Practical Strategies Conference 2016 – Paediatric Traumatic Brain Injury: Protecting Our Kids

April 21, 2016

Conference papers and presentations for download:

PAPER: The New Catastrophic Impairment Definition Brain Injury in Children – by Deanna Gilbert and Troy Lehman

PowerPoint Presentation: The New CAT Definition: Brain Injury in Children – by Deanna S. Gilbert and Troy H. Lehman

Journal of Pediatric Rehabilitation Medicine: An Interdisciplinary Approach – by Dr. Jacob A. Neufeld

PowerPoint Presentation: Pediatric Traumatic Brain Injury Life Care Planning – by Dr. Jacob A. Neufeld

PowerPoint Presentation: Associations Between Traumatic Brain Injuries and Substanceuse Among Ontario Youth – by Dr. Michael D. Cusimano

PowerPoint Presentation: Exploring the King’s Outcome Scale for Childhood Head Injury in Children – by Dr. Peter Rumney

PowerPoint Presentation: Collaborative Solutions for School Integration Following Pediatric Traumatic Brain Injury– Patrick Brown (Moderator), Panel: Sara Diederichs, Christine Kalkanis and Mary Anderson
Reference Material: Collaborative Solutions for School Integration Following Pediatric Traumatic Brain Injury – by Panel

PowerPoint Presentation: From the Hospital to the Community: Discharge Planning Issues – David Tenszen (Moderator), Panel: Kathy Gravel, Cindy Ruelens, Sarah Warren and Devyn Weeks

Concussions and Return to Play: Protecting Young People – by Dr. Charles Tator


Thursday, April 21, 2016 – This year’s PIA Law Practical Strategies Conference will address various topics surrounding Paediatric Traumatic Brain Injury such as:

  • How to increase awareness and understanding of paediatric traumatic brain injury
  • Development of advocacy protocols to support families affected by paediatric TBI
  • Learn how the upcoming changes to the SABS and the new definition of Catastrophic Impairment will affect benefits available to those suffering  paediatric brain injury
  • Provide a forum for discussion and having your questions answered by legal experts and health care professionals

This conference will be of special interest to all health care professionals, patients and their families.

COST: $100
(The conference fees include all learning materials, meals and cocktail reception.  The fees for this conference will be donated entirely to the OBIA Hospital Clinician Educational Bursary and the PIA Community Healthcare Professional Bursary).

TIME: 7:30 a.m. – 5:30 p.m.

LOCATION: Arcadian Court, 401 Bay Street, 8th Floor  View Google Map


7:30 Registration and Breakfast

8:20 Welcome and Introduction
Co-Chairs: Robert Ben (Partner, Thomson Rogers), Patrick Brown (Partner, McLeish Orlando), and Adam Little (Partner, Oatley Vigmond)

8:30 Substance Abuse and Traumatic Brain Injury
Dr. Michael D. Cusimano (University of Toronto, Neurosurgery)

9:10 Exploring the Kings Outcome Scale (KOSCHI) for Children Attending Rehab and Long Term Outcomes for Paediatric TBI
Dr. Peter Rumney (Holland Bloorview)

10:00 Refreshment Break

10:20 Collaborative Solutions for School Integration Following Paediatric Traumatic Brain Injury
Moderator: Patrick Brown (Partner, McLeish Orlando)
Panelists: Mary Anderson (Case Manager, KIDS Community Health Services), Christine Kalkanis (Treatment Provider, Post Traumatic Rehabilitation Services), Sarah Diederichs (Holland Bloorview)

11:20 The New SABS: Law and Strategies Relating to Paediatric Traumatic Brain Injury
Troy Lehman (Partner, Oatley Vigmond), Deanna Gilbert (Partner, Thomson Rogers)

12:00 Lunch Break

1:00 Paediatric Life Care Planning
Keynote Speaker: Dr. Jacob Neufeld (Medical Director of Paediatric Rehabilitation, St. Luke’s Children’s Hospital (Boise, Idaho, USA))

2:00 From the Hospital to the Community: Discharge Planning Issues
Moderator: David Tenszen (Partner, Thomson Rogers)
Panelists: Kathy Gravel (Social Worker, Holland Bloorview), Cindy Ruelens (Social Worker, Holland Bloorview), Sarah Warren (Clinical Social Worker, The Social Work Consulting Group)

2:45 Concussions and Return to Play: Protecting our Young People
Dr. Charles Tator (Professor, Department of Surgery, University of Toronto)

3:45 Questions from the Audience & Closing Remarks

4:15 Cocktail Reception

*All speakers and topics are subject to change.




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