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41st ASSBI Brain Impairment Conference 2018 ADELAIDE
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Melbourne On the evening of the 10th August, the Victorian ASSBI student committee hosted the third student seminar in a series on neuro-rehabilitation. The Austin Health Stroke team presented on stroke rehabilitation and the multi-disciplinary panel comprised of nurse practitioner Brownyn Coulton, neuropsychologist Jennifer Bradshaw, occupational therapist Shelley Brown, physiotherapist Emily McColl, dietician Jessica Hamilton and speech pathologist Lauren Roberts. Using an illustrative case example, the speakers provided insight on the unique role of each discipline in the assessment and treatment of acute stroke as well as emphasizing the importance of a collaborative team-approach to patient care. The event was held at the Melbourne Brain Centre and attended by over 150 students across the disciplines of speech pathology, psychology, occupational therapy, physiotherapy, dietetics and nursing. Sydney On the 30th of June, our team hosted our first ASSBI event of the year and it was a huge success! Despite the lower rsvp on the facebook invite page, we filled up seven groups with 5-7 people per team on the day (total 38 people). The venue (Bar Cleveland) was great and very accommodating. Our trivia time clashed with their normal karaoke night but they pushed their karaoke night to after our trivia, which was very nice of them. Also, it worked well since after the trivia, participants could go on to enjoy some karaoke! Overall, it was a great night! Please see the attachment for photos! We are currently preparing for a "Research information night"! Newcastle The Newcastle team hosted a screening of The Crash Reel on August 9th, followed by a panel discussion by a multi-disciplinary team focused on traumatic brain injury. Over 40 audience members attended from medical and allied health disciplines; including Speech therapy, Nursing, Psychology, Occupational therapy, Physiotherapy & Medicine. Sam Ashby (Occupational therapy lecturer with prior experience in adult brain injury) joined Michelle Kelly (Clinical psychologist), Jennifer Harben (Clinical nurse consultant) and Matthew Frith (Speech pathologist) on the speaker panel. After the movie, the panel engaged in a Q&A session with the audience, which was a great success – reflecting audience enthusiasm for the topic of TBI, lasting over an hour! Perth  The Curtin University Bentley campus hosted the first WA ASSBI event of the year on Friday the  13th of May; a Quiz Night to promote awareness and networking for health students and peers.  The 45 guests were tested on their general, music, and entertainment knowledge, as well as a  round dedicated to the human brain. Prizes were awarded to the winning teams and the event  was a huge success! Brisbane On the 5th of May the Brisbane Team hosted a very successful Q&A event with 3 guest speakers at UQ. The night included three speakers specialising in traumatic brain injury, followed by a Q&A session. The speakers included Dr. Jenny Fleming (occupational therapist and researcher specialising in rehabilitation), Dr Peter Dodd (director of the Queensland Brain Bank) and Lizzie Beadle (Neuropsychology PhD candidate investigating insight after Traumatic Brain Injury). Each speaker’s work was very interesting and all quite different which was great to have such diversity. The evening concluded with a lively Q&A. It was a terrific evening enjoyed by all and the guest speakers especially liked presenting to such enthused students. For any Social Media questions please email our Social Media Officer   For all questions, contact Student Coordinator, Anna Carmichael at
Student Events in 2016 WA ASSBI STUDENT EVENT  The Perth team hosted their final event of 2016 on the 16th of September; a film screening of “Concussion” at the ECU Joondalup campus. The team coordinated with the Northern Suburbs Stroke Support Group (NSSSG), who shared some of their experiences in a presentation before the screening. The ASSBI WA Team welcomed Paul West, the CEO of HeadWest, at the end of the film to give a brief presentation. Paul was a great guest, who provided information on ABI and answered questions from both students and NSSSG members. QLD ASSBI STUDENT EVENT  Semester two saw the QLD Team host another warmly received event! The documentary “The Crash Reel” was screened at UQ on October 14th with attendees ranging from undergraduates to those already working in the allied health field. Disciplines represented included Speech Pathology, Occupational Therapy and Neuropsychology. Everyone loved the screening and the insight given into traumatic brain injury from many different perspectives!
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