First Keynote speakers for ‘Better Together’ 2022 announced

First Keynote speakers for ‘Better Together’ 2022 announced

9th December, 2020

Combined 11th Australasian Academy of Cerebral Palsy and Developmental Medicine and the 3rd International Alliance of Academies of Childhood Disabilities ‘Better Together’ Conference 2022

The Committee is pleased to announce our first round of Keynote Speakers for the ‘Better Together’ Conference to be hosted in Melbourne, Australia 2022.

Prof. Gillian King


Gillian King is a Distinguished Senior Scientist (Bloorview Research Institute), Professor in the Department of Occupational Science and Occupational Therapy (University of Toronto), and Canada Research Chair in Optimal Care for Children with Disabilities (Tier 1). She has held over 100 peer-reviewed grants, authored over 200 peer-reviewed articles, and has developed and published over 20 measures for use in pediatric rehabilitation. Her work focuses on psychosocial aspects of care, including the delivery of health services, client engagement, family-centred care, client and family resiliency, and transition programming.

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A/Prof. Mark Peterson


Mark D. Peterson is the Charles E. Lytle, Jr. Research Professor at the University of Michigan-Medicine (Ann Arbor, Michigan, U.S.), Department of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, a Fulbright Scholar, and an active member in the American Academy of Cerebral Palsy and Developmental Medicine (AACPDM), Australasian Academy of Cerebral Palsy and Developmental Medicine (AusACPDM), the International Society of Physical and Rehabilitation Medicine (ISPRM), and the American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM). Dr. Peterson’s work focuses on understanding factors that influence health and life expectancy among individuals aging with disabilities across the lifespan. This includes efforts directed at identifying precision strategies to prevent cardiometabolic dysregulation and secondary physical and psychological morbidity among children and adults with cerebral palsy, as well as a variety of frailty syndromes, and to better understand health disparities among individuals with disabilities from the context of access to preventive care and community wellness. Dr. Peterson has published more than 150 peer reviewed scientific articles in the fields of exercise physiology, rehabilitation research, physical activity epidemiology, healthcare disparities, and preventive medicine.

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Prof. Tom Shakespeare

United Kingdom

Tom Shakespeare trained at Cambridge University, and has worked at Sunderland, Leeds, Newcastle, University of East Anglia and London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, where he is professor of disability research. He has conducted research on disability and sexuality, with disabled children, on bioethics, on restricted growth, on independent living, on rehabilitation, on inclusive education and on employment of disabled people. He also spent five years in the WHO Disability and rehabilitation team. His books include Disability Rights and Wrongs and Disability – the Basics. He broadcasts regularly on BBC Radio.

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Key Dates

Collaborative International Symposia Call
Open July 2020
Closed 31st October 2020
Announced January 2021
Free Paper/Poster/Instructional Course
Open February 2021
Close April 2021
Notify August 2021
Opens March 2021
Early bird closes December 2021
Scholarship Applications
Open February 2021
Close April 2021
Notify August 2021
Late breaking abstracts
Open September 2021
Close December 2021
Notify January 2022
AusACPDM / IAACD 2022 in Melbourne
Pre-conference 28th February, 1st March 2022
Conference dates 2nd March – 5th March, 2022

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