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 43RD Annual Brain Impairment Conference - 2020


On behalf of the organising committee of the 2020 ASSBI conference, you are warmly invited to Perth to participate in an exciting program of international and national speakers who will reflect on the ways we connect and collaborate together in rehabilitation as individuals, communities, systems and services.

Four workshops and a broad range of papers will be presented from renowned international and national speakers as well as free papers, “how-to” sessions, datablitz presentations and posters.  Bios and titles of presentations can be found below. To be a part of this conference submit an abstract! Click on the link below. You don't have long as we will be closing the portal to submit on 14th October.

Perth, the city of festivals, food, wine, stunning coastline and gateway to beautiful destinations such as Margaret River wine country, towering Karri forests and Rottnest Island.

The committee look forward to seeing you in Perth in 2020 so mark it in your diaries now

Michelle Kelly and Janet Wagland - Co-Convenors







We are holding a Consumer Forum on 6th May from 1pm at Technology Park if you wish to ONLY attend this email Barby Singer to register. your interest.

If you wish to attend this Forum AS WELL as the conference tick the option when you register. 

Invited Keynote Speakers

Professor Mathilde Chevignard - France

Mathilde will be giving a half-day workshop entitled Organization, development and characteristics of services for teenagers and young adults who sustained childhood acquired brain injury: specific challenges and possible solutions and a keynote address entitled Long-term outcomes and transition to adulthood following childhood acquired brain injury.This talk would be based on results of cohorts follow-up we have performed here, in childhood severe TBI (TGE cohort) and in medulloblastoma cohorts)

Dr Mathilde Chevignard is a Medical Doctor specialised in Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation.
She works in a Rehabilitation Department devoted to Children and Adolescents with Acquired Neurological Injury, and in an Outreach team devoted to children, adolescents and young adults who sustained Acquired Brain Injury, in the Saint Maurice Hospital in the Paris area, France.

She is a member of the French Reference Center for Childhood Stroke; she is an active member of the European Quality of Survival working group of the International Society of Pediatric Oncology (SIOP-Europe).
She is a board member of the French Speaking Neuropsychological Society, and of the International Pediatric Brain Injury Society (IPBIS).

Her research focus is mostly on outcome measurement and interventions aimed at improving everyday functioning, participation and quality of life following childhood acquired brain injury. She has particular interest in the field of ecological assessment of cognitive and behavioural deficits.

Professor Lynne Turner Stokes - UK

Lynne will be giving a half-day workshop entitled GAS without tears – finding the right balance for goal setting in rehabilitation and a keynote address entitled: Tough Decisions around Catastrophic Brain Injury – An International Perspective

Prof Turner-Stokes is the Northwick Park Professor of Rehabilitation Medicine at King’s College London. In her clinical role, she directs Regional Hyper-acute Rehabilitation Unit (RHRU), Northwick Park. The unit takes patients with severe brain injury from all over South East England, UK
She has over 200 published articles in peer-reviewed journals and has a special interest in outcome measurement in rehabilitation. She has pioneered the development of goal attainment scaling (GAS) as a practical aid to coordinated, person-centred care, and as measure of the achievement of rehabilitation intentions.

She has a special interest in the management of patients with prolonged disorders of consciousness (PDOC) from diagnosis to end of life care.
She chairs the Guidelines development group for the Royal College of Physician’s national clinical guidelines for patients in PDOC, and recently led a drive to change the law in England governing decisions about life-sustaining treatments for patients in PDOC.

Professor Beth Armstrong - Australia

Beth Armstrong will be co-presenting with Juli Coffin - giving a half-day workshop entitled: What does culturally secure brain injury care look like for Aboriginal Australians? and a keynote address entitled: Improving services for Aboriginal Australians after brain injury: Current initiatives and findings to date 

Professor Beth Armstrong is Foundation Chair in Speech Pathology at Edith Cowan University in Perth. She leads a multidisciplinary team of Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal researchers focused on improving service delivery and quality of life for Aboriginal people after brain injury.  Her research is based on collaborative community and health service provider partnerships including those with WA Aboriginal and Community Controlled Health Services, the WA Department of Health, the Neurological Council of WA and the Stroke Foundation. Professor Armstrong has attracted ongoing funding from the NHMRC to support this program of research.

