The Hopkins Centre In Focus Research Series - Session three

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REGISTER NOW for session three for the THC In Focus Research Series on ‘Resilience and Adaptation in Rehabilitation'

Hear from health practitioners, clinicians, people with lived experience, researchers and industry experts about the impact of pandemic events during 2020 on rehabilitation systems, services, connections and community. Each session will showcase a different perspective on disruption and adaptation in rehabilitation and designing resilient systems and responsive services, advancing technology, creating adaptive practices and interventions for the future.

Click here to view Session One recording - 'Practitioner perspectives on system and service disruption across the continuum of care.'

Click here to view Session Two recording - 'Citizen focus on resilience, rights, and consumer centred community during system disruption.'

Session three: Wednesday, 2 December 2020, at 1.30pm AUS Eastern Time

Panel Discussion with experts, advocates and future thinkers on a new generation and vision for rehabilitation and what inclusive, adaptable and resilient rehabilitation systems could look like into the future.


This session is part of a three-part virtual event series, with all session details outlined below:



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Professor John Olver, AM, MB, BS, M.D. (Melb), FAFRM (RACP), Consultant Physician in Rehabilitation Medicine and Professor in Rehabilitation Medicine in the Department of Medicine at Monash University 

Professor John Olver is the Medical Director of Rehabilitation at Epworth Healthcare, Melbourne, Australia. In 2009, he was appointed to the Victor Smorgon Chair of Rehabilitation Medicine, Epworth HealthCare and Monash University. He is Clinical Director of the Australasian Rehabilitation Outcomes Centre (AROC).

Professor Olver is a past-President of the Australasian Faculty of Rehabilitation Medicine (AFRM) and of the Asia-Oceanian Society of Physical and Rehabilitation Medicine (AOSPRM). He served as treasurer of the President’s Cabinet of the International Society of Physical and Rehabilitation Medicine (ISPRM) for six years. Professor Olver was Convenor of the 2012 Melbourne WFNR Conference Committee. In 2014, he was a Recipient of a Member in the General Division of the Order of Australia (AM) “for significant service to medicine, particularly the treatment and rehabilitation of acquired brain injuries” and awarded the Centenary of Federation Medal for services to Road Safety in 2002.

Professor Olver's main research interests and a focus of publications includes: traumatic brain injury, concussion, spasticity management and stroke rehabilitation. He has co-authored over 95 papers and 5 book chapters. He is co-supervising six PhD projects within EMReM.


Professor Phillip MorrisAdjunct Professor at the Queensland University of Technology’s
Institute of Health and Biomedical Innovation 

Phillip has an extensive 40-year history in research, particularly focused on biology and human molecular genetics, with more than 140 publications in international scientific journals. He has more than 20 years’ experience teaching in universities in Queensland and South Australia, and also brings expertise in successfully applying for grants, developing new technologies and more.

Phillip is currently a ‘retired’ Adjunct Professor at the Queensland University of Technology’s Institute of Health and Biomedical Innovation, where he continues to mentor students and researchers. He is a passionate advocate for improving outcomes and quality of life for people with spinal cord damage, with lived experience having sustained an injury in 2005.



Dr Elissa Farrow, MBBS, FAFRM (RACP), BSc (Biomed) Staff Specialist in
Rehabilitation Medicine at the Sunshine Coast University Hospital and
Co-chair of the Statewide Rehabilitation Clinical Network 

Dr Elissa Farrow is a Rehabilitation Medicine Physician working across multiple facilities and rehabilitation service types within the Sunshine Coast Hospital and Health Service (SCHHS).  Prior to commencing her current role on the Sunshine Coast, Elissa worked and trained in several rehabilitation services within South East Queensland and Ireland.   Over the last 6 years, Elissa has been a clinical lead in the transition and expansion of the Rehabilitation Service within the SCHHS including the state's newest tertiary level facility, the Sunshine Coast University Hospital.  
Elissa was a founding member of the Statewide Rehabilitation Clinical Network Steering Committee and has been Co-chair since 2019. In this role Elissa has been actively involved in a number of statewide initiatives which aim to promote and expand rehabilitation services and facilitate communication and shared skills between hospital and community providers. Review and promotion of models utilising hybrid care platforms and integrated practice have been a key focus this year as the Network strives to mitigate the impacts of COVID-19 on Rehabilitation services across the state.  Elissa leads a consumer-focused network that aims to enable rehabilitation users and those living with long term disability in the community to access rehabilitation services and support to reach their goals. Elissa is passionate about rehabilitation advocacy and the need for co-designed development of services and opportunities to meet the communities' evolving requirements. 


