Conferences

As part of our goal to effectively disseminate and translate research, we have collated (in one place) all relevant LIDS-produced resources for people with a disability, their families, carers and associated services.

Research Seminar Series

2021 Research Seminar Series

SEPTEMBER SEMINAR

Histories of the Kew Cottages: The 1996 fire and the 2008 closure

Our September Seminar features two historians delving into the history of the Kew Cottages, the oldest institution for people with intellectual disabilities in Australia, which finally closed in 2008. The seminar will offer a snapshot of a wider, co-authored history of the Kew Cottages, which we hope to publish next year.

Slides from the presentations: 
The Kew Cottages Fire in 1996 - Broome
'It's a lonely world out there': Deinstitutionalisation and the closure of the Kew Cottages - Henderson


Watch a recording of the seminar on our YouTube Channel: September_Seminar - 2021

AUGUST SEMINAR

Snapshots of research about improving the lives of people with cognitive disabilities 

This seminar focuses on some of the outcomes of the collaborative partnership between the Living with Disability Research Centre, La Trobe University, and the Summer Foundation. It will provide an overview of the research program with examples of recently completed projects and preliminary findings from current projects.

Slides from the presentations: 
Douglas
Oliver
D'Cruz


Watch a recording of the seminar on our YouTube Channel: August_Seminar - 2021

JULY SEMINAR

Observing the quality of staff practice 
This seminar explores the benefits of using observational methods to assess the quality of staff practice in services for people with intellectual disabilities.

Reviewing observational methods for measuring quality of support. Professor Christine Bigby, Director Living with Disability Research Centre, La Trobe University

Psychometric evalutation of the Active Support Measure. Dr Lincoln Humphreys, Research Fellow, Living with Disability Research Centre, La Trobe University

Developing the Observing Staff Support tool fo regulators and managers. Dr Tal Araten-Bergman, Research Fellow, Living with Disability Research Centre, La Trobe University

Slides from these presentations: July_Seminar - 2021
Watch a recording of the seminar on our YouTube Channel: July_Seminar - 2021

JUNE SEMINAR

Revisiting issues of ageing with disability: Continuing challenges of bridging service systems
This seminar launched the Handbook on Ageing with Disability published by Routledge and edited by Michelle Putnam and Christine Bigby.

Knowledge-building in the field of ageing with disability: Where are we at? What else do we need to know. Professor Michelle Putnam - Simmons University (USA)
Slides from this presentation - Putnam

Supporting ageing people with intellectual disability in group homes: Past present and future. Dr Tal Araten-Bergman, Research Fellow, Living with Disability Research Centre, La Trobe University
Slides form this presentation - Araten-Bergman

Watch a recording of the seminar on our YouTube Channel: June_Seminar - 2021

MAY SEMINAR

Frontline Practice Leadership - why it's important and how to do it. 
Professor Christine Bigby, Director Living with Disability Research Cente, La Trobe University and Dr Lincoln Humphreys, Research Fellow, Living with Disability Research Centre, La Trobe University.

Slides from this presentation - Bigby
Slides from this presentation - Humphreys

Watch a recording of the seminar on our YouTube Channel: May_Seminar - 2021

APRIL SEMINAR

Two presentations exploring risk and self-determination - two issues fundamental to support practice with people with intellectual disabilities.

Possibility and risk in encounters between people with and without intellectual disability. Dr Ilan Wiesel, Associate Professor Urban Geogrpahy, University of Melbourne.
Slides from this presentation - Wiesel [PDF: 8mb]

Staff perspectives and supporting people with intellectual disability to be self-determined. Charity Sims-Jenkins, PhD Candidate, Living with Disabiity Research Centre, La Trobe University.
Slides from this presentation - Smins-Jenkins [PDF: 1.1mb]

Watch a recording of the seminar on our YouTube Channel: April Seminar - 2021

MARCH SEMINAR

Increasing  the participation of people with intellectual disabilities in physical activity. Four presentations look at recent and upcoming research about people with intellectual and developmental disabilities participating in physical activity.

