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NHMRC Awards 2018

Congratulations to ASSBI Fellow, Professor Leanne Togher who won the Elizabeth Blackburn Prize for the highest ranked female research fellow in clinical medicine in Australia at the NHMRC Awards 2018. A fitting reward for her research into helping people with brain injuries to better communicate. The first allied health researcher and speech pathology recipient.

The photos are of Leanne receiving her award from Kathy North and with The Hon Greg Hunt, MP, Minister for Health

8A Clinical psychology / neuropsychology posts at the Oliver Zangwill Centre for Neuropsychological Rehabilitation

They are currently recruiting to full time, permanent Band 8A clinical psychology / neuropsychology posts at the Oliver Zangwill Centre for Neuropsychological rehabilitation in Ely, Cambridgeshire (http://www.ozc.nhs.uk ). This is an exciting opportunity to join an experienced and highly regarded team offering holistic, intensive neuropsychological rehabilitation. 

Application details and further information (job description etc.) are available on:

https://www.jobs.nhs.uk/xi/vacancy/336397f6094b5663895a7b33b8dd87bc/?vac_ref=915197608

Please note that the following: 
Preceptorship for suitable Band 7 Applicants is available
Closing date for applications: 
19 August 2018
Interview date: 7 September 2018

Enquiries are welcome and should be directed to: Pieter du Toit (Principal Clinical Psychologist)
E-mail: ccs.ozc@nhs.net
Telephone: 01353 652165



NEWS

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  • 5 Jun 2018 09:17 | Margaret Eagers (Administrator)
    Every day we grieve the loss of our loved one, yet they survived the crash

    With the permission of her inspirational client, Shine Lawyers’ Solicitor Laura Hadfield has written this eye-opening article discussing what life can look like for families when a loved one has suffered a life-altering event. Bundaberg woman Rhiannon was kind enough to give an insight into her tragic accident, and the tough journey she has been on ever since. With the help of Shine Lawyers she is making progress, but it’s a path she never imagined her life would take. Click here to read Laura’s story.  

  • 5 Jun 2018 09:06 | Margaret Eagers (Administrator)
    Back in the March edition of the newsletter, I began this column by commenting on the numerous exciting events ahead for 2018 including our 41st Brain Impairment Conference in Adelaide. Now in June, I can begin the column by reflecting not only on the wonderful success of the conference but also the enjoyment of Connecting and Collaborating that accompanied the event. Truly enormous thanks are due to Liz Williams and her team who worked tirelessly to produce a fabulous multifaceted experience for delegates. We had the privilege of being part of the “This is me” art exhibition which profoundly set the scene for the conference through sharing the work of South Australian artists and their stories of living with brain impairment. The artwork created such a strong feeling of connection and permeated the entire event. Caleb Rixon’s powerful personal keynote address set the programme proper off to an exceptional start from the insider’s perspective – wisdom and entertainment so skilfully crafted! Through workshops, keynote addresses, how to sessions and platform, datablitz and poster presentations, research, knowledge and skills were there to be sampled across the broad range of ASSBI interests. 

    I would also like to congratulate all our award winners announced at the conference. Our award winners are typically selected from an amazing field of candidates and this year was certainly no exception. ASSBI congratulations go to our 2018 winners.

    • ASSBI Early Career Clinical Innovation Award: joint winners Rebecca Andrews and Kate Gould.
    • The Douglas Tate Award for the best research paper published in 2017 in Brain Impairment was a tie between Renee Roelofs for her paper Roelofs, R., Wingbermühle, E., Egger, J., & Kessels, R. (2017). Social Cognitive Interventions in Neuropsychiatric Patients: A Meta-Analysis. Brain Impairment, 18(1), 138-173. doi:10.1017/BrImp.2016.31 and Nicholas Ryan for his paper: Ryan, N., Mihaljevic, K., Beauchamp, M., Catroppa, C., Crossley, L., Hearps, S., Anderson, V. (2017). Examining the Prospective Relationship between Family Affective Responsiveness and Theory of Mind in Chronic Paediatric Traumatic Brain Injury. Brain Impairment, 18(1), 88-101.
    • The Kevin Walsh award for the most outstanding Masters student: Kelly Stagg for her presentation “A scoping review of the working alliance in acquired brain injury rehabilitation”.
    • The Luria Award for the most outstanding doctoral candidate: Lee Cubis for his presentation “The importance of staying connected: mediating and moderating effects of social groups on psychological wellbeing after brain tumour”.
    • The Travel Award for students: Liz Williams for “Getting on the same wavelength: Clinician’s perspectives of the therapeutic alliance in community brain injury rehabilitation”.
    • The Mindlink Brightwater Award for Interdisciplinary research: Glenn Kelly for “The Building Bridges project: Linking disconnected service networks in ABI and criminal justice”.

