Knowledge into Practice: A Lifespan Approach
The 12th DCD International Conference encourages presentations addressing a range of issues from etiological factors underlying movement problems to diagnosis/assessment and intervention. It will aim to take into account broader new and innovative research of relevance, as well as reflect on the importance of multidisciplinary research, the influence of comorbid and associated difficulties such as cognitive, social-emotional and physical participation, and the implications of these for translation into practice. It is anticipated that these broad aims will be presented with a consideration of the developmental aspects and life-span outcomes for these individuals.
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Address from the Conference Convenor
Welcome to the 12th Developmental Coordination Disorder Conference to be held 5th to 8th July 2017 in Perth, Western Australia at the Esplanade Hotel Fremantle. We are looking forward to welcoming you to our beautiful State, and, even though it is our winter time, you will still enjoy a beautiful mild Mediterranean climate. Why not plan to spend some extra time before or after the conference to enjoy our unique landscape and spectacular beaches?
We have a very strong group of multidisciplinary DCD researchers in Western Australia representing three Universities. In 2012 we formed a research collaboration MoveGrowEngage and subsequently have embarked on a series of research projects, published papers and together developed the successful bid to host DCD12. Several world renowned interventions for children and adolescents with movement difficulties, such as Unigym, AMPitup and the Animal Fun program are based here (UWA; UNDA; CU).
DCD12 will build on previous themes and issues as well as take into account broader, new and innovative research of relevance ranging from etiological factors underlying movement problems to diagnosis/assessment and intervention. Its aim will be to highlight the importance of multidisciplinary research, the influence of comorbid and associated cognitive, and social-emotional difficulties as well as low physical participation, and the implications of these for translation into practice. It is anticipated that these broad aims will be approached with a consideration of the developmental aspects and life-span outcomes for these individuals.
Based on these premises, the Organising Committee has put together a strong program and we are excited to reveal our confirmed key note speakers. They have been selected for their breadth of experience and relevance to current research interests. We also plan to offer a series of practical workshops for professionals including clinicians, researchers, educators, students, parents and community members. Innovative forms of presentations are encouraged.
We hope to see you all in the Land Down Under to connect with colleagues from around the world in order to strengthen our knowledge and practice for the benefit of the many affected by DCD.
G’Day from WA!
DCD12 is being hosted by the Western Australian Developmental Coordination Disorder Research Group MoveGrowEngage. The group is led by Professor Beth Hands, Emeritus Professor Jan Piek and A/Professor Melissa Licari.
Prof Beth Hands (Conference Chair)
Emeritus Prof Jan Piek
Assistant Prof Melissa Licari
Associate Prof Fleur McIntyre
Dr Daniela Rigoli
Dr Ashleigh Thornton
Ms Sue McLaren
Dr Paola Chivers
Ms Louisa Smith
Emeritus Prof Jan Piek (Chair)
Assistant Prof Melissa Licari (Chair)