A new community-based study of exercise for people with Prader-WIlli syndrome. Professor Noral Shields, La Trobe University
Slides from this presentation - Shields [PDF:]

How can we support girls and women with Rett syndrome to engage in more light physical activities? Associate Professor Jenny Downs, Head, Child Disability Health and Wellbing, Telethon Kids Institute
Slides from this presentation - Downs [PDF:]

What happens in a community gym setting when people with Prader-Willi syndrome are exercising? A focused ethnography study. Cara Schofield, PhD Candidate, Living with Disability Research Centre, La Trobe University
Slides from this presentation - Schofield [PDF:]

What are the barriers and facilitators to participating in community gym exercise for young adults with cerebral palsy? A qualitative study. Georgia McKenzie, PhD Candidate, La Trobe University
Slides from this presentation - McKenzie [PDF:]

Watch a recording of the seminar on our YouTube Channel: March Seminar - 2021

FEBRUARY SEMINAR

Managing and coordinating individual support for people with intellectual disabilities

Putting people at the heart of social work – the named social worker project in England. Lyn Romeo, Chief Social Worker for Adults, England Uk
Slides from this presentation - Romeo

“I do it for nothing": Parents as case managers. Michelle King, PhD Candidate, Australian Centre for Health Law Research, Queensland University of Technology
Slides from this presentation - King [PDF:]

Watch a recording of the seminar on our YouTube Channel: February Seminar - 2021

2020 Research Seminar Series

DECEMBER SEMINAR

Policy advice and research agendas for people with cognitive disabilities. Daniel Leighton, NDIS. Dr Janice Biggs, NDIS. Professor Bruce Bonyhady, NDRP. Associate Professor Di WInker, Summer Foundation. Professor Christine Bigby, Living with Disability Research Centre. 

Slides from the presentations:
NDIA Research and Evaluation Branch - Biggs, J.
National Disability Research Partnership - Bonyhady, B
Summer Foundation: Research Program Overview - Winkler, D.


Watch the recording on our YouTube channel: December Seminar

NOVEMBER SEMINAR

Preliminary evaluation of the La Trobe Support for Decision Making Practice Framework. Professors Christine Bigby and Jacinta Douglas, Living with Disability Research Centre, La Trobe University.

Slides from this presentation - Bigby & Douglas [PDF: 4.7mb]

Watch the recording on our Youtube channel: November - Bigby & Douglas

OCTOBER SEMINAR

Living well with acquired neurological disability: The things that help, the things that get in the way. Emeritus Professor Jacinta Douglas, Living with Disability Research Centre, La Trobe University.

Perceptions of health and social service professionals of Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder. Dr Kerryn Bagley, Lecturer Social Work, La Trobe Rural Health School.

SEPTEMBER SEMINAR

The NDIS Quality & Safeguarding Scheme in context. Dr Alan Hough, Director, Purpose at Work.

Slides from this presentation - Hough [PDF: 2.4mb]

Administrative compliance or personal outcomes? Exploring service quality from the perspectives of leaders and frontline staff within disability day service organisations. Jade McEwen, PhD Candidate, Living with Disability Research Centre, La Trobe University.

Slides from this presentation - McEwen [PDF: 912kb]

Watch the recording on our Youtube channel: September Seminar

AUGUST SEMINAR

Understanding the transformative potential of sharing personal stories: A process model of narrative storytelling. Dr Kate D'Cruz, Lecturer, Occupational Therapy, La Trobe University

Slides from this presentation - D'Cruz [PDF: 3.4mb]

Stories from the Wild West frontier: The NDIS experiences of people with severe and profound intellectual disabilities. Dr David Henderson, Research Fellow, Living with Disability Research Centre, La Trobe University

Slides from this presentation - Henderson [PDF: 2.5mb]

JULY SEMINAR

Factors that influence the quality of staff support for people with intellectual disabilities in supported accommodation services – messages for people with disabilities, funders, regulators and service providers. Professor Christine Bigby, Director Living with Disability Research Centre, La Trobe University.

Slides from this presentation - Bigby [PDF: 8.2mb]

Understanding the factors that influence the quality of paid disability support for adults with acquired neurological disability and complex needs: a scoping review and thematic synthesis. Megan Topping, PhD Candidate, Living with Disability Research Centre, La Trobe University.

Slides from this presentation - Topping [PDF: 2.4mb]

JUNE SEMINAR

Development of the La Trobe Reasonable Adjustments for Inclusive Education rating scale. Professor Teresa Iacono, La Trobe Rural Health School and Living with Disability Research Centre, La Trobe University.

Slides from this presentation - Iacono [PDF:3.9mb]

A randomised control trial of shifting perceptions to enhance inclusive school education of students with disability through reasonable adjustments. Dr Jo Spong, Lecturer, La Trobe Rural Health School, La Trobe University.

Slides from this presentation - Spong [PDF:5.8mb]

MAY SEMINAR

Glossing over issues in the rush to have everybody under the disability banner: Dedifferentiation and people with intellectual disability in the NDIS. Professor Christine Bigby, Director Living with Disability Research Centre, La Trobe University.

To view videos of these two presentations, please click here: May Seminar - 2020. Alternatively, click on the links below to see the slides from each presentation.

