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Save the date for ‘Respect Respond Reimagine’

It is with great pleasure that we announce The 12th Australasia Academy of Cerebral Palsy and Developmental Conference ‘Respect, Respond, Reimagine’ (AusACPDM 2024) will be taking place in sunny north Queensland, the traditional lands of the Gimuy Wluburra Yidinji and Yirrganydji people, from the 31 July – 3 August 2024 at the Cairns Convention Centre.

The Conference theme Respect, Respond, Re-imagine embodies the values and visions of our Academy. Treating people with developmental disabilities and their families, First Nation’s people, each other and the environment with Respect, ensuring that we Respond to families’ needs, requests and priorities, and Re-imagining a world where people with a neurological condition don’t actually have a disability because our world is fully accessible and ableism does not exist.

Our scientific program is starting to be developed in partnership with professionals across many disciplines and families and people with developmental disability. The program will offer a broad range of cutting-edge international research, best practice interventions, knowledge translation and inclusion, from both high and low resource settings.

We invite you to connect, communicate and collaborate, before, during and after the conference. COVID-19 continues to impact people but one of the few positives was the move to more accessible “virtual” education offerings. For this reason, the conference will be fully hybrid. You will be able to attend in person or virtually – whatever is most beneficial for you.

We look forward to working, learning and collaborating with you,

Sarah McIntyre,

Alicia Spittle

& Kirsty Stewart

Register your expression of interest here

Become an AusACPDM Member

The AusACPDM welcomes membership from people working in the field of childhood disability and people with lived experience of childhood disability. Benefits of Academy membership include:

  • Discounted registration for the biennial AusACPDM conference
  • Discounted registration for other professional development events supported by the AusACPDM
  • Unrestricted access to the member-only part of the AusACPDM website which includes educational material and podcasts
  • Opportunity to join committees that undertake many of the Academy’s activities: a chance to work with a range of people including leaders in the field of childhood disability. Committee members also contribute to the development of the International Alliance of Academies for Childhood Disability (IAACD) and build working relationships with colleagues around the world
  • Receive a quarterly e-newsletter with Academy updates, research findings and opportunities
  • A great way to share your research with other members of the Academy and find research participants

AusACPDM members will be eligible for registration fee discounts for Respect, Respond, Reimagine. You could use the savings made from becoming a member towards extending your stay and exploring the natural wonderland that is Cairns and the Great Barrier Reef.

Become a member now!

Key Dates: Mark your diaries now!

Registration opens October 2023
Call for Abstracts open October 2023
Scholarship applications open December 2023
Early bird registration closes 5 April 2024
Pre-Conference Workshops 30 – 31 July 2024
Conference Dates 31 July – 3 August 2024

Sponsorship and Exhibition

Sponsorship Prospectus coming soon!

Join the mission towards a more inclusive and sustainable future.

This is a fantastic opportunity for your organization to connect with leading industry specialists and professionals from all over the world in the field of developmental medicine and cerebral palsy. By sponsoring the 12th AusACPDM biennial conference, you'll have the chance to align your brand with values such as respect, inclusion, and innovation, while showcasing your organisation's commitment to creating a world where people living with childhood onset disability have full access to opportunities.

Our hybrid format allows you to engage with attendees both in person and virtually, ensuring maximum exposure for your organization. With an exciting program in Cairns, this is a unique opportunity to network, collaborate, and learn from leading professionals in the field.

Don't miss out on the chance to connect with like-minded individuals and organizations, and make a meaningful impact on the lives of those with developmental disabilities.

Andrea O’Sullivan
AusACPDM 2023 Sponsorship & Exhibition Manager
[email protected]
+61 7 3255 1002

Conference Host