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Mathilde Chevignard
Dr Mathilde Chevignard is a Medical Doctor specialised in Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation.
She works in a Rehabilitation Department devoted to Children and Adolescents with Acquired Neurological Injury, and in an Outreach team devoted to children, adolescents and young adults who sustained Acquired Brain Injury, in the Saint Maurice Hospital in the Paris area, France. The department and the outreach team have
She is a member of the French Reference Center for Childhood Stroke; she is an active member of the European Quality of Survival working group of the International Society of Pediatric Oncology (SIOP-Europe).
She is a board member of the French Speaking Neuropsychological Society, and of the International Pediatric Brain Injury Society (IPBIS).
Her research focus is mostly on outcome measurement and interventions aimed at improving everyday functioning, participation and quality of life following childhood acquired brain injury. She has particular interest in the field of ecological assessment of cognitive and behavioural deficits.
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Bronwyn Hemsley
Professor Bronwyn Hemsley is a Certified Practicing Speech Pathologist and founding Professor of Speech Pathology at The University of Technology Sydney, NSW Australia. The aim of this interactive workshop is to accelerate the change towards health professionals using social media pro-actively to engage with clients and communities online, to grow strong communities of people with communication disability and mealtime difficulties – both multidisciplinary areas of practice impacting people with Traumatic Brain Injury. Bronwyn is a Fellow of Speech Pathology Australia and of the International Society for Augmentative and Alternative Communication. A previous Discovery Early Career Research Award recipient, Bronwyn has provided social media workshops for the International Association for the Scientific Study of Intellectual Disability (IASSIDD) Academy, the Vivid Ideas Sydney Festival in 2016, and Universities in Australia, the United States, Europe, and Australia. Co-founder of @WeSpeechies, she has provided coaching, mentoring, and technical support to countless health professionals worldwide as they commence and move along their journey to developing social media networks.
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Lynne Turner-Stokes
Prof Turner-Stokes is the Northwick Park Professor of Rehabilitation Medicine at King’s College London. In her clinical role, she directs Regional Hyper-acute Rehabilitation Unit (RHRU), Northwick Park. The unit takes patients with severe brain injury from all over South East England, UK
She has over 200 published articles in peer-reviewed journals and has a special interest in outcome measurement in rehabilitation. She has pioneered the development of goal attainment scaling (GAS) as a practical aid to coordinated, person-centred care, and as measure of the achievement of rehabilitation intentions.
She has a special interest in the management of patients with prolonged disorders of consciousness (PDOC) from diagnosis to end of life care. She chairs the Guidelines development group for the Royal College of Physician’s national clinical guidelines for patients in PDOC, and recently led a drive to change the law in England governing decisions about life-sustaining treatments for patients in PDOC.
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Beth Armstrong
Professor Beth Armstrong is Foundation Chair in Speech Pathology at Edith Cowan University in Perth. She leads a multidisciplinary team of Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal researchers focused on improving service delivery and quality of life for Aboriginal people after brain injury. Her research is based on collaborative community and health service provider partnerships including those with WA Aboriginal and Community Controlled Health Services, the WA Department of Health, the Neurological Council of WA and the Stroke Foundation. Professor Armstrong has attracted ongoing funding from the NHMRC to support this program of research.
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Tamara Ownsworth
Associate Prof Tamara Ownsworth is a clinical neuropsychologist with 18 years of clinical and research experience in the brain injury field. She was awarded the National Health & Medical Research Council Public Health Fellowship in 2002 and is now based in the School of Applied Psychology at Griffith University.

Tamara is President Elect of the Australasian Society for the Study of Brain Impairment and a Chief Investigator in the NHMRC Centre of Research Excellence on Brain Recovery. She is also a Committee Member of the Neuropsychological Rehabilitation Special Interest Group of the WFNR and on the Editorial Boards of Neuropsychological Rehabilitation and Brain Impairment. Her main research interests relate to metacognition, psychological adjustment and rehabilitation after brain injury.

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Juli Coffin
Professor Julianne (Juli) Coffin is an Aboriginal Western Australian who has traditional ties to her grandparentts' country in the Pilbara region (Nyangumarta). She is the Ellison Professor Aboriginal Health and Wellbeing at Telethon Kids Institute in the Kimberley. Professor Coffin is a prominent Aboriginal researcher with research expertise in cultural security, education and research across a diverse range of chronic diseases, nutrition, contextualising bullying, and health promotion. With a keen interest in Aboriginal languages and ways of learning Professor Coffin combines her education and cultural learnings to deliver the outstanding translation of research into practice that is always of an impeccable standard.
