Back in the March edition of the newsletter, I began this column by commenting on the numerous exciting events ahead for 2018 including our 41st Brain Impairment Conference in Adelaide. Now in June, I can begin the column by reflecting not only on the wonderful success of the conference but also the enjoyment of Connecting and Collaborating that accompanied the event. Truly enormous thanks are due to Liz Williams and her team who worked tirelessly to produce a fabulous multifaceted experience for delegates. We had the privilege of being part of the “This is me” art exhibition which profoundly set the scene for the conference through sharing the work of South Australian artists and their stories of living with brain impairment. The artwork created such a strong feeling of connection and permeated the entire event. Caleb Rixon’s powerful personal keynote address set the programme proper off to an exceptional start from the insider’s perspective – wisdom and entertainment so skilfully crafted! Through workshops, keynote addresses, how to sessions and platform, datablitz and poster presentations, research, knowledge and skills were there to be sampled across the broad range of ASSBI interests.
I would also like to congratulate all our award winners announced at the conference. Our award winners are typically selected from an amazing field of candidates and this year was certainly no exception. ASSBI congratulations go to our 2018 winners.
- ASSBI Early Career Clinical Innovation Award: joint winners Rebecca Andrews and Kate Gould.
- The Douglas Tate Award for the best research paper published in 2017 in Brain Impairment was a tie between Renee Roelofs for her paper Roelofs, R., Wingbermühle, E., Egger, J., & Kessels, R. (2017). Social Cognitive Interventions in Neuropsychiatric Patients: A Meta-Analysis. Brain Impairment, 18(1), 138-173. doi:10.1017/BrImp.2016.31 and Nicholas Ryan for his paper: Ryan, N., Mihaljevic, K., Beauchamp, M., Catroppa, C., Crossley, L., Hearps, S., Anderson, V. (2017). Examining the Prospective Relationship between Family Affective Responsiveness and Theory of Mind in Chronic Paediatric Traumatic Brain Injury. Brain Impairment, 18(1), 88-101.
- The Kevin Walsh award for the most outstanding Masters student: Kelly Stagg for her presentation “A scoping review of the working alliance in acquired brain injury rehabilitation”.
- The Luria Award for the most outstanding doctoral candidate: Lee Cubis for his presentation “The importance of staying connected: mediating and moderating effects of social groups on psychological wellbeing after brain tumour”.
- The Travel Award for students: Liz Williams for “Getting on the same wavelength: Clinician’s perspectives of the therapeutic alliance in community brain injury rehabilitation”.
- The Mindlink Brightwater Award for Interdisciplinary research: Glenn Kelly for “The Building Bridges project: Linking disconnected service networks in ABI and criminal justice”.
Now from looking back to our 41st conference it is time to look forward to 2019 and Wellington, NZ where we will be holding our 42nd Brain Impairment conference in collaboration with the New Zealand Rehabilitation Association (NZRA) Biannual conference as the inaugural ASSBI/NZRA Trans-Tasman Conference. The 2018 conference report and details for 2019 can be found on our website https://assbi.com.au/ASSBI-Conferences There is much else on offer as the year progresses so be sure to check out the professional development section of the newsletter.
Learned societies like ASSBI are as strong as you the membership and particularly members who take on a significant role in the continuing work of the organisation. Prof David Shum is one of these generous colleagues and it is with sadness that I acknowledge David’s resignation from the ASSBI executive committee. David has made a substantial contribution to ASSBI over many years across multiple roles including that of President and former associate editor of Brain Impairment. David’s contribution to the work of ASSBI is acknowledged through his recognition as a Fellow of the society. David is returning to Hong Kong and while we will sorely miss him here in AUS, we look forward to our continuing connection and collaboration with him in Hong Kong.
Warmest winter wishes to you all,
Jacinta Douglas, President