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As our 2020 conference cannot go ahead as planned we are downsizing and going for ASSBI 2020 Conference Bite Size! 

We have planned a series of webinars on Fridays at 1pm (EST) to the end of 2020 highlighting some great papers and sessions from the 2020 Conference plus a few extra that are relevant in these uncertain times.

All the webinars will be going out live and will be available as an MP4 in our ONLINE STORE 5 days afterwards.

Please see below for dates, topic and speakers and CLICK HERE for costs, synopsis' as well as speakers bios. You can also register via this link.


ASSBI 2020 Conference Bite Size is proudly brought to you by


June 19th – FREE 60 minute webinar by Dr Antoinette Hodge and Dr Rebecca Sutherland: Paediatric telehealth - perspectives from research and practice

This FREE presentation will explore the research bases for telehealth with paediatric populations with a focus on assessment of cognition, language and literacy skills in children with diverse needs, including ADHD, autism and language and learning disorders. Practical considerations for working with this population via telehealth will be discussed. REGISTER by clicking ON THIS LINK and registering via Zoom. 
As it has to be restricted to 500 it will be recorded and made available for those unable to attend live on the ASSBI website.


June 26th – Digital technologies in neuro assessment and rehabilitation  90 mins


This 90 minute webinar will feature the undernoted speakers each presenting for 15 minutes and will be followed by live Q & A.


Cost: $120 - non-member, $80 - member & student non-member, $60 - student member


Speakers:

Dr Elizabeth Beadle: Understanding the role of telehealth and implementation into a community brain injury service;

Prof Tamara OwnsworthUse of a telehealth platform to provide psychological support to people with glioma: The Tele-MAST pilot study;

Dr Michelle Kelly: Telehealth-based assessment of cognition, social cognition, mood and functional independence in older adults;

Ms Megan ToppingTraining sector professionals to support people with disability to develop participant led videos: an independent evaluation;

Ms Melissa BrunnerHow can we help people with traumatic brain injury to use social media during rehabilitation and beyond

LIVE Q & A

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July 31st – Managing people with brain injury at home – 90 mins

This 90 minute webinar will feature the undernoted speakers each presenting for 15 minutes and will be followed by live Q & A.

Cost: $120 - non-member, $80 - member & student non-member, $60 - student member

Speakers:

Prof Skye McDonald: The Carers Way Ahead. A new on-line resource to assist families of people with traumatic brain injuries and challenging behaviour

Dr Alinka Fisher: Navigating the challenges in conducting behaviour intervention research with families

Ms Katherine Cameron and Nina Wegener: Now we’re home, how do we keep the conversation going?  An interdisciplinary approach to communication partner training

Ms Jaycie Bohan: “All the things that you don’t think about when you’re leaving hospital…”: client and family member experiences of an ABI transitional rehabilitation service pilot

LIVE Q & A


To see the abstracts click here.

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Prof Skye McDonald: The Carers Way Ahead. A new on-line resource to assist families of people with traumatic brain injuries and challenging behaviour 
Dr Alinka Fisher:
 Navigating the challenges in conducting behaviour intervention research with families
Ms Katherine Cameron and Nina Wegener:
 Now we’re home, how do we keep the conversation going?  An interdisciplinary approach to communication partner training
Ms Jaycie Bohan:
 “All the things that you don’t think about when you’re leaving hospital…”: client and family member experiences of an ABI transitional rehabilitation service pilot


August 21st – Prof Olivier Piguet: Investigating social cognition in dementia syndromes – 60 mins

COST: $100 - non-member; $60 - member & student non-member; $40 - student member

Synopsis of session: Dementias are progressive neurodegenerative brain disorders which manifest clinically in many different forms, depending on the type, location and severity of the underlying pathology. With the ageing of the population, it is becoming urgent to ensure an early and accurate diagnosis. Clinical diagnostic criteria have been proposed in recent years, but these do not generally include social cognition despite the fact that social cognition processes are supported by many of the brain structures that undergo pathological changes in dementia.

This webinar will provide an overview of social cognition (i.e., emotion processing, understanding of social norms, empathy and theory of mind) and review the recent literature pertaining to dementia. It will also highlight how investigations of these features will improve early and accurate diagnosis and inform therapeutic interventions that can have a positive effect, not only on the individual diagnosed with the disease but also on their family members.

Level aimed for: Basic to Intermediate

Learning objectives: By the end of the webinar, attendees will: (i) have an understanding of the main aspects of social cognition, (ii) be able to identify the profiles of social cognition deficits in the main dementia syndromes, and (iii) understand their neural bases.

