Conrod image FinalA seminar to improve the lives of people after a catastrophic injury is being held in Brisbane on September 28. Leading researchers and industry experts will meet at the Centre of National Research on Disability and Rehabilitation Medicine (CONROD) ‘Research into Action – Rehabilitation Following Catastrophic Injury’ Seminar. The seminar will address a range of topics including the NDIS, designing places and systems that work for people with catastrophic injury and the lessons learned from the delivery of catastrophic injury services.

“It is estimated there are currently 20,000 people in Australia with catastrophic level injury requiring long term care and support, which means they have most likely suffered a life-changing spinal cord or brain injury,” said CONROD associate director and Griffith University researcher, Professor Heidi Muenchberger. “It is vital that researchers, policy makers, insurers, health professionals and the disability workforce keep sharing information so we can better help these people rehabilitate and recover.” Professor Muenchberger, who is one of the keynote speakers, said a more consistent, streamlined evidence-based approach is needed to properly assist those who survive these types of injuries. Most are young men under the age of 30 years and half of these injuries are caused by road traffic accidents.

Other keynote speakers are Princess Alexandra Hospital rehabilitation physician, Professor Tim Geraghty and Brain Injury Rehabilitation Research Group Lead  at Liverpool Hospital Sydney, Associate Professor Grahame Simpson.

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