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41st ASSBI Brain Impairment Conference 2018 ADELAIDE
Continuing Education Programme
THE AUSTRALASIAN SOCIETY FOR THE STUDY OF BRAIN IMPAIRMENT Continuing Education Program - 2017. There will be four half day Workshops conducted in Brisbane, Melbourne, Sydney and Perth on “A Guide to writing effective Medico-Legal Reports” and a full day workshop in Sydney by Warrick Brewer. Please note: APS Members can accrue Continuing Professional Development (CPD) hours by participating in CPD activities that they determine to be relevant to their individual professional skills, learning plans and goals. These may be self- initiated. CPD activities do not need to be endorsed by the APS. Don't forget if you want to propose a workshop email Margaret or Miriam Poole and we'll see what we can do to assist.  
Memory Disorders: New types, Assessment techniques & Interventions
Memory Disorders: New types, Assessment techniques & Interventions
Continuing professional development (CPD): Standards and guidelines under National Registration The Psychology Board of Australia has introduced a requirement of continuing professional development (CPD) in accordance with the Health Practitioner Regulation National Law Act 2009. Thirty hours of CPD per year are required. The first cycle started at July 1 2010 and will finish on 30 November 2011. From then on the annual cycle will be November to November the following years. Registrants are encouraged to identify their learning needs, write a CPD plan to address these needs, and keep a record of their activities. The key elements required include a minimum of 10 hours of peer consultation in individual or group format. For the remaining 20 hours, it is recommended that at least 10 hours should be 'active CPD' involving written or oral activities designed to enhance and test learning. For the detailed psychology guidelines see The Physiotherapy Board of Australia requirements are broadly similar but are less prescriptive than those of the Psychology Board. Practising physiotherapists must complete at least 20 hours of CPD per year. All learning activities which help physiotherapists maintain competence will be accepted as CPD. These include both formal and informal activities in any mix. For the detailed physiotherapy guidelines see
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Friday 6th October in Sydney, Ariel UTS Function Centre, Level 7, Building 10, 235 Jones Street, Ultimo, NSW Presenter – Caryn Ger, Medical Law Practice Leader Caryn heads up Shine Lawyers’ NSW Medical Law Practice and has practised in the fields of medical law and product liability for over eight years. Caryn has a passion for the interplay between medicine and the law, and has successfully litigated several multimillion dollar claims that occupy this crossover. She has acted for clients in contexts including general surgery, obstetrics, plastic surgery, psychiatric care, orthopaedic surgery, cardiothoracic surgery and various instances of delayed diagnosis, including cancer. Caryn is admitted to practice in the Supreme Court of New South Wales and the High Court of Australia, and has been a member of the Australian Lawyers Alliance since 2011. Caryn considers it a privilege to represent and obtain results for her clients that make a positive difference to their lives and their families. Presenter – Dr John Vinen, Emergency Physician John is Director of Clinical Services-Medicine and Senior Staff Specialist [Emergency Physician] at Calvary Healthcare and is a Medico]Legal Consultant. He has taught a wide range of professionals at all levels in many areas of medicine. He has been involved in curriculum development and was the driving force behind the development of the Emergency Life Support Course, a Course which is now operational and proving to be extremely successful.  John has been in the fortunate situation of needing to be selective as to his teaching activities, not because of his desire to limit his involvement in teaching but because of clinical, administrative and other commitments.  The involvement has ranged from beside teaching and tutorials to establishing, co-ordinating and participating in courses such as the ELS Course and acting as convenor and organiser of local, national and international meetings.
