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Allied Health Link Round Up Blog – March 2022

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Brain health is crucial for our ability to think and live well for longer. The brain is arguably the single most valuable organ in the human body. Read up and learn the latest …

April is World Functional Nuerological Disorder (FND) Month

Visit the FND Hope website to learn more and spread awareness about FND!


Prevalence of cerebral palsy is declining in Australia

New research published in Developmental Medicine & Child Neurology indicates that fewer babies in Australia are being born with cerebral palsy, a lifelong disorder of movement and posture resulting from injury or maldevelopment of the developing brain.

According to Australian Cerebral Palsy Register data on singleton births from 1995 to 2014, the prevalence of cerebral palsy at or around the time of birth declined from 1.8 per 1,000 live births in 1995–96 to 1.2 per 1,000 live births in 2013-14. Declines occurred across all gestational ages, with the largest decline observed amongst children born < 28 weeks’ gestation. The prevalence of moderate-severe disability amongst children with cerebral palsy also declined for children born <28 and ≥37 weeks. Read more…

Brain wave signatures enable faster diagnosis of autoimmune encephalitis

Autoimmune encephalitis (AE) is a brain inflammation disorder caused by antibodies. A person’s immune system mistakenly targets different proteins in their brain causing damage and inflammation. This can result in different neurological symptoms including seizures and memory problems. AE can be classified into different subtypes based on the brain protein targeted by the antibodies produced.

Researchers from the Neuroimmunology, Neurology, Neuroinflammation Laboratory led by Dr Mastura Monif in the Department of Neuroscience have identified electroclinical biomarkers that differentiate one particular type of autoimmune encephalitis (AE), known as N-methyl D-aspartate receptor (NMDAR) antibody-associated encephalitis (anti-NMDAR) from other subtypes of AE. Read more…

Brain Implant a Potential Life-Changer for Paralysed Patients

A novel endovascular brain-computer interface (BCI) is safe and effective, allowing paralysed patients to use their thoughts to perform daily tasks, results of a small, first-in-human study show.

A potential life changer for patients with amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS), the minimally invasive device enables patients to carry out important activities of daily living. Read more…

Allied Health Awards

Do you know of an Allied Health Professional who has greatly contributed to the profession? Let’s recognise them – nominations for the 2022 Australian and New Zealand Allied Health Awards are OPEN NOW! 


Moving away from race-based medicine

In a recent issue of Neurology®, Abramson and colleagues published a study titled, “Biological and Social Determinants of Hypertension Severity Before vs After Intracerebral Hemorrhage.” This longitudinal, single-centre prospective study at Massachusetts General Hospital examined blood pressure trajectories before and after intracerebral hemorrhage (ICH). The objective of this study was to investigate whether long-term hypertension (HTN) severity explains poor blood pressure (BP) control after ICH. It is well established that more than half of ICH survivors are likely to experience recurrent strokes as well as a decline in function within several years after their initial insult. The neurology community is also cognisant of the fact that racial and ethnic disparities exist whilst managing BP after ischemic and hemorrhagic strokes.

Read more…

The Most Popular Epilepsy Myths Debunked

Epilepsy is a neurological disorder that affects people of all ages, races, and genders. Despite being one of the most common neurological disorders, there are still many misconceptions about epilepsy and how it affects people. In this blog post, some of the most common myths about epilepsy are debunked … Read more!

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Interested in learning more about neurology or brushing up on your skills? Take a look at these resources.

Clinical Neuroscience Conversations

The “Clinical Neuroscience Conversation” module includes a collection of short teaching videos, each 10 minutes or less, directly linked to a hypothetical clinical scenario. This collection of resources is intended to bridge the gap between the classroom and the clinic in order to bring an understanding of neuroscience to the day-to-day practice of psychiatry. Although these resources could be used in the classroom or for self-study, they are particularly suited to teaching in clinical settings. Loosely modeled on the “One Minute Preceptor,” these resources can be used with trainees in the moment, with minimal preparation, and adapted for discussion of real-world cases.

