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NeuroMatters Fall 2018 News & Events

Preventing Falls in Partnership with Change Day Ontario

Each year our Prevention team looks for new ways to engage audiences around Fall Prevention Month; this year we had the unique opportunity to team up with Change Day Ontario to expand the reach of the 2018 campaign. Change Day Ontario is a grassroots movement designed to empower people within the health system to make positive changes to improve the quality of care across the province. Through individual or group pledges, participants commit to overcome barriers and inspire others to make changes to better the health care experience for patients and providers alike.

The McMaster University Institute for Research on Aging and ONF partnered to present a discussion on ‘Fall Prevention for older adults with cognitive impairment’, at this event the prevention team was able promote the Change Day Ontario campaign and even take pledges from a few of the panel participants. The Prevention team also urged all ONF staff to make pledges that would reduce the risk of falls in their own lives; to put to practice the initiatives we work toward everyday.

Testimonial" I pledge to "Help my grandparents with shoveling this winter." Logos: Ontario Neurotrauma Foundation and Change Day Ontario

Loop Junior Launch

Fall Prevention Community of Practice Junior

The ever-growing Loop Fall Prevention Community of Practice (CoP) has embarked on its third year since launch and shows no signs of slowing down. The need for this type of platform for practitioners working on childhood falls was identified and in September 2018 ONF

launched Loop Junior. Loop Junior is for health practitioners, researchers, and care givers who work specifically with children. Loop Junior provides access to all the same great features as its parent site Loop, including networking, knowledge sharing, and tools for collaboration. These bilingual platforms are targeted toward interdisciplinary contributors in fall prevention to incite knowledge mobilization and further advance the field of fall prevention across the lifespan.

Through discussion boards, webinars, newsletters and the Knowledge Centre, users can engage with content and network more effectively. As the Childhood Fall Prevention CoP grows, we hope to see continued engagement as we cultivate and support this network.

Pediatric Concussion Clinical Practice Guideline Consensus Meeting

The Ontario Neurotrauma Foundation (ONF) had the privilege of supporting the Pediatric Concussion Clinical Practice Guideline (CPG) Consensus Meeting held at Holland Bloorview Kids Rehab (HBKR) October 29 and 30, 2018. The consensus meeting, led in partnership with the Children’s Hospital of Eastern Ontario (CHEO), was purposed around updating the ONF Pediatric Concussion Guideline through review of evidence published since the original version was released in 2014. Pediatric concussion clinical research experts, representing a wide-variety of healthcare disciplines from across Canada and the US came together to analyze the evidence and make recommendations to inform the updated Guideline set for release Spring 2019.

“We are so happy to have dedicated clinicians like Roger Zemek and Nick Reed as leaders on this project. A lot of progress has been made in the field, and this will be the first Living Concussion Guideline to maintain a continual evidence review process, meaning that it will always be current. We look forward to this and strategically planning for implementation thereafter.” says Program Director, Corinne Kagan.

In the next phase of development, the team from HBKR and CHEO will be holding focus groups with parents and youth with lived experience, educators, clinicians and other stakeholders to better understand the needs with regard to both content and format within the Guideline.

RHI/ONF Fellow Announced

Dr. Cindy Gauthier is the recipient of the first Rick and Amanda Hansen Fellowship, a partnership between the Ontario Neurotrauma Foundation and the Rick Hansen Institute (see NeuroMatters, Fall 2017 2017-edition-of-neuromatters/neuromatters-news). She will conduct a research project entitled “Assessment of orthotic and therapeutic effects of functional project: Electrical stimulation during meaningful functional tasks training program in people with spinal cord injury” under the mentorship of Dr. Kristin Musselman. Dr. Gauthier, a physical therapist who graduated from the Université de Montréal. She has many years of experience in spinal cord injury research including several publications and manuscripts. The fellowship is overseen through the Department of Physical Therapy at the University of Toronto

Upcoming Conferences

2019 Annual Conference – Best Start Resource Centre

February 12-14, 2019

In February 2019 the Prevention team will attend the Annual Best Start Resource Centre Conference. This will be ONF’s first year attending the conference that is purposed to support those who work in early child development and education. With childhood falls accounting for over 53,000 ER/ hospitalization visits in 2017, the Prevention team is eager to engage this network to support in minimizing the risk of childhood falls. By aligning efforts with health promoters, health care providers, policy makers and knowledge brokers, ONF looks forward to building new connections and initiating collaborations within this network to support the Loop Junior CoP.

International Brain Injury Association’s World Congress on Brain Injury

March 13-16, 2019

The largest gathering of international professionals working in the field of brain injury, International Brain Injury Association 2019 will be held here in Toronto early next year. The aim of the 13th  World Congress on Brain Injury is to provide an opportunity for establishing collegial relationships with international professionals focused on care and/or service of persons with acquired brain injury and/or the science of brain injury research. No stranger to the international conversation on brain injury research and knowledge mobilization, the ONF ABI team will be attending and hope to showcase the great work that we are facilitating across the province with respect to implementation and building the Provincial Stakeholder Engagement Network.

CORPORATE ANNOUNCEMENT – February 2021(Click to learn more)