Professor Juli Coffin - Australia

Juli Coffin will be co-presenting with Beth Armstrong - giving a half-day workshop and a keynote address

Professor Julianne (Juli) Coffin is an Aboriginal Western Australian who has traditional ties to her grandparents' country in the Pilbara region (Nyangumarta). She is the Ellison Professor Aboriginal Health and Wellbeing at Telethon Kids Institute in the Kimberley. Professor Coffin is a prominent Aboriginal researcher with research expertise in cultural security, education and research across a diverse range of chronic diseases, nutrition, contextualising bullying, and health promotion. With a keen interest in Aboriginal languages and ways of learning Professor Coffin combines her education and cultural learnings to deliver the outstanding translation of research into practice that is always of an impeccable standard.

Professor Bronwyn Hemsley - Australia

Bronwyn will be facilitating a half-day workshop entitled Crafting A Robust Social Media Strategic Plan for Professional Practice: Development, Intervention, and Advocacy Online. This workshop is an active-learning forum for delegates aiming to (a) move the evidence base, gathered over the past decade, into their development and implementation of a practice-based social media strategic plan, and (b) increase the safety and enjoyment of health professionals using social media as a communication intervention with clients and as a means to advocate for their client groups.

Bronwyn will also be giving a Keynote Address entitled People with Communication Disability Striving, Thriving, and Surviving as Technology Advances on the use of mainstream technologies, including smart home devices, virtual reality, social media, and 3D printing to improve the participation, inclusion, and safety of people with communication disability and dysphagia.

Professor Bronwyn Hemsley is a Certified Practicing Speech Pathologist and founding Professor of Speech Pathology at The University of Technology Sydney, NSW Australia. The aim of this interactive workshop is to accelerate the change towards health professionals using social media pro-actively to engage with clients and communities online, to grow strong communities of people with communication disability and mealtime difficulties – both multidisciplinary areas of practice impacting people with Traumatic Brain Injury. Bronwyn is a Fellow of Speech Pathology Australia and of the International Society for Augmentative and Alternative Communication. A previous Discovery Early Career Research Award recipient, Bronwyn has provided social media workshops for the International Association for the Scientific Study of Intellectual Disability (IASSIDD) Academy, the Vivid Ideas Sydney Festival in 2016, and Universities in Australia, the United States, Europe, and Australia. Co-founder of @WeSpeechies, she has provided coaching, mentoring, and technical support to countless health professionals worldwide as they commence and move along their journey to developing social media networks.

Professor Robyn Tate - Sydney, Australia

Robyn will be giving the Presidential Address at this conference

Robyn is Research Professor within the John Walsh Centre for Rehabilitation Research, Kolling Institute of Medical Research at The University of Sydney.  She was founding co-editor of Brain Impairment (1999-2014), the official journal of the ASSBI, and has been an Executive Editor of Neuropsychological Rehabilitation since 2010.  Robyn led an international team in developing the Single-Case reporting guideline In BEhavioural interventions (SCRIBE) and was a steering committee member for a similar project: the CONSORT Extension for N-of-1 Trials (CENT).  She was also on the WHO ICF steering committee to develop ICF Core Sets for traumatic brain injury.  Robyn leads the Brain Injury stream in the John Walsh Centre.  Her research agenda builds upon her clinical experience over many years in the rehabilitation of traumatic brain injury.  Current research interests include instrument development, evidence-based clinical practice, and the methodology of single-case designs.   

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Download the Conference Program and Conference Report

Thanks go to our wonderful conference partners


 41st Annual Brain Impairment Conference - 2018

41st ASSBI Annual Brain Impairment Conference – Adelaide SA 2018 convened by Ms Liz Williams

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2018 Conference Programme
2018 Conference Report 

ASSBI would like to thank the following partners for their support of the conference:

Proudly supported by our conference partners


 40th Annual Brain Impairment Conference - 2017

40th ASSBI Annual Brain Impairment Conference – Melbourne 2017 convened by Dr Dana Wong

Looking back to look ahead: 40 years of science, practice and education in brain impairment


2017 Conference Programme 

2017 Conference Report 

ASSBI would like to thank the following partners for their support of the conference:


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