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Management of children with Achondroplasia eCourse


Presenter: Penny Ireland, PhD

Dr Penny Ireland is the Clinical Leader for Inpatients and a senior physiotherapist within the Queensland Pediatric Rehabilitation Service, based at the Queensland Children’s Hospital, Brisbane. She has over 25 years of experience working with children who have neurological challenges such as Acquired Brain Injury and Cerebral Palsy. Dr Ireland has a particular interest and passion for working with children with achondroplasia. She was awarded an Australian Postgraduate Award in 2010 and completed her PhD studies in July 2012 through the School of Health and Rehabilitation Science at University of Queensland. This body of work focuses on development of children with achondroplasia and included a national review and follow up of children across 12 years. Penny coordinates the Achondroplasia Clinic at QPRS and is currently involved with 3 research projects (collaboration with University of Queensland, Macquarie University and Victorian Clinical Genetics Service). Penny’s experience with achondroplasia has been well recognized internationally and she acts as a consultant for a number of achondroplasia based services across the world.


Deadline to Register for eCourse: Wednesday, November 10, 2021

eCourse Access Begins: Wednesday, November 10, 2021 (course is self-paced)

eCourse Closes: Friday, December 10, 2021

eCourse Cost: $75 AACPDM Members / $100 Non-Members

Learning Objectives:

  • The focus of this online learning module being is on knowledge translation of recent research findings, the lived experiences of children with Achondroplasia and their families, and the clinical recommendations from expert professionals in this field. Learn about current topics such as … Is it safe for children with Achondroplasia to be encouraged to sit independently? 
  • Participants will learn about the most current, evidence-based international guidelines for this unique population. Key inter-professional assessment and management recommendations will be explored and participants will be able to contribute actively via discussion groups and Q&A sessions.
  • Learn how to optimise function and meaningful participation for children and youth with Achondroplasia. Can you answer these questions … How can parents and professionals facilitate early, independent self-care? How can we improve the educational experience for this population? How can we encourage youth with Achondroplasia to find safe and engaging physical activity? Who is eligible to participate in Parasports?

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