The effect of sleep-wake disturbance in relation to cognition and brain degeneration
This 60 minute webinar was brought to you by Prof Sharon Naismith
Synopsis of session: Sleep is critical to alertness, mood and cognition. Basic science data shows that sleep facilitates synaptic plasticity, neurogenesis and the promotion of neurotrophins. In addition, recent discoveries show that during sleep, the brain clears away neurotoxins and metabolic waste via the ‘glymphatic’ system. Coupled with epidemiological data, this adds to converging evidence supporting a bidirectional link between sleep and dementia.
This webinar will provide a high-level overview of the existing evidence linking sleep-wake disturbances with dementia. It will present evidence linking various forms of sleep-wake dysfunction with cognitive and imaging markers of neurodegeneration within healthy individuals and those with mild cognitive impairment and the mechanisms by which sleep is likely to be important. The links between sleep and overnight memory consolidation will then be discussed as well as possible changes in this process with ageing and neurodegeneration.
The final part of the webinar will provide an overview of current treatment options for sleep disturbance in older people. Future directions for the field will be discussed, particularly with respect to understanding pathophysiological mechanisms, interventions and larger-scale screening of sleep-wake disorders.
Recognising and managing mild TBIs in the community
This 60 minute webinar is brought to you by Dr Alice Theadom.
Synopsis of session: People can present to a range of health care services following a concussion or mild traumatic brain injury (mTBI). As there is currently no standardised way of assessing a mild TBI, the care and advice people receive following injury can be highly variable. This is an issue as just under a half of people experiencing these injuries go on to experience persistent symptoms that can affect their ability to function in everyday life. There is also now consistent evidence of early risk factors that can be used to identify those at risk of longer-term difficulties and that early multidisciplinary treatments can improve outcomes. Consequently, we have the opportunity to reduce the long-term impacts of these injuries by facilitating equitable, early access to treatment for those at risk.
Over the last few years, a working group has been developing a brief, Brain Injury Screening and assessment Tool (BIST) to be used by any health professional on first medical presentation following injury. The tool helps clinicians to identify those at low, medium of high risk of longer-term difficulties and provides support with health care pathway decision making (e.g. who to refer to rehabilitation services). The tool has demonstrated good psychometric properties and has proven feasible to administer within busy clinical environments. The symptom scale and impact item can be used as a repeated measure to monitor the recovery journey from beginning to end. This webinar will discuss the current evidence base, development of the tool and initial results from implementation of the tool within primary and secondary care and prison health services.
Learning objectives: At the end of the webinar participants will:
1. Understand the predictors of longer-term recovery from mild TBI (concussion)
2. Know about a new brief tool that can assist with initial assessment, health care pathway decision making and measuring recovery.
3. Discuss the feasibility of using a brief screening tool within difference clinical contexts.
What are we doing to help people with brain injury stay safe online?
This 60-minute webinar was presented by Dr Kate Gould, Colin Brokenshire and Jao Carminati.
Synopsis: The distinction between online and offline life has become increasingly blurred, further accelerated by Covid-19. Cybercrimes, such as online scams, are a major global threat to all of us when we access the internet. Whilst anyone can be scammed, due to cognitive and psychosocial changes, individuals with acquired brain injury (ABI) may be particularly at risk and have greater difficulty identifying, extricating and recovering from scams. Romance scams, one of the most commonly reported scams for people with ABI, can have significant financial, practical and emotional repercussions. Using co-design and co-production, we have been promoting awareness and advocacy of this issue since 2016. With funding from the Summer Foundation, TAC and Turner Institute of Brain and Mental Health, we have conducted qualitative, quantitative and interventional research exploring the cybersafety experiences and needs of people with ABI, family members, carers and clinicians. This webinar will cover key findings from our studies to help understand and improve the CyberABIlity of people with ABI.
1. Learn the red flags of scams and indicators of high-risk online activities
2. Understand the cyberscam victimisation cycle
3. Learn ways to increase online safety for people with ABI
A changed landscape: Managing complex behaviour at home following brain injury
This 90 minute webinar was presented by Prof Skye McDonald, Dr Alinka Fisher, Ms katherine Cameron & Nina Wegener, and Ms Jaycie Bohan and was followed by a live Q & A.
Prof Skye McDonald: The Carers Way Ahead. A new on-line resource to assist families of people with traumatic brain injuries and challenging behaviour
Dr Alinka Fisher: Navigating the challenges in conducting behaviour intervention research with families
Ms Katherine Cameron and Nina Wegener: Now we’re home, how do we keep the conversation going? An interdisciplinary approach to communication partner training
Ms Jaycie Bohan: “All the things that you don’t think about when you’re leaving hospital…”: client and family member experiences of an ABI transitional rehabilitation service pilot
LIVE Q & A
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Aboriginal Australians' experiences of brain injury and ways to move forward in providing culturally secure rehabilitation services
This 60 minute webinar was presented by Prof Beth Armstrong
In their own words: Empowering people to tell their story after traumatic brain injury
This 80 minute webinar was brought to you by Melanie Moses, Bill, Hemu, Jon and Tristan
Help Disrupt the Isolation Industry
This 90 minute webinar was brought to you by Caleb Rixon and the GenYus Group
Synopsis of session: In this 2-Part Keynote Address and Fly-On-The-Wall Forum, you'll hear Caleb demonstrate the importance of survivor stories through his own rehabilitation journey after brain injury. Plus, receive a practical and effective process on how you can crease S.A.F.E. spaces for the people you engage with. Lastly, you'll see Caleb demonstrate live, the affect of creating a S.A.F.E. space in a Peer-Led forum, involving ABI survivors from around the world. To see the value and feel impact of their lived experience and wisdom, and to give you the tools to start disrupting the isolation insustry.