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2019


 

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September

28 Ark J: Trismus and Dysphagia
Weekend (2 day) course on trismus intervention and dysphagia exercise physiology. 
Location: Chris O'Brien Lifehouse, Sydney, Australia
Hands on training for measuring MIO, problem solving case studies, manual release techniques, passive and active ROM exercises. 
Relevant for a range of caseloads including neurological, trauma, osteoradionecrosis and head and neck cancer. 
You will learn how to make your own stretching device, as well as hear about other trismus equipment available. 
Register here.

Event Contact: Emma Charters
Email: emma.charters@lh.org.au


August

1
Cervical Auscultation in Paediatric Dysphagia Management
Cervical Auscultation in Paediatric Dysphagia Management - 2 day workshop - 1st and 2nd April 2019.
The Children’s Hospital at Westmead, Sydney
A research-evidence informed practical workshop for practising speech pathologists providing dysphagia management to infants and children. Learning objectives of the workshop include:
-correct use and positioning of the stethoscope to listen to swallow and respiration sounds
-reliable identification of normal vs. atypical swallow and respiration sounds in infants and children
-description of normal and atypical swallow and respiration sounds to enable comprehensive reporting of sounds heard during cervical auscultation

Presented by Dr Kelly Weir (Speech Pathologist, Griffith University and Gold Coast University Hospital and Health Service) and Dr Thuy Frakking (Speech Pathologist and Research Coordinator, Caboolture Hospital).  
50 participants only.

Event Contact: Noella Phillips
Email: noella.phillips@health.nsw.gov.au
 
9 Professor Tony Attwood - Succeeding With Adults With Autism Spectrum Disorder - Level 1 (Asperger's Syndrome)
This one-day workshop will offer you resources and insight into working with people who have Aspergers Syndrome including:
-The defining characteristics of ASD Level 1 (formally known as Asperger’s syndrome) in adults and how the pattern of abilities and adaptations can be different for women.
-Recommended screening instruments, diagnostic tools and additional activities to include in a diagnostic assessment.
-Challenges for adults with ASD Level 1 in conversation, daily living and emotion management skills.
-Constructive application of talents and abilities.
-Potential issues regarding addiction and criminal activity. Strategies to achieve and maintain employment and relationships.

Location: The Boulevard Centre, 99 The Boulevard, Floreat W.A. 6014.

Event Contact: Jonathan Kester
Email: jonakes@globaldial.com
 

12 17th Deafblind International World Conference
12-16 August 2019
Surfers Paradise Marriott Resort
The theme for the conference is ‘Sharing the Knowledge to ACT: Accessibility. Communication. Technology. "Now is your time to ACT!” Each day of the conference will feature one of these three themes (ACT). The conference offers a rich and engaging program featuring worldwide perspectives on accessibility, communication and technology to empower the deafblind community. Register online

Event Contact: Brodi Newsome
Email: brodi@icebergevents.com.au
 
   

July

1-2 DIR Floor Time Workshop

D.I.R. Floortime is an intervention that is used to promote an individual's development through a respectful, playful, joyful, and engaging process. It uses the power of relationships and human connections to promote engagement, communication, positive behaviours, and thinking. It is based on the DIR® model that was developed by Dr. Stanley Greenspan and his colleagues. 

Valuable for Speech Pathologists, Occupational Therapists, Early Childhood Educators, Teachers, Social Workers, Psychologists and Early Intervention Workers that care for children, adolescents and adults (with a strong focus on individuals on the spectrum).

Register here. Registrations close 17/06/19, or when sold out.

Event Contact: Rachel Tosh
Email: team@tagclinic.com.au
 
   

June

18
Memory and Organisation after Brain Injury
This half day workshop 12.30 pm-5.30 pm will provide an opportunity for allied health professionals who work in neuro-rehabilitation to develop skills in using Google Calendar as a memory rehabilitation approach based on best practice.

Content:
Use of electronic memory aids after brain injury.
Intervention and protocols used to improve functional memory including Google Calendar
Results from recent Google Calendar research completed in Melbourne, Australia
The workshop will be facilitated by:
Susan Petrie - Senior Occupational Therapist and Kate Phillips, Neurological Physiotherapist at Independent Rehabilitation Services.
Cost of attendance:  $205 (includes lunch, afternoon tea and all training materials).

