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Postural Control (Webinar)

September 17, 2019 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm

Please note, this event is for Disability SPOT members only (formerly SPOT on DD). Please ensure your membership is current. Not a member yet or need to renew? Visit our website here.

Children with neuro-motor disorders experience significant activity limitations that are associated with impairment in the development of movement and posture. There is a great deal of research on movement dysfunction however by comparison, there has been limited research on postural control dysfunction. This presentation will outline the current state of the evidence on this topic.

Objectives include:

  • To improve participants understanding of postural control
  • To provide participants with a framework to describe and understand postural control
  • To introduce participants to a reliable, comprehensive clinical assessment that will profile postural control dysfunction in children to guide intervention

Rosalee Dewar is a PhD candidate at the University of Queensland (UQ) who has broad clinical experience working as a physiotherapist in paediatrics and is passionate about research for clinical translation.

In 1997, Rosalee completed her undergraduate honours, supervised by Dr Yvonne Burns, with a thesis titled ‘Gender differences and anticipatory postural responses to rapid arm flexion in children 8-10years of age’. Since this time she has worked in paediatrics as a physiotherapist in a number of settings from neonatal intensive care to community therapy services for children 0-18 years.

After completing a post graduate diploma in paediatric neurological rehabilitation (2010-2012), Rosalee enrolled in the PhD program at the University of Queensland with a drive to explore research that can be translated into the clinic. As part of the Children’s Motor Control Research Collaboration (CMCRC) at the UQ the aim of her PhD is to investigate postural control in children with cerebral palsy.

Rosalee has presented the results of her research at national and international level and published four papers with her first in the leading cerebral palsy journal, Developmental Medicine and Child Neurology. Rosalee continues to work in private practice, seeing a broad range of children age 0-18years.

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