    Now from looking back to our 41st conference it is time to look forward to 2019 and Wellington, NZ where we will be holding our 42nd Brain Impairment conference in collaboration with the New Zealand Rehabilitation Association (NZRA) Biannual conference as the inaugural ASSBI/NZRA Trans-Tasman Conference. The 2018 conference report and details for 2019 can be found on our website https://assbi.com.au/ASSBI-Conferences There is much else on offer as the year progresses so be sure to check out the professional development section of the newsletter.

    Learned societies like ASSBI are as strong as you the membership and particularly members who take on a significant role in the continuing work of the organisation. Prof David Shum is one of these generous colleagues and it is with sadness that I acknowledge David’s resignation from the ASSBI executive committee. David has made a substantial contribution to ASSBI over many years across multiple roles including that of President and former associate editor of Brain Impairment. David’s contribution to the work of ASSBI is acknowledged through his recognition as a Fellow of the society. David is returning to Hong Kong and while we will sorely miss him here in AUS, we look forward to our continuing connection and collaboration with him in Hong Kong.

    Warmest winter wishes to you all,
    Jacinta Douglas, President

  • 4 Jun 2018 15:41 | Margaret Eagers (Administrator)
    Elizabeth Hill is a Speech Pathologist and PhD candidate at Curtin University in WA. she is is looking for people to complete a survey entitled:The assessment and management of discourse-level deficits in paediatric brain injury: a survey of current practice in Australia, New Zealand, UK, USA, Canada, and the Asia Pacific please CLICK HERE for information on the survey then click on the link.

    Survey link: https://tinyurl.com/ybm9662v

  • 17 May 2018 09:36 | Margaret Eagers (Administrator)

    August 4: Webinar "Executive Functions and the Frontal Lobes"

    We are pleased to announce a partnership between ASSBI and the Luria Neuroscience Institute in the development of educational research programs. The first instance of this collaboration will be a Webinar entitled "Executive Functions and the Frontal Lobes"

    The webinar by Elkhonon Goldberg, PhD, ABPP will be streamed live on August 4 (Saturday), 1pm - 4pm Australian Eastern Time.

    CLICK HERE for more details and to REGISTER

  • 29 Mar 2018 15:23 | Margaret Eagers (Administrator)

    ASSBI Members have been given access to all the articles from volume 23 of the International Neuropsychological Society's Journal JINS through 31 December 2018. Go to this link to find out more

  • 26 Mar 2018 14:43 | Margaret Eagers (Administrator)

    Watch a video tribute to Kevin Walsh, who was the grandfather of Neuropsychology in Australia. This was put together by Prof Skye McDonald and features ASSBI Fellows and former colleagues of Kevin's reminiscing. 

  • 6 Mar 2018 08:23 | Margaret Eagers (Administrator)

    I can’t believe it’s already March and the time for our first 2018 newsletter is here. For that matter I feel like I’m still adjusting to the idea of 2018! So luckily 2018 brings with it numerous exciting events and opportunities to connect with your ASSBI colleagues and share wisdom across lots of developing and new practice areas. Indeed, we start the year with an excellent workshop just around the time corner on 26 March. This full day workshop, sponsored by Shine Lawyers, brings together the expert knowledge of Associate Professor Carolina Bottari and Professor Sylvain Giroux from Canada. Their workshop is entitled Real people, Real life: Evaluations, cognitive assistance and smart homes for adult individuals with moderate or severe TBI and you can choose to attend in person in Sydney or through our live streaming option. For further information: View Event Details.

    This rapid flow of time also means that our 41st Brain Impairment Conference, 3-5 May, in Adelaide is almost here check it out. Yes the early bird registration closes on April 1st – so don’t be foolish and miss out. Working to reflect our conference theme, Connecting and Collaborating in Rehabilitation, Liz Williams and her conference team have assembled a stellar team of keynote speakers and produced a programme covering a broad range of interests and topic areas across multiple disciplines. I look forward to seeing you there and catching up in person.

    You will have recently received an email reminding you about the ASSBI Early Clinical Innovation Award. This award is designed to recognise innovation in the field of brain impairment consistent with our mission to improve the lives of individuals and families affected by progressive and non-progressive neurological conditions across the lifespan. For the purposes of this award, an early career clinician is defined as someone who was awarded their highest level of qualification within the last 10 years (career disruptions such as maternity, sick or carer leave are also taken into consideration). So if you are a clinical innovator or know someone who is, we’d love to receive an application from you by 15 March (Click here to download an application form).

