Multi-disciplinary workshop on Cerebral Palsy by a visiting Australian team
A group of experts on Paediatric Rehabilitation visited the multidisciplinary clinic (MDC) for children with disabilities at the Faculty of Medicine, University of Kelaniya on the 24th of April 2018 and held a one-day intensive workshop regarding the management of children with cerebral palsy.
Dr. James Rice, Head of Paediatric Rehabilitation Women’s and Children’s Hospital, Adelaide and Associate Lecturer, Flinders University, Australia led this team which also included Dr. Brian Hoare, Occupational Therapist, Monash Children’s Hospital, Melbourne, Senior Research Fellow, Monash & La Trobe Universities, Honorary Fellow of Australian Catholic University and Dr. Adrienne Harvey, Senior Research Officer, Murdoch Children's Research Institute, Physiotherapist, Royal Children's Hospital, Paediatric Lecturer, Monash University. Local experts Dr Nimisha Muttiah, Speech and Language Therapist, Senior Lecturer, Faculty of Medicine, University of Kelaniya and Mr. Chathuranga Munasinghe, Specialist in Orthotics and Prosthetics, Exceed Lanka joined the overseas team of experts.
Local professionals such as the working therapists at the MDC, final year speech and language therapy students and Paediatric trainees attached to the North Colombo Teaching Hospital presented cases at this workshop.
The team provided expert opinion on 18 children with cerebral palsy on all aspects of their management and intervention. The experts demonstrated detailed assessments and interventions by conducting team meetings at this workshop.
Seventy-five participants representing all disciplines providing services for children with disabilities attended this workshop. This successful workshop was a collaborative effort between the Sri Lanka Association for Child Development and the Department of Disability, Faculty of Medicine. Further the experts commended the MDC team for their informative presentations and their excellent management of children with cerebral palsy.