Professor Christine ImmsApex Australia Chair of Neurodevelopment & Disability | Department of Paediactrics - University of Melbourne

    Christine Imms is the Apex Australia Foundation Chair of Neurodevelopment and Disability at the University of Melbourne. This role is a collaborative initiative of the Department of Paediatrics at the University, the Apex Foundation and the Royal Children’s Hospital Foundation.

    Christine’s 17+ years of clinical experience as an occupational therapist led to a long-standing interest in the participation outcomes of those with childhood-onset neuro-disability. Using a range of methods and approaches, her subsequent 20+ years of research has predominantly involved children and young people with cerebral palsy, and been focused on describing patterns of participation, developing measures, designing and testing interventions of relevance to occupational therapy and other allied health practices. Her research track record includes over 110 peer reviewed publications, more than $14.6million (AUD) in grant income, and supervision of 30+ research students. In 2019, Christine was awarded Fellow of the Australian Occupational Therapy Research Academy.

    Presentation | Are you dissatisfied enough? Leveraging change for better outcomes in child-onset disability

    The World Health Organisation published the International Classification of Functioning Disability and Health (ICF) in 2001 and in that framework defined participation as involvement in a life situation. Participation has been highlighted as both a determinant of health and a key outcome of health and social services. Publication of the ICF has been credited with heralding a paradigm shift – especially in rehabilitation. So, what should we expect 20 years later? What do we know now, that we did not know then, and how are we using that knowledge?

    In this presentation, I aim challenge your satisfaction with contemporary practice in child-onset disability, and present principles and practices to advance participation-focused knowledge use. The process of translating evidence-to-practice remains too slow and we need to increase the pace of change. Are you ready?

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