Since 2009, Advance Rehab Centre has become a training and development site for students, clinicians and associated health professionals. Our evening lecture program, courses and clinical programs have helped to advance the role of allied health in community clinical practice.

Monthly Evening Lectures

Each month we host an Evening Lecture presented by an expert clinician, Consultant or academic in the neurological and complex disability space. These evening lectures are well attended and normally fill the room with over 60 health professionals or patients.

Title: Post-Traumatic Growth Following Acquired Brain Injury
Date:
Tuesday 26th October 2021

Time: 6.00pm

Where: Virtual

Cost: FREE

Speaker: Jamie Berry – Clinical Associate Professor, Macquarie University

Description:

Focusing on the neurological aspects of post-acquired brain injury (ABI) is important, however, the psychological aspects can present some of the greatest barriers to recovery. Research on post-traumatic growth (PTG) is burgeoning and approaches are being developed to promote PTG post-ABI. The presentation will review the relevant literature and practical tips will be provided to enhance PTG for your ABI clients.

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Dr Jamie Berry is a Senior Clinical Neuropsychologist and the Director of Advanced Neuropsychological Treatment Services (ANTS). Jamie is endorsed as a Clinical Neuropsychologist by the Psychology Board of Australia and he is a fellow of the College of Clinical Neuropsychologists (CCN) of the Australian Psychological Society (APS). He teaches on the postgraduate training programs at the University of Technology Sydney, Sydney University and Macquarie University. He has an honorary appointment as Clinical Associate Professor at Macquarie University.

Jamie has extensive experience working as a clinical neuropsychologist across a range of settings including neuro-rehabilitation, mental health and dementia. Jamie’s specialty is neuropsychological rehabilitation and intervention.

Jamie’s current research focus is the assessment and remediation of cognitive impairment among individuals with alcohol and other drug (AOD) use disorders. He is the project lead of the Alcohol and drug Cognitive Enhancement (ACE) project, a collaboration between ANTS, the NSW Health Agency for Clinical Innovation (ACI) and We Help Ourselves (WHOS). Jamie has published and presented about a range of topics at several local, national and international conferences.

Title: The management of communication, swallowing and cough in clients with Functional Neurological Disorder.

Time: 6:00pm

Date: Tuesday 9th November 2021

Where: Virtual

Cost: FREE

Speaker: Janet Baker – Adjunct Associate Professor Flinders University (also Honorary Clinical Fellow at UTS) 

Description:

  1. These recommendations draw upon the knowledge, clinical expertise and research of some of the finest therapists in the world working in the complex area of FND
  2. We don’t have all the answers of course, but we believe we can achieve the best for our patients with multidisciplinary collaboration.
  3. There are very few centres in Australia with medical and allied health professionals specialising in the full range of FND, however, it is hoped that by offering a brief overview of some of the key recommendations for SLPs, this may give clinicians in the field more confidence to approach assessment, differential diagnosis and various treatment strategies.

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Jan Baker is a speech pathologist and family therapist with post-graduate qualifications in psychotherapy. Throughout her career, Jan’s teaching, research and clinical work have been focused upon the differential diagnosis and management of the full range of voice disorders in adolescents and adults. She has recognised expertise in the area of Psychogenic/Functional Voice Disorders.  

Jan has led the field in advocating for the integration of counselling across the full range of communication disorders for SLPs, and in seeking to understand the psychosocial processes involved in the therapeutic relationship.

In her private practice, Jan offers services to adults and adolescents with their families as a consultant in voice and communication disorders that may present in association with other FND. She also offers supervision and second opinion to speech pathologists and other health professionals.

Jan’s book, “Psychosocial Perspectives on the Management of Voice Disorders” was published by Compton Publishing in 2017 and is available through Pro-Ed Australia. Our recent paper, “Management of Functional Communication, Swallowing, Cough and Related Disorders: Consensus Recommendations for Speech-Language Therapy” has now been accepted for publication by the Journal of Neurology, Neurosurgery and Psychiatry (doi: 10.1136/jnnp-2021-326767) and has recently been nominated as Editor’s Choice for that particular issue. 

Conferences and Workshops

Our team of expert clinicians regularly present at National and International Conferences, Seminars and workshops presented here in Australia by the Australian Physiotherapy Association, ESSA, OT NSW, Parkinson’s NSW, Stroke Recovery Association NSW, Polio Australia, and many others including the British Geriatric Society, ACPIN UK and more.

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University Affiliations

We have a standing relationship with both Macquarie University and Australian Catholic University to supervise their students on clinical placement and support them in their honors projects. We take this role seriously and have a dedicated clinical educator to ensure the competencies of future Physiotherapists and Exercise Physiologists.

Expos and Patient Education Seminars

Our team regularly host booths and stalls at Disability and Neurologically specific expos, seminars and support group meetings. Our aim is to connect with individuals, family members and health professionals to learn about the services and emerging trends in this area as well as to assist directly in educating people of the benefits of expert rehabilitation.

Patient stories, education videos and blog

We like to celebrate the success of the people who receive our services by nominating them for our Gold Star Awards  Every month we dive deep into a clinical education topic and present within the team each week on an aspect of this topic. This is then recapped in videos for people living with or associated with this topic area. If you have a particular topic you want us to present on, let us know!