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This is where you'll find out what's going on at ASSBI, all the news on Brain Impairment and opportunities in other countries across the world.

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Project Notes (referred to by Robyn in the Newsletter)

CYBERABILITY: Understanding, preventing and treating cybercrime after acquired brain injury

More people than ever are using the internet and social media for connecting with people, finding out information and entertainment.              
In community brain injury rehabilitation, online tools, apps and smartphone features can be extremely helpful. But like with other tools, its important to understand how to use them safely, and what to do if you need help. Unfortunately, there are individuals and organisations around the world that try to scam people out of money and private information. In Australia, $107 million was stolen through scams last year (Source: Scamwatch), and the number keeps growing. Scams can happen to anyone, even those who think they are switched on to this. Romance Scams are one of the most common types, and can cause not just financial loss, but significant heartbreak and distress. People with brain injury may be additionally vulnerable as they are often looking for social connection or a relationship. Once they have been scammed,
it can also be much harder to realise it was a scam and take steps to get out of it.

Dr Kate Gould is a Clinical Neuropsychologist and Monash University Research Fellow. Together with her client, Colin Brokenshire, Kate has been co-designing and delivering advocacy training about improving Cyberability after brain injury for the last four years. This work has been recognised by the ASSBI Clinical Innovation Award (2018). Funded by the Allen Martin Research Scholarship Award (2018) through the Summer Foundation, Kate is currently leading the Cyberability team in conducting a world first study into understanding and improving online safety after brain injury. Kate and Colin have joined with Anna Holliday from Li-Ve Tasmania and another consumer with lived experience, Alf Archer, to conduct an awareness building campaign on understanding, preventing and treating cyberscams after brain injury. Their series of workshops in Melbourne and Tasmania and webinar in July 2019 have been well received by the clinical community, with particular value placed on Colin and Alf’s stories of their own experiences with scams. Findings from their clinician survey and workshop evaluation will form the foundation of both clinical knowledge and practice in this new area, supporting people’s “cyberability” so that they can benefit from the safe use of technology in neurorehabilitation and their everyday life.


Pictures (L-R) Alf Archer, Dr Kate Gould, Anna Holliday, Colin Brokenshire

Words from your President
See news blog below

Lots of researchers NEED your help this quarter, have a look and see if you can help if you need help, email us and we'll post it here too

I'LL HELP

Information from your Student Ambassadors

Go to the Students Page

Report on the 2019 Conference from William Levack

Story boards from the ASSBI/NZRA Conference

Information on the 43rd ASSBI Conference

GO TO THE CONFERENCE PAGE

Information from the Editors of Brain Impairment
David Andrewes and Pamela Snow, both long-time founding members of ASSBI, tendered their resignation from the Editorial Board of Brain Impairment at the last EB meeting in NZ in May. The Editors, members of the Editorial Board, Executive Committee and members of ASSBI thank them both for their service. For more info go to BI page

Chief Executive Officer's Report

FREE THINGS! Now we've got your attention: we are offering a free month of ASSBI membership for September and October only. BONUS: if you're referred by a current member, both you AND the current member will get ANOTHER free month of membership! How good is that? CLICK HERE for membership: 

I’d like to thank Matthew for taking a pile of work off these shoulders, you are doing a great job Matt.

        We have a new ABSTRACT SUBMISSION PORTAL, we will now be using CVENT to submit abstracts. This means that we will be using the same system across abstract submission, registration and the APP. Look out for your email invitation to submit an abstract.

        Apart from ASSBI, The NR-SIG-WFNR and the CCD Bi-Annual Symposium are both opening their Call for Abstracts within the month  (go to World Events). Their conferences will be held in Austria and Melbourne in July 2020.

Cheers, Margaret Eagers, CEO

NEWS Article
We are featuring the winner of the Douglas/Tate Prize for 2018 in this issue

ARTICLE  2018 Volume 19, Special Issue 2 (Mild Traumatic Brain Injury) Brain Impairment
Theadom, A; Barker-Collo, S; Greenwood, A; Parmar, P; Jones, K; Starkey, N; McPherson, K and Feigin VL on behalf of the BIONIC Research Group


Do Mild Traumatic Brain Injury Severity Sub-Classification Systems Help to Identify People Who Go on to Experience Long-Term Symptoms?

