Combined 11th Australasian Academy of Cerebral Palsy and Developmental Medicine and the 3rd International Alliance of Academies of Childhood Disabilities 'Better Together' Conference 2022

Call for Symposia

Call for Focused Symposia and Current Debates/Controversies

The Scientific Committee invites you to submit abstracts now for Focused Symposia and Current Debates/Controversies. Future calls will be made for scientific free papers, posters, instructional courses, breakfasts, PhD platforms and other presentation types. We engage multi-centre, multi-country submissions from both high and low resource settings. This will be a hybrid conference and presenters can plan to attend in person or virtually. We welcome in-person, virtual and hybrid presentations. This does not need to be specified at the time of your submission.

The deadline for submission is: 23:59 (AEST) 31st October 2020

Submit your abstract here

Focused Symposia

Definition: Symposia are sessions that examine important issues from a variety of perspectives. During these sessions, alternative solutions, interpretations and points of view on a body of knowledge within the field are presented. Symposia that include presenters from different disciplines, career stage (early career researchers encouraged) and include cross-cutting themes relevant to the overall meeting, as well as the program tracks are strongly encouraged. Symposia that include presenters from different countries in high and low resource settings are encouraged to highlight the variability in practice or research knowledge in varying contexts. A symposium typically includes one chair, 3-4 presenters and/or discussants. The chair can also serve as one of the presenters and/or discussant. If two symposia are proposed on a similar topic, the conference committee may encourage joining of symposia.

Submission Format: Chair (required); Presenter (required); Discussant (optional); Author (optional) Minimum of 3 participants. Include a session title, description, and a topic outline with individual presentation titles/descriptions.

Presentation Format: Total time allocation for session is 90 minutes. Introduction of each presenter and overall topic by chair (10 minutes); each presenter discusses their position (10 minutes); presenters continue discussion; chair will prompt discussion between presenters. Audience Q&A is encouraged for the last 15 minutes of the presentation.

Debate/Current Controversies

Definition: Expert panellists with different opinions have the opportunity to engage in a debate to provide different views (preferably opposite from each other) on a particular issue. The session will be heavily moderated by a Chair/Moderator. Debates/Controversies that include presenters from different perspectives/ different countries and or continents are encouraged to highlight the variability in practice or research knowledge in varying contexts.

Submission Format: Chair/Moderator (required); Presenters (minimum of 2; maximum of 4). Minimum of 3 participants. Include a session title, description, and a topic outline with individual presentation titles/descriptions.

Presentation Format: Total time allocation for session is 90 minutes. Introduction by moderator (5 minutes); each panellist defends their position (5-10 minutes); panellists get into debate and provide supplementary points (5 minutes each); moderator will ask different questions to challenge each position; maximum amount of time for panellist presentations 60 minutes; 30 minutes to be reserved for discussion. Q&A for five minutes is encouraged after every section of the debate.

Submissions are welcomed over a wide range of conditions and themes;

Conditions

  • Acquired brain injury
  • Autism Spectrum Disorder
  • Cerebral palsy
  • Cerebral visual impairment
  • Chromosomal disorders
  • Neonatal Brachial Plexus palsy
  • Neuromuscular disorders
  • Spinal Bifida
  • Spinal cord injury and disease
  • Other

Themes

  • Adults and transitional care
  • Aetiology, epidemiology and causal mechanisms
  • Care in lower resource settings
  • Clinical Practice Guidelines, Care Pathways
  • Cognitive rehabilitation
  • Communication and assistive devices
  • Consumer engagement, social policy and service delivery
  • Disability management during a pandemic / disaster
  • Early detection, neonatal care and early interventions
  • Family/caregiver health and wellbeing
  • Genomics
  • Indigenous and First Nations people and disability
  • Intensive motor interventions
  • Knowledge translation and implementation
  • Living and planning for pandemics and disasters
  • Mental health and wellbeing
  • Movement disorders and Hypertonia/hypotonia management
  • Neuroscience and neuroimaging
  • New technologies, innovations and robotics
  • Nutrition, diet, feeding and oropharyngeal dysphagia
  • Orthopaedics, muscle and bone health
  • Pain
  • Participation
  • Physical activity, fitness and sports/leisure
  • Physical rehabilitation/habilitation
  • Preclinical studies, neuroprotection, prevention & neural repair
  • Sleep
  • Telehealth
  • Vision
  • Other
Key Dates
Free Paper/Poster/Instructional Course
Open February 2021
Registration
Opens March 2021
Scholarship Applications
Open February 2021
Late breaking abstracts
Open September 2021
AusACPDM / IAACD 2022 in Melbourne
Pre-conference 28th February, 1st March 2022
Conference dates 2nd March - 5th March, 2022
Acknowledgement of Country

Better Together 2022 acknowledges Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples as the Traditional Custodians of the land and sea in which we live and work, we recognise their continuing connection to land, sea and culture and pay our respects to Elders past, present and future.