Keynote and Invited speakers
Christine Imms
Christine Imms

Christine Imms

Apex Australia Chair of Neurodevelopment and Disability The University of Melbourne, and The Royal Children’s Hospital, Melbourne, Australia
The University of Melbourne, Australia

Christine Imms is a Professor of Occupational Therapy and was the inaugural National Head of School of Allied Health (2011-2018) and is the co-founding Director of the Centre for Disability and Development Research (2015 -) at the Australian Catholic University. 

Christine’s clinical experience in paediatrics led to a long-standing interest in understanding the participation outcomes of those with childhood-onset neuro-disability. Using a range of methods and approaches, her research has predominantly involved children and young people with cerebral palsy, and been focused on describing patterns of participation, developing measures, designing and testing interventions of relevance to occupational therapy and other allied health practices. Her research track record includes over 100 peer reviewed publications, more than $11.3million (AUD) in grant income, and supervision of 30 research students.

Prof. Christine Imms has a long standing interest in optimising the participation of those with childhood onset neurodisability. Her research has focused on building evidence around longitudinal patterns of participation, measurement and intervention. Recent work has focused on gaining conceptual clarity of the construct of participation to address the wide ranging approaches taken to addressing participation outcomes. This work has supported the development of the family of Participation Related Constructs (fPRC) as a framework for understanding participation as a ‘means’ or an ‘ends’ of interventions aiming to support those with disability.