BIBS23 Symposium Resources

The Hopkins Centre’s seventh annual Better Ideas Bold Solutions symposium (BIBS23) was held in person and virtually on Thursday 30 November 2023.

This years symposium showcased Hopkins and partner research across the care continuim under the theme of ‘Personalised Rehabilitation and Supports’. The symposium highlighted the value of collaborative research, bringing together clinicians, researchers, service users, consumers and industry partners, sharing the latest interdisciplinary research, exchanging new ideas and sparking innovative solutions for the future in the disability and rehabilitation sector. Presenters shared the latest in disability and rehabilitation research, partnership projects, insights into care translations, optimising systems, accessible environments, inclusive technology, and co-design in research. 

The Hopkins Centre thanks everyone who attended, along with event speakers, keynote speaker, guests and session chairs for a stimulating variey of presentations, panel discussion and research posters exploring bold ideas that are being translated into better solutions for the future.


Below copies of symposium proceedings, presentations, posters, documents and event recording will be available shortly.

BIBS23 Program booklet front cover

Symposium Handbook

Symposium Speaker biographies 

Symposium Recordings of the event - will be available shortly



Keynote Presentation

What does it take to get people back to work after moderate to severe brain injury? Experiences with the NSW Vocational Intervention Program
Associate Professor Grahame Simpson The University of Sydney, John Walsh Centre for Rehabilitation Research, and Director of Brain Injury Rehabilitation Research at Ingham Institute for Applied Medical Research.

Evidence-based Practice & Community Supports

The impacts of transitions of care for people with ABI and SCI in the first 12 months following inpatient rehabilitation
Prof. Tim Geraghty, Rehabilitation Medicine Physician and Medical Director, Department of Rehabilitation, Princess Alexandra Hospital, Metro South Health and Co-Director, The Hopkins Centre.

Integrating a family focus into community-based transitional rehabilitation following acquired brain injury: process and outcomes
Dr Mandy Nielsen, Research Development Officer, Acquired Brain Injury Transitional Rehabilitation Service (ABI TRS), Metro South Health, co-presenting with Ms Sally Wooler, Advanced Social Worker in the Brain Injury Rehabilitation Service (BIRS), Princess Alexandra Hospital, Metro South Health.

Supporting translation and implementation of the ABITRS Vocational Rehabilitation Framework to clinical practice in Queensland
Dr Kerrin Watter, Clinical Lead, Acquired Brain Injury Transitional Rehabilitation Service (ABI TRS), Metro South Health.

Reclaiming agency after acquired brain injury: Supporting people to have a say in care and rehabilitation decisions
Dr Annerley Bates, Advanced Social Work Clinician and Team Leader at the Brain Injury Rehabilitation Unit (BIRS), Princess Alexandra Hospital, Metro South Health.

Implementing principles of health literacy into rehabilitation practice using a change champion/co-design approach: A pilot and feasibility evaluation
Dr Delena Amsters, Senior Research Officer, Spinal Outreach Team (SPOT), Queensland Spinal Cord Injuries Service, Metro South Health.

Case studies of sustained employment following acquired brain or spinal cord injury
Dr Jessie Mitchell, Research Fellow, The Hopkins Centre.

Supporting friendships and social connection across the rehabilitation continuum for people with spinal cord injury and acquired brain injury: Real strategies for sustainable change.
Dr Emily Bray, Research Fellow, The Hopkins Centre, Griffith University.


Enabling Technologies and Environments:

Using technology to personalise rehabilitation and support
Dr Camila Shirota, Research Fellow, The Hopkins Centre.

Tourism after a Spinal Cord Injury: A PhotoVoice project
Mr Colin Mackereth, Peer Support Officer, Spinal Life Australia, co-presented with Prof. Louise Gustafsson, Research Program Leader 2, The Hopkins Centre.

Efficacy, usability, and implementation of The Attention Atlas, a virtual assessment for spatial neglect
Ms Chelsea Marsh, Research Assistant & PhD Candidate, The Hopkins Centre, Griffith University.

Disrupted driving = Disrupted participation: Lifespace and community participation following acquired brain injury
Ms Louise Bassingthwaighte, Occupational Therapist, Driver Assessment and Rehabilitation Service, Metro South Health; and PhD Candidate and Lecturer, Griffith University.


Personalised Rehabilitation and Supports:

Personalised supports for children with neurodevelopmental disability
Assoc. Prof. David Trembath, Program Leader Child Health, Learning and Disability; Research and Speech Pathologist, Griffith University.

Mad Science: Building an Insight Generation Machine: An overview of current research at the Metro South Pain Rehabilitation Centre
Dr Nicholas Aitcheson, Acting Director, Metro South Pain Rehabilitation Centre.

The ‘Protectometer’ in practice: A comparison of themes and biopsychosocial domains between adults and young people with chronic pain
Ms Hannah Kennedy, Senior Occupational Therapist and Senior Research Officer, Interdisciplinary Persistent Pain Centre (IPPC), Gold Coast Health.


EPIC-Tech: Engineering and Physiotherapy Interdisciplinary Collaboration with Technology - exploration of a transdisciplinary approach to allied health services
Dr Camila Shirota, Research Fellow and HabITec Lead, The Hopkins Centre.

The impact of virtual reality-based nature exposure on the mood of neurorehabilitation patients.
Dr Mike Norwood, Research Fellow, The Hopkins Centre.

Can we enhance the home modification process and outcomes using 3D visualisations of ADLs? A proof-of-concept study.
Ms Coral Gillett, Senior Research Assistant, The Hopkins Centre.


Poster Displays

The following posters were on display at this year's event: