ASSBI Australasian Society for the Study of Brain Impairment
Working together to improve the lives of people with brain impairment
40th ASSBI Brain Impairment Conference 2017 MELBOURNE
ASSBI  Working together to improve the lives of people with brain impairment
ASSBI’s MISSION STATEMENT ASSBI is a multidisciplinary society dedicated to improving the quality of life of people with brain impairment and their families.  Our mission is to: Enable all disciplines who work with people with brain impairment to meet, learn and discuss the latest clinical research initiatives in a scholarly environment; Provide high quality continuing education; Publish scholarly research via our journal Brain Impairment; Promote scientific rigour and evidence-based practice in the field of brain impairment; Encourage students to present, share and publish their work; and Provide high quality assessment and treatment resources via ASSBI Resources.
Kevin Walsh (seated) at the 6th International Congress on Brain Injury Held in Melbourne 2005, along with (from left) Carol Burton, Katie Kirby, Skye McDonald, Robyn Tate, Jennie Ponsford and Wendy Longley
The Australasian Society for the Study of Brain Impairment (ASSBI) held its first annual conference in Melbourne in 1978.  The early years of ASSBI owe a significant debt to the leadership of the foundation President Dr Kevin Walsh, who is fondly and rightfully acknowledged as the founding father of Australian neuropsychology. From its inception, ASSBI has provided a unique forum for multi-disciplinary research and clinical practice for Australian professionals working in brain impairment.  Research presentation standards have always been high and, prior to 1999, conference proceedings were published for each meeting. In 2000 the society launched the journal Brain Impairment. Abstracts for all presentations at most of the annual meetings have since been published in Brain Impairment, as well as selected full papers.  Brain Impairment represents a scientific journal of high quality.  It publishes peer-reviewed empirical studies, literature reviews, commentaries, case reports and special issues devoted to particular themes. Brain Impairment covers a broad range of topics relevant to brain impairment including neurology, neuropsychology, psychiatry, clinical psychology, neuropathology, occupational therapy, physiotherapy, speech pathology and anatomy and the full range of conditions that affect brain function (stroke, tumour, dementing illnesses, traumatic brain injury, epilepsy etc.) throughout the lifespan.  Importantly ASSBI has always given young aspiring students a collegial environment to meet their peers and more experienced clinicians and researchers. Traditionally, at each conference, the Kevin Walsh encouragement award is given to the best fourth year or masters student presentation.  In 1999 the Luria award was also introduced for the best PhD student presentation. There is also a Travel Award for the best abstract. As a national society ASSBI has held its annual conferences in a variety of locations across Australia including Brisbane, Sydney, Newcastle, Melbourne, Hobart, Canberra, Fremantle, Magnetic Island and Port Macquarie.  ASSBI also has a high international profile.  To date there have been six meetings held in Australia by ASSBI in conjunction with large international organisations.  Four joint meetings have been held with the International Neuropsychological Society (INS) (at the Gold Coast in 1991, in Cairns in 1996, in Brisbane in 2004 and in Sydney in 2015).  A meeting was also held jointly by ASSBI and the International Association for the Study of Traumatic Brain Injury (IASTBI) in Melbourne in 2001. The most recent meeting was the 6th World Congress on brain injury co-sponsored by ASSBI, the International Brain Injury Association and the Faculty of Rehabilitation Medicine held in Melbourne in 2005. In 2011 we had a further joint meeting with INS in New Zealand. Finally, ASSBI is committed to best practice in the assessment and remediation of disorders arising from brain impairment.  For that reason it is a proud sponsor of PsycBITETM which is a database of all treatment studies that have ever been published to address psychologically based disorders arising from brain impairment. PsycBITETM was developed by a group of professional researchers and clinicians in Sydney Australia and is freely available on the internet at www.psycbite.com  
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