Please click to read the Clinical Neuroscience Part 1: Facilitators Guide.

Brain Injury Australia Fact Sheets

Brain Injury Australia has published free fact sheets – have a look today! 

Download here…

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Repetitive Mild Closed Head Injury in Adolescent Mice Is Associated with Impaired Proteostasis, Neuroinflammation, and Tauopathy

Repetitive mild traumatic brain injury (mTBI) in children and adolescents leads to acute and chronic neurologic sequelae and is linked to later life neurodegenerative disease. However, the biological mechanisms connecting early life mTBI to neurodegeneration remain unknown. Using an adolescent mouse repetitive closed head injury model that induces progressive cognitive impairment in males and anxiety in females in the absence of overt histopathology, we examined transcriptional and translational changes in neurons isolated from sham and injured brain in the chronic phase after injury.

Read the full article here.


Brain Health & Wellness – Protecting Your Memory and Thinking Skills 

Taking steps to protect your brain health will help you enjoy a fulfilling, productive career and, later on, an active and meaningful retirement. 

Cleveland Clinic Brain Health & Wellness is one of the first to help you sharpen your mental fitness.

Download the file here.


Dialectical Behaviour Therapy (DBT): Introduction and overview

This six-part webinar series will focus on the traditional Dialectical Behaviour Therapy (DBT) treatment model and will introduce the underlying theory of DBT, four treatment components and stages, main treatment strategies of individual DBT therapy (diary cards; chain analysis) and provide an overview of the four skill-sets taught in DBT groups. A tangible DBT skill will be taught in each of the skills overview weeks.

The series provides an overview of:

  • the underlying theory, principles and assumptions guiding DBT, and
  • the main skills taught in DBT from the skills groups and individual therapy.

Date: 01 March – April 05 2022 (Virtual)

Early Days Workshops – Supporting Families Navigating Autism

Early Days has helped thousands of parents and carers of young children across Australia since 2011.

Join National Co-ordinator Lynda Melville for this free webinar for providers supporting families and carers of young children aged 0-6 years who have a diagnosis of autism, are exhibiting signs of autism, or who have concerns about their child’s development.

During this session Lynda will share information on:

  • Identifying the early signs of autism
  • The national Early Days program – past, present and future
  • How Early Days can help your families.

Date: 08 April 2022 (Virtual)

Australian Dementia Research Forum 2022

The Australian Dementia Research Forum 2022 is the premier annual event for Australian dementia research, bringing together dementia researchers, health professionals and policy makers, as well as people living with dementia and their families and carers. The forum dedicated to advancing dementia science and research, will be held virtually on 30-31 May 2022.

The virtual conference will offer the same rich content and broad range of presentations as past face-to-face meetings. There will be selected live sessions, pre-recorded presentations and live Q&As, interactive panel sessions, poster sessions and a Virtual Exhibit Hall.

​This will be delivered through a state-of-the art and easy to use virtual community platform.

Date: 30 – 31 May 2022 (Virtual)


ICAPN 2022: 16. International Conference on Ageing, Psychology and Neuroscience

The International Research Conference is a federated organisation dedicated to bringing together a significant number of diverse scholarly events for presentation within the conference program. Events will run over a span of time during the conference depending on the number and length of the presentations. With its high quality, it provides an exceptional value for students, academics and industry researchers.

This international conference aims to bring together leading academic scientists, researchers and research scholars to exchange and share their experiences and research results on all aspects of ageing, psychology and neuroscience. It also provides a premier interdisciplinary platform for researchers, practitioners and educators to present and discuss the most recent innovations, trends, and concerns as well as practical challenges encountered and solutions adopted in the fields of ageing, psychology and neuroscience.

Happening on May 16 – May 17, 2022!

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Sarena Jones

Director @ Allied Health Support Services

Founder @Australian Allied Health Awards

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