Event Contact: Julie Sutherland
Email: jsutherland@independent-rehab.com.au

 27 Sensory Processing to Executive Functioning
Executive Functioning skills are becoming a big “buzz” word of today, though in reality always was encompassed in the world of occupational functioning. Therapists working in education systems will find this course very practical in approach, as well as understanding in more depth the contribution we are making in the child’s occupation as a school student. Therapists in clinical practice will find this course very helpful in analyzing and implementing the contribution that clinical practice brings to the daily occupational function of the child. Sensory Processing is the foundation on which skills are built in the early developmental years and executive functioning is the skill set needed to see the child through his school career, preparing him/her to go to university/ college/vocation of choice. Executive Functioning goes beyond intelligence and speaks to the ability to organize, to write what you are thinking, to adhere to timelines, to be disciplined in study methods. This course will provide the therapist with the building blocks necessary as well as discuss tools to support clients.

Event Contact: 
Louisa Ong
Email: info@tilegnetherapy.com.au
 
   

May

4
Key Word Sign Australia (Victoria) Workshop
The one day introduction to Key Word Sign workshop includes:
• An interactive teaching environment; 
• Learning a basic vocabulary of signs to use in everyday settings;
• How to choose which signs to teach;
• Principles of Key Word Sign and Gesture;
• How sign helps communication development.

Every participant in a Victorian Calendar Key Word Sign workshop gets the current edition of  Getting started with Key Word Sign 
(Auslan Edition)

Open to professionals, parents and families, support staff and anyone else in a person life.

We are NDIS registered. 

Event Contact: Zita Canning
Email: training@keywordsignvictoria.org

15 Hanen’s More Than Words® Workshop
Join us in Sydney, NSW on May 15-17, 2019 to learn how to make the biggest difference for young children with autism and their families. The More Than Words workshop is newly updated to provide you with even more effective tools for zeroing in on the very specific needs of young children with autism and addressing those needs with evidence-based, family-centered techniques. Updates include a new assessment and goal-setting framework, as well as enhanced intervention strategies that target the most important areas of difficulty for children with autism.
Space is limited and our workshops fill quickly! For more information or to register, email workshops@hanen.org or visit the link below: 

Event Contact: Lorie Kientz
Email: workshops@hanen.org

17 Assessment and Treatment for Selective Mutism in Children
A one-day seminar for speech therapists, psychologists,  social workers, school learning support teams, and other mental health care workers. We are running this seminar on Friday 17 May 2019 at the Crows Nest Centre in Sydney, and on Friday 31 May 2019 in Melbourne.

A comprehensive one-day seminar outlining multidimensional strategies around the assessment and treatment of Selective Mutism in Children. This workshop is recommended for Speech Therapists, Psychologists,  School Learning Support teams, and other mental health care workers. 

Sydney Workshop -  Friday 17 May 2019.

Melbourne Workshop - Friday 31 May 2019.

Event Contact: Laura Fulton
Email: workshops@selectivemutism.com.au

   

April

1 PECS Level 2 Training
Prerequisite: PECS Level 1 Training

This two-day training focuses on creating lessons and activities to promote communication throughout the day. Beginning with a review of the Pyramid Approach to Education as it relates to PECS, we guide you in refining your PECS implementation and discuss current challenges you have experienced within the six phases. As you acquire teaching strategies on expanding vocabulary and syntax combined with new ideas for materials, we will discuss how to increase communication opportunities for your learner. Throughout the training, you will be provided with presenter demonstrations, video examples and opportunities to role-play. With innovative ideas, increased confidence and renewed enthusiasm, you will leave the PECS Level 2 Training ready to move PECS users to more sophisticated levels of communication.

What you will learn:
* Identify the six phases of the PECS protocol
* Analyse common difficulties with PECS implementation
* Generate solutions to common challenges with implementing PECS
* Provide communication opportunities across the day in all activities
* Implement specific strategies for teaching advanced language concepts

Event Contact: Pyramid Educational Consultants Australia
Email: admin@pecsaustralia.com

3 Disability & Dysphagia Information Session
Working with the public sector to assess and treat dysphagia in adults with disabilities.
This information session is aimed at Speech Pathologists who are interested in the specialised
area of working with adults with swallowing issues and intellectual disabilities. Topics include:
1. Things to consider during assessment, treatment and plan writing
2. Working with support workers
3. Challenges that may arise working in this area
Cost: Free
1-4 pm
Oxley Service Centre – Disability Services;
Level 1, The Station, 133 Oxley Station Road, OXLEY
Room: Conference Room 3

Event Contact: Kathryn Nelson
Email: Kathryn.Nelson@communities.qld.gov.au
4 2019 Language, Literacy and Learning Conference
Three days, up to 100 speakers, great resources and an amazing opportunity for anyone with an interest in improving literacy and numeracy outcomes for all students. This incredible event is not to be missed! 

