for a clinical area. Fully day Meta-analysis and GRADE methods will be included in the training for a transparent approach to rating the certainty of evidence and developing healthcare recommendations.

The Systematic Review Workshop is highly interactive and will be conducted on Thursdays for 8 weeks from 18 July to 5th September, at the Training Room, PACE Library (20 Cornwall Street, Wooloongabba, Qld 4102). Click below for discussion topics for each week.



Date: 18 July - 5 September

Location: The Pharmacy Australia Centre of Excellence, 20 Cornwall Street Library Training Rooms, Woolloongabba, QLD

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GRADE Analysis Workshop, 2019

GRADE (Grading of Recommendations, Assessment, Development and Evaluations) is a transparent framework for developing and presenting summaries of evidence and provides a systematic approach for making clinical practice recommendations.

As part of the Australasian Cerebral Palsy Clinical Trials Network (AusCP-CTN) Systematic Review Workshop – we have invited Dr Sue Brennan from Melbourne GRADE Centre, to conduct a one-day interactive session on GRADE analysis. This is being made available online, so attendees can Zoom in from anywhere in the world!

Workshop Lecturer:   Dr Sue Brennan
Sue is a Post-Doctoral Research Fellow at Cochrane Australia, in the School of Public Health and Preventive Medicine where she leads the Melbourne GRADE centre and contributes to Cochrane’s program of work on the translation of research into policy. Her role includes producing and facilitating the use of systematic reviews for health policy decision-making. She has led seven systematic reviews, three commissioned by the NHMRC, and co-authored reviews of public health and healthcare improvement interventions.

Date: 1 August - 1 August

Location: Online (Zoom), and Centre for Children's Health Research, QLD

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13th Mater Growth & Development Unit Conference “Improving outcomes for NICU infants”

The High-Risk Infant follow-up group of the Mater Mothers’ Hospital, Brisbane are pleased to announce our 13th conference for all health and educational professionals involved in providing assessment or intervention services for young children with/at risk of disability.
The theme this year is “Improving Outcomes for NICU Infants” and we have a fantastic guest speaker from the USA, A/Prof Stacey Dusing, director of The Motor Development Lab at Virginia Commonwealth University, whose research focuses on interventions to improve the outcomes of infants born prematurely or with cerebral palsy.

International Speaker: A/Prof Stacey Dusing
A/Prof Stacey Dusing, PhD PT, is a physiotherapist and member of the Department of Physical Therapy, as well as a faculty member of the VA-Leadership Education in Neurodevelopment Disabilities (LEND) program at Virginia Commonwealth University, USA. A/Prof Dusing teaches courses on infant and child development, assessment and treatment in paediatric physical therapy. As the director of the Motor Development Lab, A/Prof Dusing’s primary research interests include the influence of motor control on global development and physical therapy interventions for infants. Specifically, she focuses on the relationship between

Early Bird Registration – book before 31 May 2019 and save $40

  • Early Bird Price – $120 (bookings prior to 31 May)
  • Regular Price – $160 + 50c booking fee (bookings after 31 May)

For further information please contact the event organisers: Dr Elizabeth Hurrion:, Leith Poulsen:

Date: 2 August - 2 August

Location: Brisbane Convention and Exhibition Centre

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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.


Abstract Submission Opens – 1 May 2019

Abstract Submission Closes – 29 July 2019

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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