Tuesday, August 31st, 2010
Overcoming barriers experienced by people with physical disabilities, including enjoying healthy sexuality, will be addressed by leading international experts at the Annual Scientific Meeting of the Australian and New Zealand Spinal Cord Society (ANZSCoS) at the Adelaide Convention Centre from 1st to 3rd September 2010.

Themed “From Injury to Empowerment – Aiming to Get It Right”, the event is open to the public and aims to continue education for professionals in the spinal cord injury area of healthcare and also for patients from Australia and around the world affected by spinal cord injury and their carers.

One of two keynote speakers, Professor Marcalee Sipski Alexander, Medical Director at Renown Rehabilitation Hospital in Reno, Nevada, and once part of actor Christopher Reeve’s medical team, will discuss the sexual response of patients after spinal cord injury.

“Historically, a negative attitude among the medical establishment has meant that there has been very little work done in addressing disability and sexuality. We’ve seen a great increase over the past 20 years in research being conducted with people who have sustained all sorts of injuries, but the next step is to ensure this information is passed on to patients,” Dr Alexander said.

Dean of the Faculty of Rehabilitation Medicine at the University of Alberta, keynote speaker, Professor Martin Ferguson-Pell, will explore overcoming other barriers experienced by people with disabilities.

With extensive experience working in clinical-academic settings developing engineering solutions, Dr Ferguson-Pell will provide a balanced approach to the development and translation of research that directly influences the independence of people with physical disabilities.

Dr Alexander and Dr Ferguson-Pell will be joined by a variety of other speakers. Symposiums will explore current basic research in spinal cord injury, including a panel discussion involving researchers and consumers, and sexual function and relationships after SCI.

“We have developed an exciting academic and social program which we hope will interest consumers and professionals alike. Participants will have the opportunity to meet with colleagues from around Australia and New Zealand engaged in many facets of research as well as gain the first-hand insight from consumers and their carers,” explains Conference Chair, Ruth Marshall.

“ANZSCoS is the region’s premier forum for Spinal Cord Injury and our choice of venue reflects that. With world-class facilities, the multi-award winning Adelaide Convention Centre at its spectacular waterfront location will add significant value to our guests’ learning and networking experience,” Dr Marshall said.

To register please visit:http://www.sapmea.asn.au/conventions/anzscos2010/registration.html

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