    In closing, let me say I hope the year has had a good start for you all and continues in that vein (or better) through 2018.

    Warmest wishes,

    Jacinta Douglas, President

     

  • 11 Dec 2017 11:48 | Anonymous

    We hope you are enjoying your new website and received the latest ASSBI Newsletter last week. 

    The new website has many features and you are able to immediately benefit from one of them - the ability to update your contact details and assist us in sending you relevant information.

    How to Update Your Contact Details:

    When you get a chance over the Christmas/New Year break please go to the new website and login to your profile by clicking the member login at the top of the home page. and entering your email. 

    If this is the first time you have used the new website, you will need to create a new password by clicking on the forgotten password link and following the online prompts.

    You may also use this link if you forget your password in future.

    Once logged in, you can update all aspects of your profile including your full contact details and information on your role. 

    As part of our data segmentation strategy and the drive to improve our communications with you, we ask that you complete one compulsory field on your first login - the discipline field. This will enable us to send relevant communications to you and to understand more about the breakdown of our community. 

    Please select the most relevant discipline from those available in the drop down list.

    Thank you for your assistance with this and our efforts to improve our engagement with you, our community.

    ASSBI Journal - Brain Impairment.

    We have received many enquiries about member logins for the ASSBI Journal Brain Impairment.

    To clarify, please continue to use the login you have always used to access the Journal.  As a reminder, access to the Journal is for members only. If you would like to gain access to the Journal and a number of other ASSBI member benefits, please follow this link.

    We hope you continue to enjoy your new website and look forward to receiving your continued feedback on ways we can improve both the site and the way we work with you towards improving the lives of people with brain impairment.


  • 7 Dec 2017 16:34 | Margaret Eagers (Administrator)

    ASSBI is deeply saddened by the death of Dr Kevin Walsh, at the age of 92, on 4th December 2017. 

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  • 7 Dec 2017 15:20 | Margaret Eagers (Administrator)

    It is with heavy heart that we come to the end of our 40th anniversary year with the loss of our founder, Dr Kevin W. Walsh, who passed away on Monday 4 December, 2017 aged 92 years. Kevin was an inspiration to us all and a friend and mentor to so many. I have heard Kevin frequently described with numerous superlatives capturing his amazing expertise across the full range of clinical, teaching and research practice in neuropsychology. Expertise however was not his only claim to fame, he was a warm, compassionate, wise and insightful man, a leader with a unique knack of challenging old ideas and planting the seeds for many new ones. Kevin will be missed far and wide by all who had the privilege of crossing paths with him.  Thank you so much Kevin for getting us started and for keeping us going over so many years.

     As the year closes and I reflect on the impressive quantum of activity that captures the ASSBI commitment to working together to improve the lives of people with brain impairment, there is much to be proud of. We have a strong membership with well over 400 members across multiple disciplines in all states. We continue to grow our commitment to the region and also more broadly with an eye to international collaboration. From a regional perspective, it is exciting to be planning our 2019 conference in Wellington, New Zealand with an aim to collaborate with the New Zealand Rehabilitation Association (NZRA).  Internationally, we have continued our productive dialogue with the International Neuropsychological Society (INS) with a view to both organisations collaborating by sharing information, providing expertise, giving mutual support, and developing joint action in areas of common interest.

    The success of our society rests with numerous people and special 2017 thanks are in order to many. These include the amazing committee members; you can see them one and all https://assbi.com.au/Committees including Margaret our CEO who I can say confidently is without rival anywhere, our corporate partners Shine Lawyers who continue to give us such valuable support, the 2017 conference committee with Dana Wong at the helm who delivered our fabulous 40th anniversary event in Melbourne – the largest ever stand-alone ASSBI conference with 445 delegates (You can refresh any waning memories and bring an ASSBI smile to your face by a visit to https://assbi.com.au/resources/Documents/2017%20Conference%20Report.pdf.); the 2018 conference committee members so ably led by Liz Williams who have created a marvellous program to entice you all to Adelaide https://assbi.com.au/ASSBI-Conferences and all the contributors to our rich and varied workshop and webinar program for 2017.

    I would like to close my thanks with a particular special mention to Mike Hennessy who not only has tirelessly and expertly supported our web presence over many years but who also on his retirement has overseen the transition to the new site. Mike your contribution to ASSBI has been immeasurable and your quiet, supportive, reliable presence will be sorely missed – thank you 

    Warmest wishes for the holiday season and a new year full of pleasant surprises,

    Jacinta Douglas, President

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