Neurodevelopment and Disability

2020 Reddihough Symposium

Neurodevelopment and Disability proudly presented the 3rd Annual Reddihough Symposium for paediatricians, medical and nursing staff, allied health and education professionals on  Wednesday 29th July 2020.


The symposium commenced with a Grand Round presented by Prof Christine Imms.

Grand Round (1230-1330):

Professor Christine Imms is the newly appointed Apex Australia Foundation Chair of Neurodevelopment and Disability. The Apex Chair is a joint initiative of the Department of Paediatrics at the University of Melbourne, The Royal Children’s Hospital Foundation and Apex Australia Foundation. Christine is an occupational therapist with 17 years of clinical plus 20 years of academic experience. Her research foci are (i) effectiveness of occupational therapy and allied interventions particularly in the field of child-onset disability; (ii) development and testing of valid, reliable outcome measures pertinent to childhood disability; (iii) longitudinal follow-up of participation, health and well-being outcomes for children and families; and (iv) conceptual work about ‘participation’ that resulted in the publication of the family of Participation Related Constructs.

Crafting a preferred future:  How participation research is challenging our child-onset disability foci.

Creating a preferred future implies vision, thoughtfulness and actions. It requires knowledge and skills that are developed over time. To craft a future for ourselves or to contribute to the crafting of another’s future, means we need to think and act creatively and thoughtfully.  In the context of our work, it means we need to ask ourselves: What is my role as a health professional, in the crafting or creating of a preferred future for those living with disability?  In this presentation, I will consider how participation-focused research provides a lens for considering how our work contributes to supporting young people and their families live a good life: that is, one that contains happiness, good health and longevity and positive development towards a preferred future.

View the Grand Round presentation here 



Short sessions (1345-1530):


Stem Cells in Umbilical Blood Infusion for CP (SCUBI-CP) clinical trial: First Data

Dr Kylie Crompton, Research Officer, Neurodisability & Rehabilitation, Murdoch Children’s Research Institute


A New Care Pathway for Respiratory Health in Cerebral Palsy

Dr Monica Cooper, General Paediatrician, Neurodevelopment & Disability



Cerebral Palsy: a population approach to causal pathways

Dr Sue Reid, Senior Research Officer, Neurodisability & Rehabilitation, Murdoch Children’s Research Institute


Genetic investigations in the child with intellectual disability

Prof David Amor, Lorenzo and Pamela Galli Chair, Department of Paediatrics, The University of Melbourne


Using simulation training to teach aggression management for children with autism

Ms Marijke Mitchell, Clinical Nurse Consultant, Neurodevelopment and Disability, RCH


Full Program


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