National MND Conference 2016

The MND Australia 8th National Motor Neurone Disease (MND) Conference was held on 12 September 2016 at the Melbourne Exhibition Centre.

Theme: Care, Collaboration, Communication


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Who attendED?

  • Allied health professionals
  • Case managers
  • Community care providers
  • General practitioners
  • Government representatives
  • Medical specialists
  • NDIA staff
  • Nurses
  • Palliative care staff
  • Residential aged care staff
  • Personal care workers
  • People living with MND

Conference Themes

Care, Collaboration, Communication


  • Advances in knowledge and clinical care 
  • Models of support for people with MND
  • Carer Support
  • Maintaining independence and quality of life


  • Working together in a changing service sector environment
  • Working at the interface – disability, aged, health and palliative care
  • Collaborative approaches to care
  • Experiences working with National Disability Insurance Agency (NDIA) 


  • Innovations in technology 
  • Approaches to effective engagement with people living with MND and their families
  • Using technology to provide education and information models of support for people with MND

Review the full list of National Conference Presentations 

Keynote speakers

Dr Jim HoweDr Jim Howe 

Dr Jim Howe works as a neurologist in the Statewide Progressive Neurological Disease Service based at Calvary Health Care Bethlehem Hospital in Caulfield, Victoria.

The service provides secondary consultation, care and support for people living with MND and other progressive neurological conditions. The multi-disciplinary team provides education, training, and support for other teams in metro, regional and rural Victoria. The service is also active in research, including clinical trials. The team at Bethlehem see nearly everyone diagnosed with ALS/MND in Victoria  and some people from Tasmania, New South Wales and South Australia. 

Jim graduated from Queens University Belfast, and completed his neurology training in Newcastle upon Tyne and Leeds, and has been living and working in Australia for over a decade.

IMG_1432.JPGDr Fiona Fisher
Dr Fiona Fisher is the Senior Clinical Neuropsychologist in the Statewide Progressive Neurological Disease Service at Calvary Health Care Bethlehem (CHCB) in Melbourne, Victoria.

Fiona’s role involves provision of cognitive and behavioural assessment, positive behavioural support, psycho-education, and supportive counselling to patients with progressive neurological disorders and their families. She also provides specialist consultation and education regarding the management of behaviours of concern to external agencies.

Since commencing her role at CHCB 9 years ago, she has developed a special interest in the neuropsychology and clinical management of progressive neurological disorders (specifically MND and Huntington’s Disease).  She has also conducted a range of clinical research projects and published a number of papers pertaining to the cognitive, behaviour, and social communication changes that occur in these disorders.


Dr Bradley TurnerDr Bradley Turner
Bradley Turner is a Senior Research Fellow and neuroscientist who heads the MND Laboratory at the Florey Institute of Neuroscience and Mental Health at the University of Melbourne. Bradley obtained his PhD in biochemistry at the University of Melbourne and trained in mouse functional genetics at the University of Oxford, before establishing his laboratory at the Florey Institute. 
Bradley and his team of postdoctoral researchers, postgraduate students and technicians investigate the molecular basis of MND using cutting edge techniques in cell culture, animal models and patient samples.  His main expertise is conducting preclinical trials in animal models to evaluate potential drug, gene and stem cell therapy approaches for MND.  He leads an interstate team on a Cure for MND Collaboration Initiative Grant awarded by MNDRIA to develop a new gene therapy for MND.
Professor Naomi WrayProfessor Naomi Wray
Professor Naomi Wray is the co-director of the Centre of Neurogenetics and Statistical Genomics at the Queensland Brain Institute and National Health and Medical Research Council Principal Research Fellow. Naomi and her team study the genetic contribution to a range of common diseases and disorders, such as schizophrenia and MND. Together with Associate Professor Ian Blair, Naomi leads the team awarded the MND Australia Ice Bucket Challenge Grant to establish the Sporadic ALS Australian Systems Genomics Consortium, the largest collaborative MND project to be undertaken in Australia.


Pre Conference Networking Event

Sunday 11 September 2016, 5pm – 7pm
Boatbuilder's Yard, South Wharf, Melbourne.

Conference Day

Monday 12 September 2016, 9am – 5pm

Melbourne Exhibition Centre
Clarendon Auditorium
2 Clarendon Street, South Wharf, Melbourne

Unable to attend? 

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Post conference Workshop

Calvary Health Care Bethlehem workshop
Tuesday 13 September 2016, 8,30am – 4.30pm
Calvary Health Care Bethlehem, 476 Kooyong Road, Caulfield

Practical management to enable people to live well with MND

This will be a practical management workshop for health and disability sector staff.  It will improve their ability to help people with MND and their families to live well within the context of their disease progression.

Please note that attendance is only open to National MND Conference registrants. Workshop bookings are made during the online registration process.

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