The Language, Literacy and Learning Conference will provide a wealth of information on the factors influencing the successful acquisition of skills in language, literacy and numeracy. It will be particularly relevant to teachers, principals and administrators, psychologists, speech pathologists, occupational therapists, tutors, parents and other key stakeholders concerned with the effective education and support of all school-aged children - including those with learning difficulties.

The Call for Papers is open until Friday September 14.

Conference Location: Perth Convention and Exhibition Centre, Western Australia

Conference Date: Thursday April 4 to Saturday April 6, 2019

Find out more.

Event Contact: Alison Perry / Gemma Boyle
Email: conference@dsf.net.au

4 Disability & Dysphagia Information Session
Working with the public sector to assess and treat dysphagia in adults with disabilities.
This information session is aimed at Speech Pathologists who are interested in the specialised
area of working with adults with swallowing issues and intellectual disabilities. Topics include:
1. Things to consider during assessment, treatment and plan writing
2. Working with support workers
3. Challenges that may arise working in this area
Cost: Free
1-4 pm
Nundah Service Centre – Disability Services;
1159 Sandgate Road, NUNDAH
Room: Ground floor training room

Event Contact: Kathryn Nelson
Email: Kathryn.Nelson@communities.qld.gov.au

4 Disability & Dysphagia Information Session
Working with the public sector to assess and treat dysphagia in adults with disabilities.
This information session is aimed at Speech Pathologists who are interested in the specialised
area of working with adults with swallowing issues and intellectual disabilities. Topics include:
1. Things to consider during assessment, treatment and plan writing
2. Working with support workers
3. Challenges that may arise working in this area
Cost: Free
1-4 pm
Maryborough Service Centre – Accommodation Support &
Respite Services; 123 Wharf Street, MARYBOROUGH
Room: TBA

Event Contact: Kathryn Nelson
Email: Kathryn.Nelson@communities.qld.gov.au

8
PECS Level 1 Training 
This intensive two-day interactive training is designed to teach educational teams and parents the theory and protocol for the Picture Exchange Communication System (PECS), an evidence based practice. We begin with identifying key components to designing effective educational environments that foster communication. Through presenter demonstrations, video examples and role-play, you will learn the six phases of PECS, including how to teach spontaneous requests, attributes for expanding language, responding to questions and commenting. The workshop concludes with discussions about the relation between PECS and speech as well as criteria four transitioning from PECS to other communication modalities, such as speech generating devices (SGD).
What you will learn:
• Identify key components to designing an enriched learning environment using the Pyramid Approach to Education
• Identify strategies four creating opportunities four communication across the day
• Implement the six phases of the PECS protocol
• Discuss the evidence about PECS and its relationship to speech
• Examine the criteria four transitioning from PECS to other communication modalities such as speech and SGDs.
Perth: 8 & 9 April 2019
This training is been hosted by Autism Association Western Australia - AAWA

Event Contact: Vicki Grandison
Email: admin@pecsaustralia.com

12 Hanen's More Than Words® Workshop
Join us in Melbourne, VIC on April 12-14, 2019 to learn how to make the biggest difference for young children with autism and their families. The More Than Words® workshop is newly updated to provide you with even more effective tools for zeroing in on the very specific needs of young children with autism and addressing those needs with evidence-based, family-centered techniques. Updates include a new assessment and goal-setting framework, as well as enhanced intervention strategies that target the most important areas of difficulty for children with autism.

Space is limited and our workshops fill quickly! For more information or to register, email Lori Kientz.

Event Contact: Lorie Kientz
Email: workshops@hanen.org

   

March

6 Hanen Learning Language and Loving It™ Workshop

Join us at a Learning Language and Loving It™ Certification Workshop in Melbourne, VIC on March 6-8, 2019!

If you or someone you know trains or consults to educators of young children, the Hanen Centre has a training opportunity that's worth investing in. The Learning Language and Loving It Certification workshop equips you to deliver an evidence-based training to educators that has been shown to change teacher interactive behaviour in the long-term and increase children's language use.

Space is limited and our workshops fill quickly! For more information or to register, email workshops@hanen.org. 