What the study is about

Up to 95% of traumatic brain injuries (TBI) are classified as being of mild severity. Whilst many individuals who have sustained a mild TBI recover naturally within a few days to weeks, up to half of those affected can experience persistent symptoms and difficulties participating in everyday activities.
Consequently, there is a need to unravel the wide heterogeneity in mild TBI and identify people who are more likely to need clinical treatment to facilitate their recovery. The challenges are that classification systems need to be easy to implement within a busy clinical environment, capture the full breadth of possible presentations and have high predictive validity. This study aimed to identify sub-classification systems for mild TBI and to determine their utility in predicting outcome.
What we did

We conducted a systematic review to identify mild-TBI sub-classification systems published until March 2016. Systems were included in the review if they graded mild-TBI into two or more categories, were an independent system (the most up to date version of a system was used) and did not require specialist physical assessment or MRI or CT scans (which would not be feasible to implement in a community setting.
We classified a sample of 290 adults who had experienced a mild-TBI according to each of the identified sub-classification systems based on their medical records at the time of injury. Assessment data on reported post-concussion symptoms experienced at 1-year post injury collected as part of a previous research study was then extracted for these participants. A series of ANOVAs and regression models were used to determine whether each sub-classification system could distinguish between outcomes.
What we found
Nineteen different subclassification systems were identified as part of the review. The proportions of mild-TBI participants classified into the different sub-classification grades varied considerably between different systems. The systems were based on a range of factors including period of loss of consciousness, worst Glasgow Coma Score and acute symptoms such as headache, amnesia, vomiting and confusion.  Only one classification system by Saal et al (1991) was able to significantly differentiate the experience of post-concussion symptoms 1-year post injury. However, the findings did not remain significant following correction for multiple comparisons and inclusion of socio-demographic and contextual factors in the regression model. Results from this study reveal that current sub-classification systems based on initial level of consciousness and acute symptoms fail to identify those most at risk of experiencing longer-term post-concussion symptoms. Other factors such as psychological and pre-injury variables may have more influence on longer-term outcomes from mild TBI and need to be explored.
Acknowledgements
The authors would like to thank the Health Research Council of New Zealand who funded the initial
recruitment and collection of data of the mild TBI sample.

NEWS

  • 17 May 2018 09:36 | Anonymous

    August 4: Webinar "Executive Functions and the Frontal Lobes"

    We are pleased to announce a partnership between ASSBI and the Luria Neuroscience Institute in the development of educational research programs. The first instance of this collaboration will be a Webinar entitled "Executive Functions and the Frontal Lobes"

    The webinar by Elkhonon Goldberg, PhD, ABPP will be streamed live on August 4 (Saturday), 1pm - 4pm Australian Eastern Time.

    CLICK HERE for more details and to REGISTER

  • 29 Mar 2018 15:23 | Anonymous

    ASSBI Members have been given access to all the articles from volume 23 of the International Neuropsychological Society's Journal JINS through 31 December 2018. Go to this link to find out more

  • 26 Mar 2018 14:43 | Anonymous

    Watch a video tribute to Kevin Walsh, who was the grandfather of Neuropsychology in Australia. This was put together by Prof Skye McDonald and features ASSBI Fellows and former colleagues of Kevin's reminiscing. 

  • 6 Mar 2018 08:23 | Anonymous

    I can’t believe it’s already March and the time for our first 2018 newsletter is here. For that matter I feel like I’m still adjusting to the idea of 2018! So luckily 2018 brings with it numerous exciting events and opportunities to connect with your ASSBI colleagues and share wisdom across lots of developing and new practice areas. Indeed, we start the year with an excellent workshop just around the time corner on 26 March. This full day workshop, sponsored by Shine Lawyers, brings together the expert knowledge of Associate Professor Carolina Bottari and Professor Sylvain Giroux from Canada. Their workshop is entitled Real people, Real life: Evaluations, cognitive assistance and smart homes for adult individuals with moderate or severe TBI and you can choose to attend in person in Sydney or through our live streaming option. For further information: View Event Details.

