BRAINSPaN, the Brain Impairment Clinician and Researcher Peer Network, is a new multidisciplinary network of clinicians and researchers in the brain impairment (BI) field in Australia. The aim of this group is to share knowledge and skills with peers, and encourage translation of research findings into clinical practice. BRAINSPaN is the first group in Australia to facilitate BI skill sharing through peer mentoring. We hope that participation in this network will improve evidence-based practice and ultimately optimise outcomes for people with brain impairment and their families.
Goals of BRAINSPaN:
- Skill development in evidence-based techniques and interventions in the BI field
- Creation of a “community of practice” in which clinicians using these techniques and interventions can be guided by experienced practitioners, researchers and peers
- Faster translation of research findings into practice
- Information exchange between researchers and clinicians to help pinpoint areas for future research that will have a measurable impact on clinical practice.
How BRAINSPaN operates:
The group uses a blend of communication methods, including:
- a Google group, BRAINSPaN@googlegroups.com, within which BRAINSPaN members can discuss topics and email the group with information or questions
- this website, which can be used to upload resources and links
- opportunities to connect face-to-face, e.g. at ASSBI conferences
Discussion topics on the Google group can be focused on anything relevant to the goals of BRAINSPaN, including how to develop skills in particular assessment and intervention techniques, consultation on difficult cases, and notification of recent research findings. Any BRAINSPaN member can lead or contribute to any discussion thread. The moderators will oversee the operations of the network. The BRAINSPaN moderators are:
- Dr Dana Wong, Clinical Neuropsychologist (Victoria)
- Dr Emmah Doig, Occupational Therapist (Queensland)
- Dr Joanne Steel, Speech Pathologist (New South Wales)
How to join BRAINSPaN:
ASSBI members are automatically joined up as part of their membership. If ASSBI members wish to opt out of BRAINSPaN, you can unsubscribe by emailing BRAINSPaNfirstname.lastname@example.org.
For non-ASSBI members wishing to join BRAINSPaN, please follow these steps:
- You will need to create a Google account if you do not currently have one. Go to https://accounts.google.com/SignUp and create a username and password. Note: all emails from BRAINSPaN (including digest message) will be sent to the address you use for your Google account.
- Once your account is set up, sign into Google at https://groups.google.com/forum/#!overview from the box in the top right corner
- Click on the search bar and enter ‘BRAINSPaN’
- Click on BRAINSPaN, then ‘apply to join group’, and a pop up box will appear
- Select your preferences for email delivery frequency from the drop down box, and any other preferences (e.g. account appearance)
- Provide a brief description of your current role within the brain impairment field in Australia
- Click the blue box Apply to join this group
- Please include your name, qualifications, and details of your area of work or study in BI.
- Once your application is approved by the moderator, you will be sent an email confirming membership, with a link to the BRAINSPaN group: https://groups.google.com/forum/#!forum/brainspan
- You can post or reply to topics on BRAINSPaN either by posting on the online forum, or by sending an email to BRAINSPaN@googlegroups.com which will post to all group members
Members with a Google account may access their account at anytime and update email preferences on the website: https://groups.google.com/forum/#!forum/brainspan
To unsubscribe, send email to BRAINSPaNemail@example.com
Posting on BRAINSPaN
To post to BRAINSPaN members, email: BRAINSPaN@googlegroups.com
To reply to a message, post ‘reply all’ to send your message to all members.
We welcome your participation and please enjoy this opportunity to engage in an online community of interdisciplinary collaboration, skill sharing and research translation.
- Include your signature with all posts, with your name, designation and workplace.
- Include a relevant subject topic for threads so that topics may be searched.
- Do not change the subject topic within the thread (i.e. begin a new topic if needed).
- Please trim posts when replying to remove previous emails.
- Ensure you maintain client confidentiality at all times.
- All posts must maintain a professional code of conduct.
- If posting resources please acknowledge original source and/or authors.
- When posting published material ensure you abide by copyright laws.
- Please state any conflict of interest when recommending events, resources, and publications.
- Any emails requesting research participation or surveys must be forwarded to the moderator for consideration prior to posting to the group (including reminders for these).
- The moderators can be contacted if you are in doubt about the suitability of your post, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com or firstname.lastname@example.org
- Remember this is a public forum: do not send any personal information, or any information you would not wish forwarded to others.
- Do not send private responses to the whole group. Consider whether your reply should be for the whole group rather than to the original post.
- Ensure you abide by your workplace policy on email etiquette.
Resources & videos
All videos are posted on BRAINSPaN’s vimeo site.
Resources discussed on BRAINSPaN
- Mild TBI guidelines
- Paper on outcome measures for adult TBI.
Outcome instruments in moderate-to-severe adult traumatic brain injury: recommendations for use in psychosocial research
Cynthia A. Honan, Skye McDonald, Robyn Tate, Tamara Ownsworth, Leanne Togher, Jennifer Fleming, Vicki Anderson, Angela Morgan, Cathy Catroppa, Jacinta Douglas, Heather Francis, Travis Wearne, Linda Sigmundsdottir, and Jennie Ponsford
Neuropsychological Rehabilitation (online early)
- Aphasia Rehab Pathway’s summary of assessment tools commonly used by SPs.
- The Summer Foundation’s sample NDIS plans to share with people aged under 65 years living in, or at risk of entering, residential aged care (RAC) and their families, supporters, guardians or nominees.
- NSW motor accident authority guidelines on neuropsychological assessment of children and adults with TBI.