AusCP-CTN Education Theme – General Movements – Brisbane, Cairns, Hobart

31 Jul 2019

As part of AusCP-CTN’s Educational Theme, we hold and facilitate a range of trainings and workshops to upskill researchers and allied health professionals who are working in the field of paediatrics and neuroscience. Partnering with instructors from the General Movements Trust in Italy, and colleagues across the eastern coast of Australia, we’ve held 5 sessions of General Movement trainings, across Brisbane, Cairns, and Hobart in early 2019.

Compelling evidence is now available that qualitative assessment of General Movements (GMs) at a very early age is the best predictor for cerebral palsy. This method has become an important supplement to the traditional kind of neurological examination. The training is provided to The GMs training attracted ~150 attendees (Medical specialists, Neonatologists, Occupational Therapists, Physiotherapists, Registered Nurses, other Allied Health professionals in the field of infant neurology) across the three cities.

Thirty clinicians from Cairns, Townsville and Far North Queensland (including doctors, therapists and indigenous community workers) attended the Basic General Movements Course in Cairns in February conducted by Prof. Andrea Guzzetta from the University of Pisa.

Over the next few months AusCP-CTN will be holding a range of interactive trainings: Systematic Review Workshop, GRADE Analysis, HINE trainings, with more GMs training in Sydney and Melbourne. Please see Events section for further information.

In particular, we will be hosting our 3rd Annual AusCP-CTN Hot Topics in Cerebral Palsy Research Forum, 21st – 22nd October 2019 in Melbourne. In partnership with colleagues at the Monash University, the Forum will be held at the Monash Health Translation Precinct, featuring international invited keynote speakers including:

  • Prof. Bernard Dan (Université libtre de Bruxelles), Neuroprotection and Neuroplasticity in CP;
  • Prof. Alistair Jan Gunn (The University of Auckland), Progress in Neonatal Neuroprotection;
  • Prof. Laura Bennet (The University of Auckland), Biomarkers for detecting the evolution of fetal and neonatal brain injury; and
  • Prof. Yannick Bleyenheuft (Université catholique de Louvain), Intensive motor interventions for children with cerebral palsy.

The 2-day Hot Topics in CP Research Forum will feature presentations from leading researchers and clinicians in the field of neurology and disability in children, to share the latest research outputs on neuroprotection in clinical and pre-clinical trials, harmonisation and automated analysis of neuroimaging, automated assessments of General Movements, and evidence-based rehabilitation.

For more information about 2019 AusCP-CTN Hot Topics in CP Research Forum.