Combined 11th Australasian Academy of Cerebral Palsy and Developmental Medicine and the 3rd International Alliance of Academies of Childhood Disability 'Better Together' Conference 2022


The Australasian Academy of Cerebral Palsy and Developmental Medicine (AusACPDM) provides evidence-based multidisciplinary scientific education for health professionals and people with lived experience of childhood onset disability; promotes and advocates for excellence in research, knowledge translation and best practice clinical care for children and adults with cerebral palsy and developmental conditions.

Our aim: By 2025, AusACPDM will continue its roles as an international leader in education and knowledge translation for multidisciplinary practitioners, researchers and people with lived experience

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Recognizing the importance of professional societies, and appreciating the global gap in access to this expertise, the three Founding Academies (American Academy for Cerebral Palsy and Developmental Medicine, European Academy of Childhood Disability and Australasian Academy of Cerebral Palsy and Developmental Medicine) agreed to establish an alliance of developmental disability associations. The hope was that this alliance would combine individual strengths and support the creation of national and regional academies. These in turn would promote the development of professional capacity – being accessible by families and policy makers and sensitive to the cultural, social, geographic and political realities of their country or region.

Our success will be determined by the extent to which families can reach the networks of services that they and their children need to support their pathway of development, no matter the nature of their disability or where they live across the globe.

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Acknowledgement of Country

Better Together 2022 acknowledges Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples as the Traditional Custodians of the land and sea in which we live and work, we recognise their continuing connection to land, sea and culture and pay our respects to Elders past, present and future.