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Optimising participation: What do we know, how can we approach it?

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Optimising participation outcomes for children and youth with long term health conditions or disability is a primary goal of healthcare. In the last 3-4 years’ we have gained greater clarity about what is meant by the idea of participation. This clarity has led to more targeted intervention development and the possibility of real improvements in the participatory lives of children and families. This presentation will provide an overview of the notion of participation, how it can be measured, and consider the current evidence base for best-practice approaches to changing participation outcomes. The focus of research presented will be on children and young people, however the conceptual issues and approaches are pertinent across the life span.



Professor Christine Imms is the Apex Australia Foundation Chair of Neurodevelopment and Disability at the University of Melbourne. Christine is an occupational therapist with 17 years of clinical plus 20 years of academic experience. Her research foci are (i) effectiveness of occupational therapy and allied interventions particularly in the field of child-onset disability; (ii) development and testing of valid, reliable outcome measures pertinent to childhood disability; (iii) longitudinal follow-up of participation, health and well-being outcomes for children and families; and (iv) conceptual work about ‘participation’ that resulted in the publication of the family of Participation Related Constructs.  Her track record includes 100+ peer reviewed publications, 2 co-edited books, $14.5+million in competitive grant funding and supervision of 33 research students. 



Paediatric and Disability National Groups


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1.5 Hours


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