Event Contact: Lorie Kientz
Email: workshops@hanen.org

7 Hanen's More Than Words® Workshop
Join us in Newcastle, NSW on March 7-9, 2019 to learn how to make the biggest difference for young children with autism and their families. The More Than Words® workshop is newly updated to provide you with even more effective tools for zeroing in on the very specific needs of young children with autism and addressing those needs with evidence-based, family-centered techniques. Updates include a new assessment and goal-setting framework, as well as enhanced intervention strategies that target the most important areas of difficulty for children with autism.

Space is limited and our workshops fill quickly! For more information or to register, email Lori Kientz.

Event Contact: Lorie Kientz
Email: workshops@hanen.org

7
PECS Level 1 Training
This intensive two-day interactive training is designed to teach educational teams and parents the theory and protocol for the Picture Exchange Communication System (PECS), an evidence based practice. We begin with identifying key components to designing effective educational environments that foster communication. Through presenter demonstrations, video examples and role-play, you will learn the six phases of PECS, including how to teach spontaneous requests, attributes for expanding language, responding to questions and commenting. The workshop concludes with discussions about the relation between PECS and speech as well as criteria four transitioning from PECS to other communication modalities, such as speech generating devices (SGD).
What you will learn:
• Identify key components to designing an enriched learning environment using the Pyramid Approach to Education
• Identify strategies four creating opportunities four communication across the day
• Implement the six phases of the PECS protocol
• Discuss the evidence about PECS and its relationship to speech
• Examine the criteria four transitioning from PECS to other communication modalities such as speech and SGDs.
Melbourne: 7 & 8 March 2019
Portland VIC: 18 & 19 March 2019
Brisbane: 18 & 19 March 2019
Adelaide: 25 & 26 March 2019

Event Contact: Vicki Grandison
Email: admin@pecsaustralia.com
 
7 Hanen More Than Words® Workshop 
Join us in Townsville, QLD on March 7-9, 2019 to learn how to make the biggest difference for young children with autism and their families. The More Than Words workshop is newly updated to provide you with even more effective tools for zeroing in on the very specific needs of young children with autism and addressing those needs with evidence-based, family-centered techniques. Updates include a new assessment and goal-setting framework, as well as enhanced intervention strategies that target the most important areas of difficulty for children with autism.

Space is limited and our workshops fill quickly! For more information or to register, email workshops@hanen.org.

Event Contact: Lorie Kientz
Email: workshops@hanen.org

9
MDTP Certification Course
MDTP is a systematic exercise-based approach to dysphagia therapy in adults.  Rather than a specific technique, MDTP is a framework from which to provide individualized therapy to adult patients.  This one-day intermediate course introduces participants to the conceptual basis of MDTP, provides the results of initial clinical studies documenting functional and physiologic benefits from MDTP intervention, describes in detail the components of MDTP, and provides step by step instruction for the evaluation and treatment of patients receiving the MDTP approach.


Event Contact:Isaac Sia
Email: isaac_sia@nuhs.edu.sg

11 National Paediatric Dietetic Training -Module 1 - Paediatric Nutrition for Life
The National Paediatric Dietetic Training Course is the first of its kind in Australia. It is the result of a unique partnership between the Centre for Advanced Learning of the Dietitians Association of Australia and ChildD (a small group of leading paediatric dietitians in Australia). 

The course is specifically designed to educate and upskill participants in the basics and complexities of dietetic management in children. It not only highlights and identifies the current guidelines and evidence, but also provides the ‘how to’ when managing these patients in every day practice.

Module one – Paediatric Nutrition for life 
Module one provides an introduction to paediatric dietetics and gives participants a working knowledge and experience of evidence-based practice in the areas of growth, nutrition assessment, infant feeding and common childhood issues such as obesity and faltering growth. 
 
Event Contact: Emily Galbraith
Email: learningcentre@daa.asn.au

11

Breastfeeding: Supplying the Evidence
Are you looking for a professional development opportunity to increase your lactation knowledge and optimise your ability to support mothers on their breastfeeding journey?

Register today for Breastfeeding: supplying the evidence, The Australian Breastfeeding Association’s annual Health Professional Seminar Series in Brisbane, Sydney, Melbourne, Perth or Online to hear up-to-date, evidence-based research, gain practical skills to support families and obtain professional development points.

Our speaker line-up features some of our best yet, including Dr. Alison Stuebe (USA), Dr. Natalie Shenker (UK), Dr. Elizabeth Quinn (USA) and Prof. Yvonne Hauck (Aust).

