*|MC:SUBJECT|* View this email in your browser

Respect Respond Reimagine celebrates International Women's Day

In recognition of International Women’s Day, the 12th AusACPDM Biennial Conference, Respect Respond Reimagine, would like to recognise four of our esteemed Keynote Speakers, Hannah Diviney, Dr Stacey Dusing, Prof Sandra Eades and Dr Elizabeth Laugeson.

Hannah Diviney is a writer and a disability advocate. Her biggest works include the wildly successful change.org petition encouraging Disney to create a disabled Disney Princess and making international news headlines after successfully getting both Lizzo and Beyonce to change ableist lyrics.

Dr Stacey Dusing is the Sykes Family Chair of Pediatric Physical Therapy, Health and Development, Tenured Associate Professor, and Director of Pediatric Research in the Division of Biokinesiology and Physical Therapy at the University of Southern California where she also directs the Motor Development Laboratory. She believes that it is crucial to have people with lived experience on research teams and that there is hope for improving our ability to identify disability earlier with a focus on providing the best care for each individual person, rather than generalizing to groups.

Professor Sandra Eades (BMed, PhD, FAHMS) is Deputy Dean Indigenous and Rowden White Chair in the Faculty of Medicine, Dentistry and Health Sciences at the University of Melbourne. Sandra is a Noongar woman from Mount Barker, WA, and is a recognised leader in Aboriginal health. Sandra was Australia’s first Indigenous person trained in medicine to be awarded a PhD.

Dr Elizabeth Laugeson is a Clinical Professor in the Department of Psychiatry and Biobehavioral Sciences at the UCLA Semel Institute for Neuroscience and Human Behavior and is a licensed clinical psychologist. Dr. Laugeson is the Director of the UCLA Tarjan Center, University Center for Excellence in Developmental Disabilities, and the Founder and Director of the UCLA PEERS Clinic, which is an outpatient hospital-based program providing parent-assisted social skills training for individuals from preschool to adulthood.

Don’t miss out on the chance to hear from these renowned Keynote Speakers and many more female leaders in the field of cerebral palsy and developmental medicine.

Don't wait any longer! Register now for Respect Respond Reimagine 2024 before the early bird deadline of 5 April 2024.

Become an AusACPDM Member

The Australasian Academy of Cerebral Palsy and Developmental Medicine (AusACPDM) promotes excellence in research and best practice clinical care for children and adults with cerebral palsy and developmental conditions. Recently, the AusACPDM has expanded their membership to welcome anyone working in the field of childhood disability and anyone 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 section 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 are 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.


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 organization'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.

Tiffany Lo
AusACPDM 2023 Sponsorship & Exhibition Manager
[email protected]

Thank you to our Sponsors, Exhibitors and Supporters

Platinum Sponsor

Gold Sponsors

Tranquility Lounge Sponsor

PhD Platform Award Sponsor


Conference Host