The CRE-CP is pleased to be able to record most of our education seminars and make them available here as audio podcasts. You can subscribe to the channel by searching for “CRE-CP” in your podcasting app.

Another podcast you may interested in is CRE Training Lab; a collaboration between the Centres of Research Excellence at Murdoch Children’s Research Institute to provide a professional development program for early-mid career researchers and PhD students.Each episode presents tools and information on new topics related to research. Listen to the episodes below, search for “CRE Training Lab” in your podcast app or check it out at


CRE-CP Education Podcasts

Episode 9. What’s sleep got to do with it? Uncovering sleep issues in children with physical disabilities

Outline: In this episode we hear about current evidence for sleep problems in children with physical disabilities, with a focus on research applicable to the Australian context. For families who are experiencing sleep difficulties, it is useful for them to have a ‘map’ to explore the diverse biomedical, personal and environmental factors which affect their child’s sleep and to identify strategies and resources which can make a difference.

Click here to view the slides for this talk.

For more information about the Chailey Sleep Questionnaire please contact Samantha Weddell at the Chailey Heritage Centre on  or visit

Episode 8. VPRS Education Day Part 3: Outpatient development assessment program

Outline: In this episode we hear about current and emerging research in paediatric rehabilitation from a selection of practitioners presenting at a Victorian Paediatric Rehabilitation Service (VPRS) education day in July 2017. In part 3 Dr Sue Greaves speaks outpatient development assessment programs.

Episode 8. VPRS Education Day Part 2: Upper limb orthosis

Outline: In this episode we hear about current and emerging research in paediatric rehabilitation from a selection of practitioners presenting at a Victorian Paediatric Rehabilitation Service (VPRS) education day in July 2017. In part 2 Professor Christine Imms speaks about upper limb orthosis.

Episode 8. VPRS Education Day Part 1: Participation

Outline: In this episode we hear about current and emerging research in paediatric rehabilitation from a selection of practitioners presenting at a Victorian Paediatric Rehabilitation Service (VPRS) education day in July 2017. In part 1 Professor Christine Imms speaks about participation in rehabilitation.

Episode 7. Dyskinetic cerebral palsy

Outline: In this episode Dr Adrienne Harvey looks at the current evidence and future research directions in dyskinetic cerebral palsy, including the AACPDM Care Pathway for Dystonia.

Episode 6. Alternative and augmentative communication (AAC) in children with cerebral palsy | Katie Lyon and Gemma Holleran, Scope Victoria

Outline: This episode outlines the myths and benefits of using alternative and augmentative communication (AAC) with children with cerebral palsy, including current research, an understanding of how AAC fits with typical language development, why AAC is important for children with cerebral palsy and what’s new in AAC strategies and technology.

Click here to download the accompanying handout. 

Episode 5. Supporting the mental health of parents: Opportunities for Intervention | Dr Elise Davis, Dr Kim-Michelle Gilson, Dr Helen-Bourke Taylor, Joan Gains

Outline: This episode highlights new research in the CRE-CP focusing on the mental health care needs of parents of children with a disability and innovative practices to support parental mental health. New quantitative research on the mental health care needs and preferences of 300 mothers of children with a disability is presented, in addition to qualitative research with mothers and professionals. The podcast will also focus on opportunities to better support mothers’ mental health from the individual level to the broader service system.

Click here for more information about the Carer Gateway

Episode 4. Igniting Fitness Possibilities for children of all abilities | A/Prof Virginia Wright

Outline: This episode outlines inclusive physical participation programs in the community, discussing ways to bridge the gap between physiotherapy services and instructor-based fitness or recreation programs, and providing ideas for creative solutions that can be applied in situations where families may not have access to an organized program. Virginia presents an update on new research in this area and talks about developing the Igniting Fitness Possibilities program.

Episode 3. An update on the F-Words and Knowledge Translation | Professor Peter Rosenbaum

Outline: This episode outlines a knowledge translation journey after the success of “The F-Words in Childhood Disability: I swear this is how we should think!” Researchers, clinicians and families have found common ground in this holistic approach and are now working together to move these ideas into practice. In this episode Peter Rosenbaum presents unique perspectives from parent, clinician, and researcher representatives on the F-words and strategies for implementing the F-words in practice.

Episode 2. Hip Surveillance in Victoria: lessons learned to date and the road ahead | Rachel Toovey

Outline: This episode provides an update on the work of the hip surveillance project team and reports on the progress of projects to survey Victorian health professionals about current practice, barriers and facilitators to hip surveillance, and to explore the experiences of parents and carers when engaging with the hip surveillance process through focus groups.

Click here to see the care map of G and G’s family as mentioned in the podcast. 

Episode 1. Functional hand use in children with unilateral cerebral palsy | Dr Lena Krumlinde Sundholm

Outline: Routine daily tasks often require the use of both hands. When performing such tasks, each hand adopts a different, but complimentary role. For children with unilateral upper limb impairment, the well-functioning hand will always be preferred for fine manipulation and skillful actions. But what are the demands on the affected hand? What constitutes a useful assisting hand? In this podcast Lena discusses the concept of functional hand use in children with unilateral cerebral palsy, as well as the difference between hand function capacity and performance. Furthermore, she also demonstrates how the Assisting Hand Assessment can be useful to guide interventions aiming at improving functional hand use.

CRE Training Lab

Episode 12. Policy and Advocacy | Dr Sue West,

The journey from research to informing policy decision-making is a strategic, multi-faceted process with collaboration at its core. Using a real-world case studies in child health services, Sue West illustrates the concept of ‘research translation’ to increase the use of evidence in policy.

Episode 11. Fine tuning your CV | Elizabeth Bremner & Professor Peter Anderson

Elizabeth Bremner and Professor Peter Anderson discuss the best way to present your experience to employers on paper and in person, and outline strategies to help you write a powerful resume and cover letter.

Episode 2. Part one: Publications | Professor Andrew Davidson

Part two: Authorship | Professor Andrew Davidson

Outline: Impressive publications can propel your career to the next academic stage whilst poorly planned publications can cause ongoing grief and stress!
A publications plan is critical. Mapping out the sequence and focus of publications, the authors list and order, timelines and sequence of reviews, and choosing where you will publish, are important decisions that contribute to a high quality publication. Crafting your paper, managing feedback from other authors and pulling it all together requires skill and diplomacy. In this seminar, Andrew will discuss how to approach publications and authorship in order to avoid a political misstep and maximise your potential!

Episode 1. The Modern Research Community | Dr David Martino

Outline: The research community is evolving. The way in which we quantify legitimate research activities, judge research output, communicate our findings, share ideas and collaborate has changed in recent years. This seminar will explore how the evolution of open access policies, research metrics, peer review, crowdfunding and social media are changing the landscape of academic research. This podcast looks at how researchers are now more empowered than ever to promote their own work, drive opinion in their respective disciplines, and connect to funders and collaborators at unprecedented levels. David also looks at which platforms are trending in these areas, and provides links to some useful resources.

Click here to download a list of tools that are mentioned in this episode.