To hear more about this fantastic opportunity and to register now, visit:

Event Contact: Emma Arrow
Email:emma.arrow@breastfeeding.asn.au

14
Disability and Dysphagia Information Session

Working with the public sector to assess and treat dysphagia in adults with disabilities.

This information session is aimed at people who are interested in the specialised area of working with adults with swallowing issues and intellectual disabilities.

Topics include:
1. Things to consider during assessment, treatment and plan writing
2. Working with support workers
3. Challenges that may arise working in this area

Date:  Thursday 14 March 2019
Time:  1pm – 4pm
Venue:  Disability Services Office
24 Tansey Street, Beenleigh
Cost: Free
If you are interested in attending this free information session, please respond to Katheryn Nelson by 12 March. 

Event Contact: Kathryn Nelson
Email: Kathryn.Nelson@communities.qld.gov.au 
16
Key Word Sign Australia (Victoria) 1 day Basic workshop
The one day introduction to Key Word Sign workshop includes:

• An interactive teaching environment; 
• Learning a basic vocabulary of signs to use in everyday settings;
• How to choose which signs to teach;
• Principles of Key Word Sign and Gesture;
• How sign helps communication development.

Every participant in a Victorian Calendar 
Key Word Sign workshop gets the current edition of  Getting started with Key Word Sign 
(Auslan Edition)

Open to professionals, parents and families, support staff and anyone else in a person life.

We are NDIS registered. 

All enquiries to training@keywordsignvictoria.org

Event Contact: Zita Canning
Email: admin@keywordsignvictoria.org

18
2 Day Learn to write Easy English
Easy English is a means to ensure more meaningful participation and inclusion in health, community, home and workplaces for those with limited literacy skills. It is an essential component of any suite of publications developed by you for the public. 

The research tells us 44% of the adult Australian population do not have the literacy skills to manage a range of day to day reading tasks. Numerical literacy, which much of Health literacy uses, is a further 10% of people, being 54%. Easy English interprets documents into simple everyday language, supported with images. It means more people can, read, understand, actively use written information. 

As Speech Pathologists it should be essential skills at our finger tips for our clients. Cathy has been developing and writing and training in this area for 14 years. 

Training is being run in partnership with People with Disability Australia.

Event Contact: Cathy Basterfield
Email:cathy@accesseasyenglish.com.au
 
25
2 Day Learn to write Easy English
Easy English is a means to ensure more meaningful participation and inclusion in health, community, home and workplaces for those with limited literacy skills. It is an essential component of any suite of publications developed by you for the public. 

The research tells us 44% of the adult Australian population do not have the literacy skills to manage a range of day to day reading tasks. Numerical literacy, which much of Health literacy uses, is a further 10% of people, being 54%. Easy English interprets documents into simple everyday language, supported with images. It means more people can, read, understand, actively use written information. 

As Speech Pathologists it should be essential skills at our finger tips for our clients. Cathy has been developing and writing and training in this area for 14 years. 

Training is being run in partnership with People with Disability Australia.

Event Contact: Cathy Basterfield
Email:cathy@accesseasyenglish.com.au

26 Disability & Dysphagia Information Session
Working with the public sector to assess and treat dysphagia in adults with disabilities.
This information session is aimed at Speech Pathologists who are interested in the specialised
area of working with adults with swallowing issues and intellectual disabilities. Topics include:
1. Things to consider during assessment, treatment and plan writing
2. Working with support workers
3. Challenges that may arise working in this area
Cost: Free
12-3 pm
Cairns Service Centre – Disability Services;
Ground Floor, CitiCentral, Cnr Sheridan & Spence Streets, CAIRNS
Room: Conference Room 3

Event Contact: Kathryn Nelson
Email: Kathryn.Nelson@communities.qld.gov.au

27 Disability & Dysphagia Information Session
Working with the public sector to assess and treat dysphagia in adults with disabilities.
This information session is aimed at Speech Pathologists who are interested in the specialised
area of working with adults with swallowing issues and intellectual disabilities. Topics include:
1. Things to consider during assessment, treatment and plan writing
2. Working with support workers
3. Challenges that may arise working in this area
Cost: Free
9 am-12 
Townsville Service Centre – Accommodation Support &
Respite Services; 340 Ross River Road, AITKENVALE
Room: TBA

Event Contact: Kathryn Nelson
Email: Kathryn.Nelson@communities.qld.gov.au