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Rehab for Kids conference

The Rehab for Kids conference is a national conference organised by the Queensland Paediatric Rehabilitation Service (QPRS), Queensland Children’s Hospital, and partnered with the Australasian Cerebral Palsy Clinical Trials Network (AusCP-CTN), to provide the latest information and research relevant to paediatric rehabilitation.

The 3-day virtual conference will include dedicated single streams with various national and international keynote addresses, short multidisciplinary presentations and case reviews, along with research papers. The single-stream sessions will be held online via Zoom.

The program will provide you with opportunities to update skills and knowledge with colleagues involved in the rehabilitation of children with brain injuries, cerebral palsy, spinal cord injury, limb difference and other low incidence conditions.

The conference will showcase Hot Topics in research from the Australasian Cerebral Palsy Clinical Trials Network, including recent advances and issues on some of the work being done to improve early diagnosis and intervention for children with, or at risk of, cerebral palsy. We will highlight the latest research and innovations in early detection, neuroprotection, interventions and their implementation into clinical practice.

You will also have access to a virtual bank of short presentations through the conference website on a variety of topics dedicated to paediatric rehabilitation.

Who can benefit from attending?

  • Health professionals
  • Other professionals who work with children who have received rehabilitation
  • Parents/carers of children who have received rehabilitation
  • Students
  • Researchers

Parents/carers of children who have received rehabilitation are invited to register and attend this conference. Some conference content may be limited to health professionals where applicable.

Content and case studies presented at the conference is not intended to replace qualified medical or health related advice. If parents/carers have any concerns or questions arising from the conference in relation to the care for their child, these should be discussed with their QPRS health professional.

Keynote speakers

Dr Adam Kirton Dr. Kirton is Professor of Pediatrics, Radiology, and Clinical Neurosciences at the University of Calgary and an attending Pediatric Neurologist at the Alberta Children’s Hospital. He serves at the Deputy Head (Research) for the Department of Pediatrics. Dr. Kirton’s research focuses on applying technologies including neuroimaging, non-invasive brain stimulation, and brain computer interfaces to measure and modulate the response of the developing brain to early injury to generate new therapies and opportunities for participation in life for disabled children. Dr. Kirton directs the Calgary Pediatric Stroke Program, Alberta Perinatal Stroke Project, the ACH Brain Computer Interface Laboratory, and the University of Calgary Non-invasive Neurostimulation Network (N3).
Dr Dinesh PalipanaDinesh was the first quadriplegic medical intern in Queensland, and the second person to graduate medical school with quadriplegia in Australia.

Dinesh earned a Bachelor of Laws (LLB), prior to completing his Doctor of Medicine (MD) at the Griffith University. He has completed an Advanced Clerkship in Radiology at the Harvard University. Halfway through medical school, he was involved in a catastrophic motor vehicle accident that caused a cervical spinal cord injury.

As a result of his injury and experiences, Dinesh has been an advocate for inclusivity in medicine and the workplace generally. He is a founding member of Doctors with Disabilities Australia.

Dinesh is currently a resident medical officer at the Gold Coast University Hospital. He is a lecturer at the Griffith University and adjunct research fellow at the Menzies Health Institute of Queensland. He has research interests in spinal cord injury, particularly with novel rehabilitation techniques.

Dinesh is the Gold Coast University Hospital’s representative in the Australian Medical Association Queensland’s Council of Doctors in Training. He is a member of the scientific advisory committee of the Perry Cross Spinal Research Foundation, disability advisory council at Griffith University, and the Ambassador Council at the Hopkins Centre. He is an ambassador for Physical Disability Australia. He is a doctor for the Gold Coast Titans physical disability rugby team.

Dinesh was the Gold Coast Hospital and Health Service’s Junior Doctor of the Year in 2018. He was awarded the Medal of the Order of Australia in 2019. He was the third Australian to be awarded a Henry Viscardi Achievement Award. Dinesh was the Queensland Australian of the Year for 2021.

Dr. Dinesh Palipana OAM, LLB, MD

Senior House Officer | Emergency Department
Adjunct Research Fellow | Menzies Health Institute of Queensland
Lecturer | Griffith University (School of Medicine)
Adjunct Member | Griffith Centre of Biomedical and Rehabilitation Engineering (GCORE)

Prof Julie Hoover-FongDr. Hoover-Fong is the Director of the Greenberg Center for Skeletal Dysplasias and Professor in the McKusick-Nathans Department of Genetic Medicine at Johns Hopkins University. As a board certified clinical geneticist, she provides direct patient care and oversees the clinical operations, research and educational ventures for the patients, families and healthcare providers served by the Greenberg Center. As an active clinical researcher, Dr. Hoover-Fong is the Principal Investigator of multiple global clinical trials for achondroplasia, the first multi-center, Investigator-initiated Natural History study of achondroplasia, and multiple clinical trials and registries for patients with orofacial clefting, hypophosphatasia and other genetic skeletal conditions. She is also a co-investigator on an NIH-sponsored grant to identify the genetic cause of Mendelian conditions via whole genome sequencing.

Dr. Hoover-Fong’s clinical team develops and improves diagnostic and treatment guidelines for comprehensive care of patients with all types of bone conditions, congenital anomalies, and complex chromosomal abnormalities. Dr. Hoover-Fong also mentors and teaches medical students and residents in the Medical Genetics Postdoctoral Training Program at Johns Hopkins on the inpatient genetics service and outpatient clinic. She serves on the Advisory Committee of the Graduate Training Program in Clinical Investigation and the thesis committee of PhD candidates in this program. From a clinical service perspective, she is an active member of the Medical Advisory Board of the Little People of America and a charter member of the International Skeletal Dysplasia Management Consortium, publishing best practice guidelines for patients with skeletal dysplasias around the world.

Dr. Hoover-Fong holds a Bachelor’s degree in Human Nutrition from The Ohio State University, where she also completed her Medical Degree. She received her PhD in the Graduate Training Program in Clinical Investigation at the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine and Bloomberg School of Public Health. Dr. Hoover-Fong completed a pediatric internship and residency at Washington University in St. Louis and a fellowship in medical genetics at Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore. She joined the Johns Hopkins University faculty in 2002 and progressed to Professor of Genetic Medicine in 2019.

Dr Zephanie TyackZephanie is a Senior Research Fellow with The University of Queensland and Queensland University of Technology. She also holds a research position with Children’s Health Queensland. Her research has focused on improving and understanding the quality of life of children with burns, trauma and chronic disease. She has led the development of three new measures of health-related quality of life in children with burn scars and has been part of an international collaboration to develop new patient-reported outcome measures with researchers from the Netherlands. Her current program of research includes work with children, families and health professionals to design and evaluate the use of patient-reported outcome measures (PROMs) to support clinical decision making and improve conversations with families.


3rd and 4th March – 4 x Sessions

  • $25+GST per session

5th March – 1x Full-day session

  • $50+GST per day

Conference partners


Wednesday 3rd to Friday 5th March 2021


8:00am – 5:30pm
Session times will vary. Check timetable for further information.


Conference to be held via Zoom videoconference



Timothy McGowan
t: 07 3068 2950