Brain Injury Australia's 7th National Brain Injury Conference

Brain Injury Australia's 7th National Brain Injury Conference will be held in partnership with the Melbourne Disability Institute  on 28-29 October 2019 at the University of Melbourne.

The National Brain Injury Conference has become one of the premier learning and development events on the disability calendar – driving improvements in services and supports for the over 700,000 Australians living with a brain injury. Due to attendance at the 6th National Brain Injury Conference, held at Brisbane's Princess Alexandra Hospital reaching venue capacity, this year 's Conference moves to the larger 500-seat Melbourne School of Design.

This year's Conference International Keynote Address will be delivered by Emeritus Professor John Corrigan from the Department of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation at Ohio State University in the United States. He is Director of the Ohio Valley Center for Brain Injury Prevention and Rehabilitation and, since 1997, has led the Ohio Regional Traumatic Brain Injury Model System - the longest, continuously-funded of 16 centres throughout the United States, aimed at improving the lives of 1,150 Ohioans who have sustained a traumatic brain injury, their families and communities by creating and disseminating new knowledge about the course, treatment and outcomes relating to their disability. He is also Editor-in-Chief of the most prestigious international journal in traumatic brain injury, the Journal of Head Trauma Rehabilitation . Alongside delivering the International Keynote Address, Professor Corrigan will also participate in panel discussions on domestic and family violence and brain injury, and concussion and “mild” traumatic brain injury.

Call for Abstracts

The Conference organisers would especially welcome proposals in the following subject areas:

  • the lived experience of brain injury – consumers, significant others, family members;
  • innovations in evidence-based approaches to the treatment, rehabilitation and overall care of people with a brain injury;
  • the National Disability Insurance Scheme;
  • “mild” traumatic brain injury/ post-concussion syndrome;
  • peer supports, mentoring of people with a brain injury;
  • brain injury in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities;
  • management of “challenging behaviours”;
  • domestic and family violence and brain injury;
  • alcohol and other drug-related brain injury;
  • brain injury in the military; and
  • the prevention of brain injury.

The Conference will have varied presentations including panels and single speaker sessions. Your proposal can be: an oral presentation; a “snapshot” (a 10-15 minute overview of a under acknowledged topic, or a research finding, in brain injury); the “Consumer Opening Address” to the Conference (by someone with lived experience of the disability); or a topic for a panel discussion.

Deadline for presentation submissions: 5pm Monday 1st July 2019

Notification of acceptance: 5pm Monday 15th July 2019

Click here to submit your abstract

Further information about the Conference program and registration will follow shortly. For more information, contact the Conference producer, Interpoint Events, on 1300 789 845 or

Headshot of John Corrigan wearing a black suit and green tie, and glasses