Prof Gavin Williams PhD FACP has worked in neurological rehabilitation for over 30 years. He is the inaugural Professor of Physiotherapy Rehabilitation, a joint position appointed between Epworth Healthcare and The University of Melbourne. Since he began working at the Epworth Hospital 26 years ago, he has developed a program to teach advanced gait and running skills to people with neurological injuries. This program led to his doctoral studies titled ‘The development of a high-level mobility assessment tool (HiMAT) for people with traumatic brain injury'. Since that time he has been a Post-doctoral Research Fellow focusing on the assessment, classification and treatment of mobility limitations following traumatic brain injury. Gavin was awarded Fellowship to the Australian College of Physiotherapists in 2011. He has over 140 peer-reviewed journal publications and over 200 international and national conference presentations.
Dr Kate Hayward PhD, Physiotherapist, is a Senior Research Fellow in Stroke Recovery and Dame Kate Campbell Fellow in the Departments of Physiotherapy, Medicine and Florey Institute of Neuroscience and Mental Health at the University of Melbourne. Kate leads the REPAIR research group (Recovery, Enrichment and Plasticity to promote Activity In neuroRehabilitation), which seeks to understand the brain-behaviour nexus during rehabilitation after stroke.
Prue Morgan is an experienced clinician, researcher and academic. She is a Specialist Neurological Physiotherapist (as awarded by the Australian College of Physiotherapists in 2008) and is Head of Physiotherapy at Monash University, leading the neurological physiotherapy subjects.Prue conducts research into neurological dysfunction and ageing with developmental disability. She holds a PhD (thesis titled 'Falls and balance dysfunction in adults with cerebral palsy'), a Masters of Applied Science in Research and a Graduate Diploma in Neuroscience. She is currently a consultant for World Confederation of Physical Therapy aiming to drive better outcomes for those with neurological disability, and is Chair Elect of the Lifespan Care Committee for the American Academy for Cerebral Palsy and Developmental Medicine.
Sean Tweedy leads the Para Sport and Adapted Physical Activity Research area in the School of Human Movement and Nutrition Sciences, University of Queensland. His main research focus in Para sport is the development of evidence-based methods of classification. He is first author on the paper IPC Position Stand – Background and Scientific Principles of Classification in Paralympic Sport and he is Principal Investigator for the International Paralympic Committee (IPC) Classification Research Centre (Physical Impairments), established in 2013. He leads the ParaSTART project, a longitudinal program of research which engages people with high support needs and cerebral palsy in competitive, performance-focussed sports training and monitors their physical and psychosocial responses. He developed the Adapted Physical Activity Program (APAP), a theory driven physical activity promotion service for community dwelling adults with disabilities.