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Robyn Tate
Robyn is Research Professor within the John Walsh Centre for Rehabilitation Research, Kolling Institute of Medical Research at The University of Sydney. She was founding co-editor of Brain Impairment (1999-2014), the official journal of the ASSBI, and has been an Executive Editor of Neuropsychological Rehabilitation since 2010. Robyn led an international team in developing the Single-Case reporting guideline In BEhavioural interventions (SCRIBE) and was a steering committee member for a similar project: the CONSORT Extension for N-of-1 Trials (CENT). She was also on the WHO ICF steering committee to develop ICF Core Sets for traumatic brain injury. Robyn leads the Brain Injury stream in the John Walsh Centre. Her research agenda builds upon her clinical experience over many years in the rehabilitation of traumatic brain injury. Current research interests include instrument development, evidence-based clinical practice, and the methodology of single-case designs.
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Jennifer Fleming
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Paul Gertler
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Jacinta Douglas
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Alice Theadom
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Richard Siegert
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Tasha Kvelde
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Kerrin Watter
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Courtney Spiteri
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Wendy Longley
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Olivier Piguet
Olivier is an NHMRC Senior Research Fellow and Professor of Clinical Neuropsychology at the University of Sydney. A clinical neuropsychologist with over 20 years clinical experience in the field of ageing and neurodegeneration, he is the co-director of FRONTIER, the frontotemporal dementia clinical research group. Olivier trained in Geneva and Melbourne and completed his PhD at the University of Sydney, followed by a postdoctoral fellowship at MIT. His research investigates early clinical markers of frontotemporal dementia and related younger-onset dementia syndromes. He is particularly interested in the biological correlates underlying changes in social cognition, memory and executive function in these disorders. He has published over 220 peer-reviewed journal articles on these topics.
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Mark Brown
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Matt Thomas
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Dawn Neumann
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Cynthia Honan
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Dianne Mitchell
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Sarah Johnstone
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Em Bould
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Helen Mclean
Rebecca Carbone considers herself a survivor of an ABI, in November 2014 she was diagnosed with a brainstem tumour, 10 hours of surgery resulted in a severe stroke which left her completely paralysed, unable to speak, blind, and with vertigo so severe she could not move, look towards or lay on her right side for six months. Now 5 years on Rebecca has dedicated her life to helping others and supporting them to see a positive future in their recovery. Rebecca is passionate about empowering others, believing her extraordinary journey has given her a unique perspective that allows her to assist others who desire to create a beautiful masterpiece with their lives. Rebecca volunteers through the WA Peer Support Network, a volunteer at Fiona Stanley Hospital, as a Board member of the Health Consumer Council of Western Australia, and has recently been appointed a director at Ishar Multicultural Women’s Health Service. Jessica Sharp currently works as a Development Facilitator in the Training Centre for sub-acute care (TRACS WA). Jessica has been a Social Worker for nearly 20 years and has specialised in group facilitation, and training. Jessica is a compassionate person who has a strong belief in justice and everyone being treated fairly. Jessica works from a collaborative, her strengths are engagement and relationships with all stakeholders! She is dedicated to improving the health and wellbeing of all.
Helen Mclean currently works as a Development Facilitator in the Training Centre for sub-acute care (TRACS WA). Helen has over 40 years of nursing/midwifery experience Helen has a wealth of experience as a clinician, as an educator and also in setting up sustainable, patient and family friendly services. Helen’s passion for person- centred care has seen her recognised in a number of awards including being a finalist in the WA Health Nursing Awards 2013 and for her work in Aboriginal Health in 2018. Helen’s philosophy is: patients and their loved ones must always be
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Libby Witts
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Rebecca Carbone
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Libby Callaway
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Scott Thomas
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Megan Topping
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Elizabeth Beadle
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Kate Gould
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Michelle Kelly
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Rebecca Jamwal
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Che Phillips
After graduating in 2008 with a double degree in Physiotherapy & Exercise Science, in 2009 I suffered a Diffuse Axonal Brain Injury and recovered to a point where I returned to work as a Physiotherapist. I have since specialized in treating Community based ABI/TBI clients on the Gold Coast, Melbourne, London & New Zealand. In each of the geographical areas I have worked, I have been asked to present the story of my accident, recovery and life after Brain Injury . These include talks at the ‘National Hospital for Neurology’ & ‘Kings College Hospital’ in London, Monash Health - Slow To Recover department & ‘BrainLink’ in Victoria, Gold Coast University Hospital (GCUH) & John Flynn Private Hospital in Queensland and ‘Laura Fergusson Trust’ here in Christchurch.