    This rapid flow of time also means that our 41st Brain Impairment Conference, 3-5 May, in Adelaide is almost here check it out. Yes the early bird registration closes on April 1st – so don’t be foolish and miss out. Working to reflect our conference theme, Connecting and Collaborating in Rehabilitation, Liz Williams and her conference team have assembled a stellar team of keynote speakers and produced a programme covering a broad range of interests and topic areas across multiple disciplines. I look forward to seeing you there and catching up in person.

    You will have recently received an email reminding you about the ASSBI Early Clinical Innovation Award. This award is designed to recognise innovation in the field of brain impairment consistent with our mission to improve the lives of individuals and families affected by progressive and non-progressive neurological conditions across the lifespan. For the purposes of this award, an early career clinician is defined as someone who was awarded their highest level of qualification within the last 10 years (career disruptions such as maternity, sick or carer leave are also taken into consideration). So if you are a clinical innovator or know someone who is, we’d love to receive an application from you by 15 March (Click here to download an application form).

    In closing, let me say I hope the year has had a good start for you all and continues in that vein (or better) through 2018.

    Warmest wishes,

    Jacinta Douglas, President

     

  • 11 Dec 2017 11:48 | Anonymous

    We hope you are enjoying your new website and received the latest ASSBI Newsletter last week. 

    The new website has many features and you are able to immediately benefit from one of them - the ability to update your contact details and assist us in sending you relevant information.

    How to Update Your Contact Details:

    When you get a chance over the Christmas/New Year break please go to the new website and login to your profile by clicking the member login at the top of the home page. and entering your email. 

    If this is the first time you have used the new website, you will need to create a new password by clicking on the forgotten password link and following the online prompts.

    You may also use this link if you forget your password in future.

    Once logged in, you can update all aspects of your profile including your full contact details and information on your role. 

    As part of our data segmentation strategy and the drive to improve our communications with you, we ask that you complete one compulsory field on your first login - the discipline field. This will enable us to send relevant communications to you and to understand more about the breakdown of our community. 

    Please select the most relevant discipline from those available in the drop down list.

    Thank you for your assistance with this and our efforts to improve our engagement with you, our community.

    ASSBI Journal - Brain Impairment.

    We have received many enquiries about member logins for the ASSBI Journal Brain Impairment.

    To clarify, please continue to use the login you have always used to access the Journal.  As a reminder, access to the Journal is for members only. If you would like to gain access to the Journal and a number of other ASSBI member benefits, please follow this link.

    We hope you continue to enjoy your new website and look forward to receiving your continued feedback on ways we can improve both the site and the way we work with you towards improving the lives of people with brain impairment.


  • 7 Dec 2017 16:34 | Anonymous

    ASSBI is deeply saddened by the death of Dr Kevin Walsh, at the age of 92, on 4th December 2017. 

    Read more.....

  • 7 Dec 2017 15:20 | Anonymous

    It is with heavy heart that we come to the end of our 40th anniversary year with the loss of our founder, Dr Kevin W. Walsh, who passed away on Monday 4 December, 2017 aged 92 years. Kevin was an inspiration to us all and a friend and mentor to so many. I have heard Kevin frequently described with numerous superlatives capturing his amazing expertise across the full range of clinical, teaching and research practice in neuropsychology. Expertise however was not his only claim to fame, he was a warm, compassionate, wise and insightful man, a leader with a unique knack of challenging old ideas and planting the seeds for many new ones. Kevin will be missed far and wide by all who had the privilege of crossing paths with him.  Thank you so much Kevin for getting us started and for keeping us going over so many years.

     As the year closes and I reflect on the impressive quantum of activity that captures the ASSBI commitment to working together to improve the lives of people with brain impairment, there is much to be proud of. We have a strong membership with well over 400 members across multiple disciplines in all states. We continue to grow our commitment to the region and also more broadly with an eye to international collaboration. From a regional perspective, it is exciting to be planning our 2019 conference in Wellington, New Zealand with an aim to collaborate with the New Zealand Rehabilitation Association (NZRA).  Internationally, we have continued our productive dialogue with the International Neuropsychological Society (INS) with a view to both organisations collaborating by sharing information, providing expertise, giving mutual support, and developing joint action in areas of common interest.

