National MND Conference 2014

MND Australia is pleased to announce the 7th National Motor Neurone Disease (MND) Conference and Call for Abstracts.

Date: Monday 8 September 2014

Location: Gold Coast

Theme: Together! Participation, Partnerships, Progress

Download the Conference brochure.

Who should attend?

  • Allied health professionals
  • Case managers
  • Community care providers
  • General practitioners
  • Government representatives
  • Medical specialists
  • Nurses
  • Palliative care staff
  • Residential aged care staff
  • Personal Care workers

Conference Themes

Together! Participation, Partnerships, Progress


  • Models of support for people with MND
  •  Education and information
  •  Carer Support
  •  Maintaining independence and quality of life


  • Frameworks and pathways of interdisciplinary care
  •  Working at the interface – disability, aged, health and palliative care
  •  Collaborative approaches to care


  • Advances in knowledge and clinical care
  •  NDIS – the experience so far
  •  Technology
  •  Cognitive changes

Call for abstracts

Health and community care professionals are invited to submit an abstract for an oral or poster presentation related to the conference themes.

  • Oral presentations will be 20 minutes including five minute question time.
  • Preferred poster size is AO (119 x 84 cm).

The required structure for paper and poster abstracts is:

  • presentation title, followed by presenter name and affiliation
  • co-author name and affiliation (if applicable)
  • bio of presenter
  • abstract body
  • outcome or desired outcome
  • take-home message of 3 to 5 dot points
  • presenter contact details.

Abstracts submitted online by 30 May 2014.

Download the Call for Abstracts brochure.

Submit your abstract

Keynote speakers

Dr David OliverDr David Oliver
Dr David Oliver is the Medical Director and Consultant Physician in Palliative Medicine at the Wisdom Hospice in Rochester, Kent UK, and Honorary Reader in Palliative Care at the University of Kent. He is also a Visiting Professor at the Medical Faculty, University of Zagreb in Croatia and an Adjunct Associate Professor at Curtin University, Perth. Dr Oliver has written widely on the palliative care and symptom control of patients with MND, including Motor Neurone Disease – a family affair, and as principal editor of Palliative Care of Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis – from diagnosis to bereavement, a third edition of which is published in 2014.

Dr Robert HendersonDr Robert Henderson
Following a period as Director of Neurology at the Royal Brisbane and Women’s Hospital (RBWH) from 2005–2013, Dr Robert Henderson has returned to clinical research with an interest in neuromuscular disorders and stroke. He is a national leader in MND and co-coordinates the RBWH MND clinic. With Professor McCombe (University of Queensland) he has conducted investigator-driven research into biomarkers of disease progression. Dr Henderson has participated in three international MND and 2 neuromuscular clinical trials.


Dr Shuyuan NgoDr Shyuan Ngo
After obtaining her PhD in Neuroscience in 2009, Dr Shyuan Ngo undertook her first postdoctoral training position with Prof Pamela McCombe and Dr Robert Henderson. In 2012, she was awarded a Motor Neurone Disease Research Institute of Australia Bill Gole Fellowship to conduct research in a niche area, which focuses on metabolic imbalance in MND. Dr Ngo has presented her research at a number of national and international meetings, and regularly communicates her research outcomes to the wider community. 


Expressions of interest

Conference program and registration will be available soon.


The registration fee is $150 (inc GST) including morning tea, lunch, afternoon tea.

Register now!


The conference will be held at the Mercure Gold Coast Resort at Carrara, located 30 minutes from the Gold Coast Airport and just minutes away from the beautiful Gold Coast beaches.


Please use the accommodation booking form to secure your accommodation at the Mercure Gold Coast Resort.

Further information

Contact MND Australia 02 9816 5322 or email.

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