2021 Reddihough Symposium

In case you missed it, here are the recordings from the 2021 Reddihough Symposium.


The Reddihough Symposium is named after Professor Dinah Reddihough AO, a pioneering clinician, researcher and educator in the field of neurodisability.

This symposium embodies our department’s key values: best care, compassion, commitment, advocacy and leadership  and is suitable for paediatricians, medical and nursing staff, allied health and education professionals.

The symposium commenced with a Grand Round presentation followed by short oral presentations.

Full program


GRAND ROUND:  The Power of Expectation.

Ms Kirsten Deane, General Manager, Melbourne Disability Institute

Mr Joel Deane, Poet, Novelist, Journalist, Speechwriter

Ms Sophie Deane

View recording here 

Sophie Deane is a 20 year old young woman with some pretty big ideas about what she would like to do with her life. She has just finished school and is keen to get on and find a job, move out of home, travel – and maybe even get married. She would like the chance to tell you more about those hopes and dreams.


Kirsten and Joel are Sophie’s Mum and Dad. Since Sophie’s diagnosis 20 years ago, they have heard many predictions about what their daughter’s life could and would be like. None bear much resemblance to the life Sophie is going to tell you about. So they would like the chance to tell you how and why those predictions missed the mark – and why they think expectation is far more powerful than prediction.


Kirsten Deane is the General Manager at the Melbourne Disability Institute. An interdisciplinary institute based at the University of Melbourne, the work of MDI is focused on providing much needed evidence, data and research to address the complex problems faced by people with disability in this country. Prior to joining MDI, Kirsten was the Campaign Director for Every Australian Counts, the grassroots campaign that fought for the introduction of the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS). She has a long standing interest in disability research, policy and advocacy and in 2015 was awarded an OAM for her services to the disability community.


Joel Deane is a poet, novelist, journalist and speechwriter. His most recent poetry collection, Year of the Wasp, was written in the aftermath of a stroke — and was a finalist for the Prime Minister’s Literary Award. His non-fiction debut, Catch and Kill: The Politics of Power, was a finalist for the Walkley Book Award. His third novel will be published in 2021.



COVID-19 Pandemic:  An opportunity to address the needs of people with disability and their families.

Dr Jacqueline Small, Developmental Paediatrician, Senior Staff Specialist, Disability Specialist Unit, Sydney Local Health District; President Elect RACP



Experiences of bullying among young people with disability: impacts on mental health

Dr Tania King, Dame Kate Campbell Senior Research Fellow, Disability & Health Unit/ Centre for Health Equity, Melbourne School of Population and Global Health, The University of Melbourne



Supporting families during “unprecedented” times – why holistic care is more important than ever

Dr Alice Morgan, Senior Clinical Psychologist, Coordinator of Clinical Psychology, Royal Children’s Hospital; Honorary Fellow, Murdoch Children’s Research Institute



Child and family well-being during COVID – findings from the Neurodevelopment & Disability EXTEND study

Dr Kate Milner, Paediatrician, Royal Children’s Hospital; Clinician Scientist Fellow, Murdoch Children’s Research Institute


The NDD Parent wellbeing clinic:  A multidisciplinary team-based approach to supporting parental mental health

Dr Georgina Cox, Clinical Psychologist; Ms Ingrid Sutherland, Clinical Nurse Consultant, Neurodevelopment & Disability (NDD), Royal Children’s Hospital




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