Thursday 12th October in Perth, South of Perth Yacht Club, Coffee Point Road, Applecross, WA Presenter – David Bayly, General Manager David is a Director of Bradley Bayly Legal and has been since its incorporation in 2001.  Following several years of working with his eventual business partner Brian Bradley, David was admitted to practice in 1994 and has experience working in personal injury litigation spanning 3 decades.  He now heads up a team of solicitors dedicated to fighting for the rights of people who have been wronged.  Bradley Bayly Legal specialises in personal injury law with a focus on acting for Plaintiffs who have suffered catastrophic injuries.  David and Bradley Bayly Legal have achieved record settlements in personal injury claims in Western Australia. David has been invited by the University of Paderborn as a guest lecturer on two occasions and is a regular lecturer for the Royal Australian Colleges of Orthopaedic Surgeons, Psychiatrists and Occupational Physicians.  David also presents an annual lecture at the Post Graduate School of Psychiatry.  David regularly prepares papers for the Law Society of Western Australia and most recently presented a paper for Legal Wise Seminars on the topic of Assessing Quantum in Complex and Catastrophic Damages. With clients across three continents David’s passion for and dedication to righting legal wrongs is the driving force behind Bradley Bayly Legal and he is committed to continuing the fight for the rights of catastrophically injured people and their families Presenter – Dr Arti Fayers, Consultant in Rehabilitation Medicine Dr Arti Fayers is a Consultant Rehabilitation Physician currently working at the Western Australian State Rehabilitation Service, Fiona Stanley Hospital. She completed her post-graduate training in Western Australia and Victoria and is a fellow of the Australian Faculty of Rehabilitation Medicine, a division of the Royal Australasian College of Physicians. She is a WorkCover (WA) Approved Medical Specialist. Dr Fayers has extensive experience in every aspect of rehabilitation medicine. Of note she can provide guidance on assessment of functional loss, disability management and assisting patients to achieve independence within their physical, cognitive and functional limitations with the aim of improving their quality of life. Her areas of interest in rehabilitation medicine include; major Orthopaedic, Amputations and Neurological trauma including Spinal Cord Injuries, and Acquired Brain Injury. She has an intimate knowledge of the services available in Western Australia and the realistic functional outcomes for patients who have suffered a catastrophic injury. She embraces the challenges faced by patients and advocates for those traversing from the post injury phase to the rehabilitation hurdles they must face and how they integrate back into society. Dr Fayers provides medicolegal assessments of disability and their rehabilitation needs.  
Friday 20th October in Brisbane, Shine Lawyers, Level 13, 160 Ann St, Brisbane, QLD  Presenter – Jamie Shine, General Manager Jamie is a Legal Partner and heads up Shine Lawyer’s Major Claims Practice, a team of experts dedicated to major and complex claims. Throughout her 16 years with the firm, Jamie has found that her passion and determination to help those who have been wronged hasn’t changed since the day that she started. Jamie’s team work hard to ensure that justice is delivered to their clients, and that the work that they do provides piece of mind, comfort, and restores some positivity to the lives of those they serve. Jamie is proud to be part of an organisation that works to right legal wrongs, stands up for the little guy and strives help clients and their families get their lives back on track Presenter – Dr Jan Ewing, Clinical Neuropsychologist Dr Ewing is a Fellow of the Australian Psychological Society (FAPS), with specialist endorsements in both clinical psychology and clinical neuropsychology. She has specialised for over thirty years in the medico-legal evaluation of closed head injury and the diagnosis and treatment of post-traumatic syndromes, particularly those relating to military service and childhood sexual abuse.  She holds a Masters degree in Clinical Psychology from the University of Melbourne and a PhD in Clinical Neuropsychology from the University of Victoria, British Columbia, Canada. She is a full member of the APS College of Clinical Psychologists and a founding member of the College of Clinical Neuropsychologists. She is also a founding member and Fellow of the Australian Society for the Study of Brain Impairment. She has served as Chair of the Queensland Branch of the College of Clinical Neuropsychologists and President of the Australian Society for the Study of Brain Impairment and as a member of the Queensland Professional Conduct Review Panel and the Queensland Nursing Council Health Assessment Advisory Panel. She is also a member of the Advisory Panel for Adult Survivors of Childhood Abuse (ASCA). She has been a DVA and VVCS provider for more than 20 years. In addition to private practice, she lectures around Australia on the neurobiology and treatment of psychological trauma across the lifespan and the assessment of feigning and exaggeration in clinical and medicolegal practice. She also provides annual lectures in medicolegal expert testimony and ethics in the post-graduate clinical psychology programme at the University of Queensland. Presenter – Michael Eliadis, Barrister Michael was admitted as a Barrister of the Supreme Court of Queensland on 12 March 1984 and has been in continuous practice at the Private Bar since that time. He practices almost exclusively in Personal Injuries Litigation with a special interest in Medical Negligence and cass involving catastrophic injuries, such as infant cerebral palsy and traumatic brain injury. He has acted on behalf of multiple claimants in child sexual abuse claims.