    The success of our society rests with numerous people and special 2017 thanks are in order to many. These include the amazing committee members; you can see them one and all https://assbi.com.au/Committees including Margaret our CEO who I can say confidently is without rival anywhere, our corporate partners Shine Lawyers who continue to give us such valuable support, the 2017 conference committee with Dana Wong at the helm who delivered our fabulous 40th anniversary event in Melbourne – the largest ever stand-alone ASSBI conference with 445 delegates (You can refresh any waning memories and bring an ASSBI smile to your face by a visit to https://assbi.com.au/resources/Documents/2017%20Conference%20Report.pdf.); the 2018 conference committee members so ably led by Liz Williams who have created a marvellous program to entice you all to Adelaide https://assbi.com.au/ASSBI-Conferences and all the contributors to our rich and varied workshop and webinar program for 2017.

    I would like to close my thanks with a particular special mention to Mike Hennessy who not only has tirelessly and expertly supported our web presence over many years but who also on his retirement has overseen the transition to the new site. Mike your contribution to ASSBI has been immeasurable and your quiet, supportive, reliable presence will be sorely missed – thank you 

    Warmest wishes for the holiday season and a new year full of pleasant surprises,

    Jacinta Douglas, President

  • 7 Dec 2017 15:18 | Anonymous

    I am very proud of the new website from Wild Apricot. This took a lot of work from a lot of people. I’d like to thank our President Jacinta for her unfailing support of me whilst this gruelling challenge took place.

    Michael Sugg from Advance Web Design for his sense of humour, patience with me and my non-techy way of dealing with things and hours of behind the scenes hard work dealing with outside forces such as CVENT, G-Suite, PayPal and of course Wild Apricot themselves to get it to where it is now.

    And last, but definitely not least, huge thanks to Mike Hennessy for the 25+ years of looking after the old website and his help with the transition to the new one.

    Cheers, Margaret Eagers, EO


  • 7 Dec 2017 15:15 | Anonymous

    ASSBIS' multidisciplinary Journal.

    The third issue of Volume 18 concludes another successful year for Brain Impairment with a growing number of submissions to the journal (68 to date this year). This has allowed us to start to build a bank of papers available online on FirstView awaiting allocation to an issue. 

    Members are invited to check out some of these which will comprise a world class special issue on Quantitative Data Analysis guest edited by Robyn Tate and Michael Perdices to be published early in 2018.  

    We would like to thank our guest editors, Editorial Board members and the many other reviewers who have contributed to the success of Brain Impairment in 2017. 

    As always we are indebted to Jan Ewing and the Publications Committee for ongoing support in moving the journal forwards and to Margaret Eagers for her tireless management of all things administrative.

    You should have received login instructions when you joined ASSBI, if you require any help with this please email Margaret

    Jennifer Fleming and Grahame Simpson
    Co-Editors


  • 7 Dec 2017 15:10 | Anonymous

    The full webinar programme for 2018 will be advertised in the new year on the Professional Development Page.

    If you would like to see someone give a workshop in your State or know of anyone coming to Australia in 2018 who would like to give a workshop or webinar for ASSBI members, please email Margaret and we will endeavour to organise a full/half day workshop or a one-hour webinar.

    2017 Webinar Series

    #assbiwebinars

    We had technical difficulties with Prof Vicki Anderson’s webinar. Vicki will endeavour to tape this and I’ll get it out to the people who have registered ASAP. Michael Perdices webinar is all set for 12th December. Click here for information on all the webinars and speakers. Webinars go for 1 hour from 12.30pm – 1.30pm Sydney/Melbourne time and they are all available as an MP4 for you to watch at your leisure once purchased.

    2018 Workshops

    #assbiworkshops

    Jennie Ponsford, Adam McKay and Dana Wong will be giving a full day workshop live in Perth and streamed to the rest of the country on 26th February entitled: The nature and treatment of sleep disturbance and fatigue following brain injury. This workshop is brought to you by Brightwater Care Group, Monash University and ASSBI.  will also be streamed around the country – there will be 2 payment tiers, one for attendance in Perth and one for streaming. Click here for more information and to register.


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