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 42ND Annual Brain Impairment Conference - 2019

Nau mi, haere mai! Welcome!
Ngā mihi nui kia koutou katoa. On behalf of the organising committee, you are warmly invited to the ASSBI/NZRA Inaugural Trans-Tasman Conference 2019 at Shed 6 in Wellington NZ incorporating the 42nd ASSBI Annual Brain Impairment Conference and the
Bi-Annual New Zealand Rehabilitation Association's Conference - 2nd - 4th May 2019

Click here for your invitation to the conference in wonderful Wellington

Being convened by A/Prof William Levack

A Call for Action

Call for Abstracts opens on 1st September 2018

Registration opens on 1st December 2018

Invited Speakers

Professor Jonathan Evans - Scotland, UK

Jon Evans is Professor of Applied Neuropsychology at the University of Glasgow and honorary Consultant Clinical Psychologist with NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde. Jon was the first Clinical Director of the Oliver Zangwill Centre for Neuropsychological Rehabilitation in Ely, Cambridgeshire. In 2000 he was awarded the May Davidson Award by the British Psychological Society in recognition of his outstanding contribution to the development of clinical psychology within 10 years of qualification. He is now Programme Director for the MSc in Clinical Neuropsychology programme at the University of Glasgow. Jon has published more than 170 papers, books and book chapters in the field of cognitive neuropsychology, neuropsychological assessment and rehabilitation. He is a past Board Member of the International Neuropsychological Society and current chair of the INS International Liaison Committee. He is an Executive Editor of the journal Neuropsychological Rehabilitation and is a co-author of the Behavioural Assessment of the Dysexecutive Syndrome and the Cambridge Prospective Memory Test. In 2018 Jon was awarded Fellowship of the British Psychological Society and also awarded the BPS Barbara Wilson Lifetime Achievement Award for outstanding contribution to clinical neuropsychology.

Jon will give a half-day Workshop entitled: Rehabilitation of memory and executive functions after brain injury which will update participants on the evidence base for the rehabilitation of memory and executive functions after brain injury. A particular focus will be on prospective memory and goal management, which rely on the integration of memory, attention and executive functions. Current developments in the use of reminding technology will be discussed including ApplTree, a reminding app designed for people with brain injury; interactive voice-based guidance, and the use of augmented reality.

He will also present a one-hour Keynote Address entitled: Music, mindfulness and positive psychotherapy after brain injury which will discuss two strands of his work on the rehabilitation of mood and cognition after brain injury. The first strand focuses on the application of the principles of positive psychology in the improvement of wellbeing after brain injury. The second will describe his recent work on the use of music listening and mindfulness in improving cognitive recovery following stroke.

Professor Fiona Jones - England, UK

Fiona Jones is Professor of Rehabilitation Research at St George's University of London and Kingston University, and the founder and CEO of 'Bridges self-management'.
She was previously the Chief Investigator for SESAME- a cluster feasibility trial to test Bridges within stroke teams in London. Since developing the Bridges programme she has also carried out studies to explore self-management support for people with acquired brain injury and long term neurological conditions as well as exploring professional attitudes and factors influencing sustainability of using programmes within rehabilitation.
Fiona has published several articles on self-management and self-efficacy, currently supervises a number of doctoral students who are carrying out research related to self-management. Fiona is also the Chief investigator for an NIHR funded study, 'CREATE' which started in January 2016 and uses Experience-Based Co-Design to explore ways to increase therapeutic activity in stroke units .
In 2009 Fiona received the life after stroke award for excellence from the UK Stroke Association and in 2011 she was made a Fellow of the Chartered Society of Physiotherapists.
Fiona was the President of the UK Association of Physiotherapists in Neurology from 2013-2017.
She received an MBE for services to stroke rehabilitation in the Queen's Birthday Honours 2017.

Fiona will give a half-day Workshop and a Keynote Address

Professor Fary Khan - Melbourne, Australia

Fary Khan is the Director of the Rehabilitation Services and Clinical Director of the Australian Rehabilitation Research Centre, Royal Melbourne Hospital. She is Clinical Professor, at the Department of Medicine, The University of Melbourne and Adjunct Professor, at the Disability Inclusive Unit, Nossal Institute of Global Health, & School of Public Health and Preventative Medicine, Monash University. She is also an Honorary Fellow of the National Aging and Research Institute and the Melbourne EpiCentre, The University of Melbourne. Currently, she is Chair of the Disaster Rehabilitation Committee, International Society of Physical and Rehabilitation Medicine (ISPRM) and Chair of the Disaster Rehabilitation -Special Interest Group, Rehabilitation Medicine Society of Australia and New Zealand (RMSANZ).  She is also independent elected member for Rehabilitation Medicine for Asia and Oceania Region for the past 4 years. In 2 decades she has built research capacity in rehabilitation for neurological, oncological, trauma, disaster management, women’s health and other conditions; and holds over 20 international and national executive and academic appointments, including Executive member, the WHO- Liaison Committee for Capacity building, the Women’s Health Task Force and Cancer Rehabilitation Network, ISPRM.

She has a leadership role in rehabilitative care in Victoria and has extensive experience in clinical and health services research in patients with neurological conditions such as stroke, Multiple Sclerosis, Guillain Barre Syndrome; and musculoskeletal disorders, oncology and others. She has overseen various major research projects (including 15 RCTs) and has published over 350 research articles in academic journals including evidence based reviews in rehabilitation (include 20 Cochrane reviews), over 20 book chapters. She has over 50 international invited, plenary or keynote lectures and 10 plenary presentations She is also executive member of the Cochrane Multiple sclerosis and Rare Diseases Group and Editorial Board Member of Journal of Rehabilitation Medicine, Journal of ISPRM and  peer reviewer of over 15 academic journals in rehabilitation.  She currently supervises 7 PhD students at the University of Melbourne. She has received numerous awards including the Sidney Licht Lectureship Award 2018, ISPRM, for her contribution to the advancement of international physical and rehabilitation medicine field; the inaugural Royal Australasian College of Physicians (RACP) award and Melbourne Health ‘Research Medal’ for her contribution to research and mentoring.

Fary will give a half-day Workshop and a Keynote Address

ASSBI Conferences - PREVIOUS


 41st Annual Brain Impairment Conference - 2018

41st ASSBI Annual Brain Impairment Conference – Adelaide SA 2018 convened by Ms Liz Williams

Connecting and Collaborating in Rehabilitation


2018 Conference Programme
2018 Conference Report 

ASSBI would like to thank the following partners for their support of the conference:

Proudly supported by our conference partners


 40th Annual Brain Impairment Conference - 2017

40th ASSBI Annual Brain Impairment Conference – Melbourne 2017 convened by Dr Dana Wong

Looking back to look ahead: 40 years of science, practice and education in brain impairment


2017 Conference Programme 

2017 Conference Report 

ASSBI would like to thank the following partners for their support of the conference:


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