National MND Conference 2014

MND Australia is pleased to announce the 7th National Motor Neurone Disease (MND) Conference.
Date: Monday 8 September 2014
Location: Gold Coast
Theme: Together! Participation, Partnerships, Progress
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  • Allied health professionals
  • Case managers
  • Community care providers
  • General practitioners
  • Government representatives
  • Medical specialists
  • Nurses
  • Palliative care staff
  • Residential aged care staff
  • Personal Care workers
Together! Participation, Partnerships, Progress
  • Models of support for people with MND
  •  Education and information
  •  Carer Support
  •  Maintaining independence and quality of life
  • Frameworks and pathways of interdisciplinary care
  •  Working at the interface – disability, aged, health and palliative care
  •  Collaborative approaches to care
  • Advances in knowledge and clinical care
  •  NDIS – the experience so far
  •  Technology
  •  Cognitive changes
Dr David OliverDr David Oliver
Dr David Oliver is Consultant Physician in Palliative Medicine at the Wisdom Hospice in Rochester, Kent UK, and Honorary Reader in Palliative Care at the University of Kent. He is also a Visiting Professor at the Medical Faculty, University of Zagreb in Croatia and an Adjunct Associate Professor at Curtin University, Perth. Dr Oliver has written widely on the palliative care and symptom control of patients with MND, including Motor Neurone Disease – a family affair, and as principal editor of Palliative Care of Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis – from diagnosis to bereavement, a third edition of which is published in 2014.

Dr Robert HendersonDr Robert Henderson
Following a period as Director of Neurology at the Royal Brisbane and Women’s Hospital (RBWH) from 2005–2013, Dr Robert Henderson has returned to clinical research with an interest in neuromuscular disorders and stroke. He is a national leader in MND and co-coordinates the RBWH MND clinic. With Professor McCombe (University of Queensland) he has conducted investigator-driven research into biomarkers of disease progression. Dr Henderson has participated in three international MND and 2 neuromuscular clinical trials.

Dr Shuyuan NgoDr Shyuan Ngo
After obtaining her PhD in Neuroscience in 2009, Dr Shyuan Ngo undertook her first postdoctoral training position with Prof Pamela McCombe and Dr Robert Henderson. In 2012, she was awarded a Motor Neurone Disease Research Institute of Australia Bill Gole Fellowship to conduct research in a niche area, which focuses on metabolic imbalance in MND. Dr Ngo has presented her research at a number of national and international meetings, and regularly communicates her research outcomes to the wider community. 

Ray CurrieRay Currie  PSM
Following a lifetime of working in Local Government management which resulted in Ray being awarded a Public Service Medal for service to Local Government in the 2005 Queens Birthday Honours list, Ray Currie retired from paid employment in March 2010.  Ray’s wife of 40 years was diagnosed with MND by Dr Rob Henderson on 24 November 2011 and Ray cared for Suzanne until her death on 14 February 2014.


The registration fee is $150 (inc GST) including morning tea, lunch, afternoon tea. The conference will commence at 9am and conclude at 4.30pm. Networking session with drinks and canapes will be available from 4.30 to 5.30pm depending on numbers of delegates able to stay on post conference - please email to register your interest in the post conference networking session. 

Register now!
Program now available here.

Download the Conference brochure.
The conference will be held at the Mercure Gold Coast Resort at Carrara, located 30 minutes from the Gold Coast Airport and just minutes away from the beautiful Gold Coast beaches.

Please use the accommodation booking form to secure your accommodation at the Mercure Gold Coast Resort.

Getting there
The nearest airport is the Gold Coast airport at Coolangatta with flights to and from most capital cities. The Gold Coast Shuttle serviceoperates from the airport and can be booked online. Alternatively the Mercure Gold Coast Resort can provide transfers to and fromBrisbane and Gold Coast airports and a number of other destinations. Their Coaster seats 20 people so if you are travelling with a group of people this option may be cost effective for you - please contact the resort for more details or to book.

If you would like us to book your transfer from the Mercure to the Gold Coast Airport following the networking session at 5.30pm please email  

Further information
Contact MND Australia 02 9816 5322 or email.