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September 25th – Prof Beth Armstrong and Prof Juli Cofin: Improving services for Aboriginal Australians after brain injury: Current initiatives and findings to date– 60 mins


This 60 minute webinar is brought to you by Prof Beth Armstrong and Prof Juli Coffin


Cost: $100 - non-member; $60 - member & student non-member; $40 - student member


Synopsis of session: Recent research has provided insights from Aboriginal people with brain injury and their families around their journeys of recovery that involve geographical, cultural and linguistically diverse issues. One of the biggest barriers is communication, and without a culturally secure care in place, many Aboriginal Australians are simply not recovering to their full potential.   The webinar will discuss the notion of cultural security in clinical practice. We will explore the journeys of Aboriginal Australians after stroke and traumatic brain injury, highlighting ongoing challenges faced, as well as family and community resources that assist recovery, and new service initiatives aimed at improving access to rehabilitation. The presentation will also outline a program of research informed by Aboriginal people with brain injury and their families. The research involves the co-design of all new initiatives by Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal researchers, clinicians and Aboriginal community members. The presentation will provide the background to, findings to date and current initiatives to improve service delivery including the WA based Healing Right Way clinical trial – the first of its kind in brain injury involving Aboriginal people specifically.


Level aimed for: Basic to intermediate


Learning Objectives:

  1. Understanding of the concept of cultural security.
  2. Understanding of the challenges faced by Aboriginal people after brain injury as well as community resources available.
  3. Practical ways forward for the implementation of culturally secure care for Aboriginal Australians with brain injury.


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October 23rd – Prof Leanne Togher and Dr Rachael Rietdijk: What works for training communication partners of people with TBI? Lessons learnt from a clinical trial of the TBIconneCT program – 60 mins


This 60 minute webinar is brought to you by Prof Leanne Togher and Dr Rachael Rietdijk


Cost: $100 - non-member; $60 - member & student non-member; $40 - student member


Synopsis of session: Family members, friends, and carers often find it challenging to communicate effectively and positively with a person who has had a traumatic brain injury. Providing training to these communication partners has been found to be an effective approach. TBIconneCT is a manualised communication partner training program, suitable for delivery over telehealth, which was found to have positive outcomes in a clinical trial. This session will provide an overview of (a) the components of the TBIconneCT program, (b) the findings from the TBIconneCT trial and the clinical implications, (c) qualitative feedback from participants regarding the most important parts of the program, and (d) practical advice about working with people with TBI and their communication partners, including incorporating telehealth.


Level aimed for: Basic to Intermediate


Learning objectives: By the end of the session, attendees will: (i) be able to describe the TBIconneCT program, (ii) understand the clinical implications of the TBIconneCT trial findings, (iii) identify the aspects of the TBIconneCT training most valued by people with brain injury and their communication partners, and (iv) learn clinically applicable strategies for working for communication partners of people with TBI.


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November 27th A/Prof Libby Callaway and Prof Grahame Simpson: How to' evaluate mainstream and emerging technologies used for executive function support after brain injury – 60 mins


This 60 minute webinar is brought to you by A/Professor Libby Callaway and Professor Grahame Simpson


Cost: $100 - non-member; $60 - member & student non-member;


Session Synopsis: Emerging technologies in the 21st century offer opportunity to change the way support is delivered to people with acquired brain injury (ABI). Smart home, wearable and mobile technologies, and associated mobile applications, can offer new approaches to compensate for executive dysfunction. The growing range of technologies available hold potential to improve independent living in the community. However, tools to guide consideration and selection of technology for compensatory cognitive support are lacking. This ‘How To’ session will present a new framework for scoping and evaluating key features of technology which may be applied to compensate for executive dysfunction following ABI. Key evaluation domains will be outlined and discussed in detail. Workshop attendees will explore use of the framework via a case scenario (contributed by our team’s lived experience collaborators) to evaluate and consider features of a new movement-sensing technology that can be retrofitted into a home to offer audio-prompting support ustomized to a user’s goals and support needs. There will be an opportunity to provide structured feedback about the utility of the framework based on this applied experience.


Level aimed for: Basic to Intermediate


Learning objectives: At the end of this session, participants will have: Learnt about a new technology scoping framework developed by a research team in collaboration with people with lived experience of acquired brain injury; health professionals; researchers and social and injury insurers;Gained greater understanding of the domains of evaluation necessary when a person is exploring the use of technology for executive function support following ABI;


Been offered opportunity to test and provide feedback on use of this framework, using a case scenario contributed by lived experience collaborators;Contributed feedback which will further inform the framework design and utility.


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