Associate Professor Libby Callaway, Rehabilitation, Ageing and Independent
Living Research Centre & Occupational Therapy Department, Monash University

Libby Callaway is a registered occupational therapist, having worked for the past 27 years in the field of neurological disability in Australia and the USA. Since 1999, Libby has been the director and principal of Neuroskills, a community based occupational therapy practice in Melbourne. In addition to this clinical work, Libby is the President of the Australian Rehabilitation and Assistive Technology Association (ARATA) and an Associate Professor in the Monash University Occupational Therapy Department and Rehabilitation, Ageing and Independent Living Research Centre. At Monash, Libby leads a national collaborative research program focused on housing, technology, and workforce design for people with disability, funded by state and federal government disability and injury insurers. She also holds advisory roles to State and Federal government in the areas of disability, housing and allied health.


Panel Moderator

Morris Miselowski, Global Business Futurist, Presenter and Foresight Strategist Morris Miselowski image

For over 30 years, Morris Miselowski, acclaimed global business futurist, in demand presenter and sought-after international media commentator, has been hypothesising about what the future holds. Turns out he was right.

Nothing feels more natural to Morris Miselowski than challenging the status quo. He’s forever imagining what a different world might look like. Morris was born to be a futurist. The son of World War II survivors, who had seen the world crumbling around them, he grew up in a household that believed there would always be a better tomorrow. This belief has become his lifelong passion. Through powerful storytelling, and practical and uncanny insights, Morris takes some of the world’s biggest organisations and brands on a journey that enables them to see what tomorrow might look like – long before they experience it. A hell-raiser to the core. Morris is known to hurl metaphorical hand-grenades into rooms to push companies to unshackle from legacy systems and stuck-in-the past thinking.

A conversation with Morris often starts with making people uncomfortable, in order to get them comfortable to dream – big, bold, audacious dreams. He’s teeming with questions about the world around us. Through childlike wonder and curiosity, Morris approaches organisational challenges from the viewpoint that tomorrow is under our control – and it can be transformed. He’s no Nostradamus though. Through his depth-of-knowledge he hypothesises, rather than predicts what lies ahead.

For over 30 years, Morris has been methodically collecting evidence and information across 160 industries. He’s also picked up an assortment of weird and wonderful facts, much like a bowerbird. It’s through this wide lens that he provides bespoke and matter-of-fact exchanges, exercises and experiences so organisations can understand what their future potential might be in the marketplace. Through his inquisitiveness and human-centric approach to future thinking, Morris motivates businesses to do things differently – by shifting and shaping their thinking. He assists them to see their own industry with a clarity they may not have been able to before. It’s these a-ha moments that gives Morris the greatest joy and drive. Morris has identified opportunities in all sorts of areas, from dynamic architecture and active bedding to the aged-care workforce and digital twinning. He was speaking about digital wallets, branded fruit and vegetables and smart homes and cities well before they became a reality.

To Morris, everything that businesses do and believe in is a construct of the mind. It can be broken down – and rebuilt for a successful future. To get to where he is, Morris has worn many hats. By the age of 18, he was living the entrepreneurial life running a direct mail business. However, moving from his garage-bound business to the global stage, including delivering a TEDx talk, took a few more steps. He spent many years as an academic in management and marketing and even ventured behind prison bars, to work as a Chaplain. He’s also Australia’s first and only futurist in the Einstein 100 Genius (G100) alumni, an honour he shares with the exceptional, Barbara Streisand. More recently Morris has been working closely with Griffith University as an ambassador and Adjunct Industry Fellow. No matter your business type, Morris will assist you to smash all the barriers that are boxing you in. He is lively, forthright and a truly global thinker, who will awaken your creative force. Imagine the possibilities.


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