Supporting families with disabilities impacted by COVID-19: the role of listening sessions


Wednesday 05 August 2020, 11am-12pm Australian EST

The AusACPDM / IAACD COVID-19 Taskforce want to hear from you. Join us in our upcoming listening session via zoom. Our aim is to share our experiences, to learn what has / has not worked, and hear about what learnings we can take into the future. Facilitators from our Taskforce panel include speakers involved in family support organisations and research.

What is a listening session and guidelines on how to run them

 Prof Alicia Spittle, University of Melbourne

What support do families and people with lived experience need

Amy Hogan, CP Society of New Zealand

How family support organisations can help

Carrie Clark, Kalparrin, Western Australia

Supporting parents through challenging emotions and personal self-care

Dr Catherine Mak, Psychologist, The University of Queensland

The session will be recorded, and will be made available at a later date within our AusACPDM COVID-19 Resources.  Please download the flyer AusACPDM COVID19 Listening session and share throughout your networks.

About our panelists

Professor Alicia Spittle is the co-chair of the AusACPDM COVID-19 Taskforce and chair of the IAACD Listening and Sharing COVID-19 Task force. She is a physiotherapist and researcher at the University of Melbourne, Murdoch Children’s Research Institute and the Royal Women’s Hospital.

Amy Hogan is a health researcher and writer at the Cerebral Palsy Society of New Zealand, with a background in Psychology and Health Education. She works as a researcher for a number of health-related charities and writes health articles. Her primary research role is looking at cerebral palsy through the lifespan and investigating psychosocial impacts of living with long term conditions. She has lived experience of cerebral palsy and the New Zealand health system, and is a member of the AusACPDM COVID19 taskforce.

Carrie Clark is the CEO of Kalparrin, Western Australia’s largest member organisation supporting families caring for children with additional needs.

Dr Catherine Mak is a registered psychologist and Post-Doctoral Research Officer at the Queensland Cerebral Palsy Rehabilitation Research Centre, and is a member of the AusACPDM COVID19 taskforce. Her current research focuses on trailing an online parent support program, Early PACT, for parents of infant diagnosed as at high risk of having CP.

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Date: 5 August - 5 August

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