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

Apr 21, 2016

A one-day conference for all health care professionals, patients and their families

Conference Goals

PIA Law is pleased to present a program which will address a broad range of topics surrounding Paediatric Traumatic Brain Injury which includes:

I. Increase awareness and understanding of Paediatric Traumatic Brain Injury
II. Development of advocacy protocols to support families affected by paediatric TBH
III. How the changes to the SABS will affect your patients and families following paediatric traumatic brain injury
IV. Provide a forum for discussion and have your questions answered by legal and health care professionals

Who should attend?

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

Continuing Education Credits

Conference attendance certificates will be provided.  Registrants are encouraged to review self-assessment guidelines issued by their professional college/association for continuing education credits or contact their professional college association for further information.

Conference Agenda

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

About the conference

We are pleased to present our keynote speakerDr. Jacob Neufeld 


Dr Neufeld is the Medical Director of Paediatric Rehabilitation at St. Luke’s Hospital in Boise, Idaho, USA.  He is also practices Physiatry at Elk’s Rehabilitation Hospital and Pediatric Physiatry at John Muir, Walnut Creek, as well as Pediatrics at CHRCO.

He is certified by The American Board of Pediatrics, The American Board of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation – Subspecialty in Pediatric Rehabilitation National Board of Medical Examiners.Dr. Neufeld earned his master’s degree in public health from the University of North Carolina.

He completed his internship at Detroit Medical Center/Grace Hospital/Wayne State University. He served his residency in pediatrics and physical medicine and rehabilitation at Detroit Medical Center/Children’s Hospital of Michigan and the Rehabilitation Institute of Michigan at Wayne State.

Dr. Neufeld has lectured on Paediatric Traumatic Brain Injury, written articles in various Journals such as The Journal of Pediatric Rehabilitation Medicine, The international Journal of Rehabilitation Research.

In addition, Dr. Neufeld volunteers for the Boise Rotary Club and in past has volunteered for  many camps, festivals for many organizations such as Muscular Dystrophy, Paralympics surrounding children.


Conference Registration fees are $100.00

Conference Materials, Breakfast buffet, Refreshment Break, Luncheon are provided compliments of the conference sponsors.

To register online:

All fees from the conference will be added to the Community Healthcare Professional and PIA/OBIA Hospital Clinician Educational Bursary.  For more information on the Bursary visit

Conference papers and presentations for download:


The New Catastrophic Impairment Definition Brain Injury in Children – By Troy Lehman and Deanna Gilbert

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

Associations between traumatic brain injuries and substance use among Ontario youth – By Michael D. Cusimano

Exploring the King’s Outcome Scale for Childhood Head Injury in Children – By Dr. Peter Rumney

Collaborative Solutions for School Integration Following Pediatric Traumatic Brain Injury – By Patrick Brown

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

Pediatric Traumatic Brain Injury Life Care Planning – By Jacob A. Neufeld

From the Hospital to the Community: Discharge Planning Issues – By David Tenszen

Concussions and Return to Play: Protecting Young People – By Charles Tator



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