Friday 27th October in Melbourne, Ether Convention Centre, 265-281 Little Bourke St, Melbourne, VIC Presenter – Stuart Le Grand, General Manager Stuart is the Acting General Manager of Shine Lawyers Victoria. He provides leadership and guidance to a team of experienced legal professionals and ensures all operations are centred on providing quality service to clients. Stuart holds a comprehensive understanding of the intricacies of Plaintiff Litigation gleaned from nearly 15 years’ experience in the industry. He worked for seven years as a Senior Solicitor with the Transport Accident Commission, granting him valuable knowledge of the procedures involved in the claims process. Stuart also worked as a Practice Group Leader for a prominent Plaintiff Litigation firm before joining Shine Lawyers in 2016. Stuart is an acclaimed solicitor in his field of expertise and was recognised as an Accredited Specialist in 2009. He is a fierce advocate for those he represents, ensuring each client has a complete understanding of their case, the law and the outcome to be achieved. Stuart will leverage his skill and experience as a solicitor to ensure rightful compensation and justice are achieved. Presenter – Louise Vernieux, Clinical Neuropsychologist Louise has been working part time in private practice since 2003, specialising in capacity assessments, dementia assessments, and general neuropsychological assessment.  In 2007 she began to extend into medico-legal and forensic assessment, and now the bulk of her work is within the medico-legal field, particularly in two areas: capacity assessments including capacity to manage finances, testamentary capacity, capacity to make decisions regarding medical care, lifestyle, and enduring power of attorney; and personal injury cases in relation to brain damage arising from head injury, toxic exposure, stroke, and other causes.  In 2011 Louise completed a 40 hour private course in medico-legal neuropsychology assessment and report writing, run by Dr Peter Dowling.  She has extensive experience providing well received reports for the Senior Master’s (Funds in Court) Office and various solicitors, attending hearings for the Victorian Civil and Administrative Tribunal, and has experience as an expert witness at the Children’s Court and County Court.   
ASSBI and Shine Lawyers Medico-Legal Workshops: Everything you need to know from the report to the court room Costs:  Information:  REGISTER:  Clinicians and treatment providers may feel apprehensive about entering the world of Medico- Legal reporting. This reluctance can stem from grappling with the report requirements, or inexperience in the Court room. In order to overcome such reservations, and as part of the ASSBI Continuing Education Programme in 2017, ASSBI and Shine Lawyers have developed a series of detailed workshops to provide practitioners with insight into the Medico-Legal process, from the structure of the report, through to giving evidence at trial. What will the workshop cover? Workshops will follow a logical process starting with the assessment of the client and preparation of the report. This will include recommendations regarding the report’s structure, contents and expert opinion. From there, the process of preparing for trial, appearing in Court, giving evidence and being cross-examined will be covered. Segments be delivered from the perspective of a health provider, an instructing lawyer and a barrister, to provide allied health and medical health professionals with a holistic understanding of Medico-Legal work. Locations and dates  Workshops will be hosted from 2pm – 5pm on each of the dates and each session will conclude with drinks and canapés