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7th National Brain Injury Conference

Brain Injury Australia invites you to the 7th National Brain Injury Conference - held, in partnership with the Melbourne Disability Institute - at the Melbourne School of Design on The University of Melbourne's campus in Parkville on Monday 28th and Tuesday 29th October, 2019. Brain Injury Australia’s annual Conference has become one of the premier learning and development events on the disability calendar – driving improvements in services and supports for the over 700,000 Australians living with a brain injury, their families and carers.

    • As many as 60 per cent of adult prisoners report histories of Traumatic Brain Injury - the result of external force applied to the head. Corrections Victoria recently commissioned neuropsychological assessments of 120 prisoners. 2 in every 5 men and 1 in every 3 women had a brain injury. The leading cause was alcohol and other drug abuse.
    • Brain Injury Australia's 7th National Brain Injury Conference will feature a Panel Discussion on the challenges brain injury presents to the criminal justice system, between The Honorable Judge Eugene Hyman from the Superior Court of California County of Santa Clara - whose Juvenile Domestic Violence and Family Violence Court he helped establish received the United Nations Public Service Award in 2008 - Victorian Magistrate Pauline Spencer - a founding Board member of International Society of Therapeutic Jurisprudence - and Associate Professor Molly Townes O’Brien from the Australian National University's College of Law - whose lived experience of severe Traumatic Brain Injury gives her the unique insights into 'lawyer as client'.
    • The Conference will include presentations by the lead researchers on the Hunter Forensic Health Injury Project - a study of 200 prisoners from the Hunter region of New South Wales' experience of Traumatic Brain Injury: neuropsychiatrist Professor Peter Schofield, from the University of Newcastle, will deliver a Keynote Address on "Violence Following Traumatic Brain Injury: What Do We Know?"; and Professor Tony Butler from the Kirby Institute at UNSW Sydney will report on the world’s first randomised controlled trial in the use of antidepressants to reduce violent offending behaviour.
    • Professor Paul van Donkelaar from the University of British Columbia and Karen Mason, Executive Director of the Kelowna Women’s Shelter in Canada will co-deliver a Keynote Address on their work with women who have experienced brain injuries the result of domestic and family violence - as co-founders of SOAR (Supporting Survivors of Abuse and Brain Injury through Research). SOAR was recently awarded Can$1 million in Canadian Government funding.

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