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Student Opportunities 

The Carer’s Way Ahead: On-line support for families managing challenging behaviours

We are delighted to announce that we are now taking referrals for an online treatment trial, The Carer’s Way Ahead. The Carer's Way Ahead is an internet based program specifically tailored for Australian carers managing family members with a traumatic brain injury. It is a step by step program teaching families how to manage challenging behaviour in the home.


It is for adults aged 18+ who:

  • Have a family member with a traumatic brain injury
  • Find the behaviour of their family member challenging (i.e., they exhibit aggression, irritability, apathy etc.)
  • Have access to a computer and reliable internet,
  • Are not currently managed under an active treatment plan for the challenging behaviour (i.e., psychological input and ongoing support for their family member)

The program include psychoeducational lessons on brain injury and behaviour, modules addressing specific challenging behaviours (i.e., disinhibition, apathy), and a module on self-care to assist carers/family members manage stress, low mood and other emotional states. Participants will be required to complete one module each week over a six to eight week period. The program is free for research participants and they will receive clinical support throughout the program by a clinical psychologist who is an expert in the field of traumatic brain injury and behaviour management. The flyer is attached – please feel free to distribute.

The study is being carried out by the University of New South Wales by Professor Skye McDonald & Dr Travis Wearne (School of Psychology) together with Associate Professor Jill Newby (The Black Dog Institute, UNSW), Professor Grahame Simpson (Ingham Institute of Applied Medical Research), Ms Samantha Grant & Dr Emily Trimmer (Inspire Psychology) and Dr Paul Gertler (Gertler Psychological Services). This research is being funded by the National Health and Medical Research Council in collaboration with iCare NSW.

For further information please visit our Recruitment site or download the Flyer to learn more.

Alternatively, please don’t hesitate to contact me on t.wearne@unsw.edu.au or (02) 9385 3310


Dr Travis Wearne and The Carer’s Way Ahead Team

Student Awards

Student Ambassadors

We need applications from students to join the ASSBI student representative team for 2020. Please click here to apply.  All inquiries should go to Jonathan at student@exemail.com.au

There are 3 Student Prizes available at the 2020 conference.

All abstracts are peer reviewed by 2 members of the Conference Scientific Committee, then student abstracts are looked over by a sub group of the ASSBI Executive Committee who decided on the winners – these prizes will be handed out on the final afternoon of the conference

Student Prizes - ASSBI

These prizes are awarded to 3 ASSBI student members who attend the conference and present their work in any of the formats (Platform, Datablitz, Poster and How to Session). Students who are awarded a Travel Grant are ineligible for these prizes.

The ASSBI Awards are:

The Kevin Walsh Encouragement Award – in recognition of the most outstanding Masters Degree Student.

The Luria Award – in recognition of the best oral presentation by a doctoral student and the

The Travel Award – in recognition of the best abstract submitted by a student at any level

Brightwater Lyn Beazley and Curtin PhD Scholarship in Brain Injury Rehabilitation

Applications close on 15 February 2020.


Brightwater Care Group in partnership with the Curtin School of Occupational Therapy, Social Work and Speech Pathology and the Faculty of Health Sciences, are offering this joint PhD scholarship in brain injury rehabilitation. Brightwater is a leading WA not-for-profit provider of aged care, disability and retirement services. Professor Lyn Beazley AO, former Chief Scientist of WA, is a generous and long-term advocate of Brightwater, in particular Brightwater’s Oats Street Brain Injury Rehabilitation Centre. The scholarship will provide the recipient the opportunity to have real life experience.


The scholarship consists of a living stipend of $30k per annum for up to 3.5 years plus $5,000 per annum for up to 3 years towards research related expenses.

Click Here to apply

2019 Winners

Winner of the Kevin Walsh Award was Jai Carmichael with the presentation entitled Readiness of Community ABI Therapists to Learn and Implement Positive Behaviour Support: A Mixed-Methods Study

Winner of the Luria Award was Kellie Stag with the presentation entitled Communication impairment and the working alliance in stroke rehabilitation

Winner of the Travel Award was Owen Lloyd with the presentation entitled Impaired Self-Awareness after Paediatric Traumatic Brain Injury: Liability or Protective Factor


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