Slides from this presentation - Bigby [PDF:3.8mb]

Group homes, concerns about 'risk', and the use of restrictive practices. Dr Claire Spivakovsky, University of Melbourne

MARCH SEMINAR

Twitter versus the 'so-called professionals': Social media responses to evidence presented by researchers to the Royal Commission into Violence, Abuse, Neglect and Exploitation of People with Disability. Dr Sian Anderson, Lecturer, Living with Disability Research Centre, La Trobe University

Slides from this presentation - Anderson [PDF:3.5mb]

Do warm feelings, rather than negative feelings, obstruct support for self-determination from support workers? A literature review. Charity Sims-Jenkins, PhD Candidate, Living with Disability Research Centre, La Trobe University

Slides from this presentation - Sims-Jenkins [PDF:1.1mb]

FEBRUARY SEMINAR

Frontline Practice Leadership: What it is and how to do it. Dr Lincoln Humphreys, Research Fellow, Living with Disability Research Centre, La Trobe University

Slides from this presentation - Humphreys [PDF:4.4mb]

Implementing Frontline Practice in community setting: Examples from Malmo, Sweden. Per Arvidsson, Visting Scholar and Phd Candidate, Malmo University, Sweden.

Slides form this presentation - Arvidsson [PDF:1.4mb]

2019 Research Seminar Series

MAKING CLAIMS THAT MATTER - A WORK SHOP WITH PROFESSOR JENNIFER CLEGG

Sides from this workshop - Clegg [PDF:2.3mb]

OCTOBER SEMINAR

Using e-mental health resources together: A qualitative study of consumer and worker experiences in community mental health practice. Ann Williams, PhD Candidate, School of Allied Health, Human Services & Sport, La Trobe University

Slids from this presentation - Williams [PDF:3.7mb]

SEPTEMBER SEMINAR

Developing an evidence-based practice framework to guide support for decision making. Professor Christine Bigby, Living with Disability Research Centre, La Trobe University

Slides from this presentation - Bigby [PDF:10.6mb]

Support for decision making: reviewing values and being committed to the rights of people with cognitive disability to decision making support. Dr Elizabeth Smith, Research Fellow, Living with Disability Research Centre, La Trobe University

Slides from this presentation - Smith [PDF:1.5mb]

AUGUST SEMINAR

Recovering through everyday life activities: findings from a Participatory photovoice study with people experiencing mental health issues. Dr Nastaran Doroud, Lecturer Occupational Therapy, La Trobe Rural Health School

Slides from this presentation - Doroud [PDF:13.5mb]

Communication impairment and the working alliance in stroke rehabilitation. Kellie Stagg, Lecturer Speech Pathology, La Trobe Rural Health School and PhD candidate, Living with Disability Research Centre

Slides from this presentation - Stagg [PDF:7.1mb]

Conferences

2020

2019

Bigby, C. (2019). What is necessary to embed active support in supported living services. Birmingham, British Learning Disabilities Conference.

Bigby, C. (2019). 'Glossing overs issues in the rush to have everybody under the disability banner': A case study of a dedifferentiated reform in the Australian National Disability Insurance Scheme. Glasgow, IASSIDD World Congress.

Bigby, C., Bould, E., Iacono, T., & Beadle-Brown, J. (2019). Identifying factors that predict good active support in group homes for people with intellectual disabilities using multi-level modelling. Glasgow, IASSIDD World Congress.

Bigby, C., Bould, E., Iacono, T., & Beadle-Brown, J. (2019). Organisational structures and process associated with good active support. Glasgow, IASSIDD World Congress.

Bigby, C., Douglas, J. (2019). Developing an evidence-based support for decision making practice framework. Canberra. Australian Guardianship and Administration Council Conference.

Bigby, C., Douglas, J., & Smith, E. (2019). The La Trobe support of decision making practice framework: Preliminary analysis. Canberra. Australian Guardianship and Administration Council Conference.

Bigby, C., & Humphreys, L. (2019). Patterns of staff culture in Australian group homes. Glasgow, IASSIDD World Congress.

Bigby, C., Douglas, J., Iacono, T. (2019). Enabling hospitals to be more inclusive and responsive to people with intellectual disabilities. Glasgow, IASSIDD World Congress.

Humpfreys, L., Bigby, C., & Iacono, T. (2019). The group home culture scale: Validation and use in predicting quality of staff support in group homes. Glasgow, IASSIDD World Congress.

Iacono, T., Bigby, C., Douglas, J., & Spong, J. (2019). A prospective study of hospital encounters by people with intellectual and developmental disability and a comparison group. Glasgow, IASSIDD World Congress.