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Alena Murray
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Katherine Cameron
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Nina Wegener
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Melissa Brunner
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Emmah Doig
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Jasvinder Sekhon
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Joanna Shorland
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Angelita Martini
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Jennie Ponsford
Jennie Ponsford, AO, BA (Hons), MA (Clin Neuropsych), PhD, MAPsS, is a Professor of Neuropsychology and Director of Clinical Programs in the School of Psychological Sciences at Monash University and Director of the Monash-Epworth Rehabilitation Research Centre at Epworth Hospital in Melbourne. She has spent 38 years engaged in clinical work and research with individuals with brain injury, investigating outcomes following mild, moderate and severe traumatic brain injury, factors predicting outcome and the efficacy of rehabilitative interventions. She has published over 310 journal articles and book chapters and two books on these subjects. She is Past-President of the International Neuropsychological Society, the International Association for the Study of Traumatic Brain Injury and the Australasian Society for the Study of Brain Impairment, and serves on the Executive of the International Brain Injury Association and ASSBI. In 2013 she was awarded the Robert L. Moody prize for Distinguished Initiatives in Brain Injury and Rehabilitation and in 2015 the INS Paul Satz Career Mentoring Award. In 2017 she was made an Officer of the Order of Australia for her distinguished contributions to neuropsychology and seminal advances in the diagnosis, treatment and rehabilitation of patients with traumatic brain injury.
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Amanda Lane-Brown
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Ilaria Pozzato
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Cathy Bucolo
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Virginia Mitsch
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Eve Roseingrave
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Di Winkler
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Nicola Kayes
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Jocelyn White
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Brooke Rendell-Anderson
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Lynne Turner-Stokes
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Kimberley Wallis
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Sarah Jeffery
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Adam Schickerling
Adjunct Research Fellow - Adam Schickerling has over 20 years’ experience within the government and community sectors in a variety of nationally oriented general management and executive management roles, with qualifications in Applied Science, Disability, Management and Training. With experience in business improvement and organisational development functions, Adam has expertise in leading national expansion and growth strategies focusing on disability and community care. Adam brings extensive experience in innovation, quality improvement, practice and product development. Adam's experience is strongly grounded in community capacity building and supporting community responses to realise health and social outcomes.
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Janine Taylor
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Joanne Lawrence
Joanne is a registered psychologist and is in the final year of the Doctor of Psychology (Clinical Psychology and Clinical Neuropsychology) at the University of Queensland. She has worked in child and adult outpatient ABI rehabilitation settings and is passionate about providing brief psychological and psychological interventions necessary to ensure positive rehabilitation outcomes. Joanne also works as a counsellor at Kids Helpline where her role has involved supporting the emotional well being and mental health of young people across Australia.
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Clare Morgan
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Barbra Zupan
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Rebecca Seeney
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Freyr Patterson
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Dana Wong
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Stacey Oliver
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Charmaine Kai Ling Leow
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Taylor Jenkin
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Irwin Gill
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Alana Collins
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Molly Clark
Molly has completed her Doctor of Medicine at the age of 25 years from the University of Melbourne Medical School in 2019. She will be completing her internship in 2020, with an interest in paediatric and rehabilitation. She completed this research as part of her Doctor of Medicine Research Project in the final year of her medical degree, the research was conducted at the Royal Children’s Hospital.
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James Ogilvie
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Kellie Stagg
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Amy Ford
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Emma Finch
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Rebecca Leeson
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Alinka Fisher
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Mandy Nielsen
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Skye McDonald
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Joanne Steel
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India Bohanna
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Kate D'Cruz
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Natalie Ciccone
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Aislinn Laylor
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Reem Rendell
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Jade Hurst
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Liza MacClean
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