Host – The Australasian Academy of Cerebral Palsy and Developmental Medicine (AusACPDM)


The Australasian Academy of Cerebral Palsy and Developmental Medicine (AusACPDM) aims to provide multidisciplinary scientific education for health professionals and to promote excellence in research and best practice clinical care for children and adults with cerebral palsy and developmental conditions.

Our aims:

  • By 2025, AusACPDM will continue its role as an international leader in education and knowledge translation.
  • By 2025, we will have increased our visibility, reach and impact in the Australasian Region with a focus on low resourced communities.

To achieve our vision and purpose, our strategic priorities for the next five years are:

  • Grow the impact of our biennial Conference as the leading source of scientific education and best practice clinical care in the Australasian region.
  • Grow our educational strategies by offering multiple learning options to members, through an expanded range of resources and opportunities.
  • Increase our impact as a peak body in the field of cerebral palsy and developmental medicine through education and advocacy, with increased visibility, reach and activity in low-resourced communities in our region.
  • Enable full participation of people with lived experience in the AusACPDM; value their voice, deep knowledge and experience; and promote the role of AusACPDM in advocating for and with people with lived experience.
  • As a co-founding member of the International Alliance of Academies of Childhood Disability (IAACD), actively work with the Alliance to advance its objectives.
  • Strengthen our strategic leadership, accountability and operational performance through the adoption of best practice governance, administration processes and financial management.
  • Strengthen financial sustainability through developing and implementing a robust financial plan.

Conference Organising Committee

Sarah McIntyre

Co-Chair & AusACPDM President
Cerebral Palsy Alliance

Alicia Spittle

Co-Chair & AusACPDM President
The University of Melbourne

Kirsty Stewart

Co-Chair & AusACPDM Past President
Children’s Hospital at Westmead

Leanne Sakzewski

Scientific Chair
The University of Queensland

Lynda McNamara

Local/Social Committee Chair
Queensland Health

Margaret Wallen

Awards & Advocacy Representative
Australian Catholic University

Jenny Lewis

Children’s Hospital at Westmead

Meredith Wynter

Professional Development and Communications
Queensland Children’s Health

Sian Williams

Professional Development and Communications
University of Auckland

Tessa de Vries

Membership & Finance Representative
The University of Melbourne

Danielle Garner

Local Organising Committee

Lauren Phillips

Local Organising Committee