The translation goal of the CRE-CP is to ensure the standard of care for cerebral palsy is uniform and of the highest level across Australia. Knowledge Transfer Fellowships within the CRE-CP have been designed to dedicate specific time and resources to progress the application of new and established evidence related to cerebral palsy into practice. Fellows are supported by experienced advisory committees in developing toolkits of relevant resources and a translation strategy that can be implemented within key organisations.

Reliable identification, classification and assessment of dyskinesia in children with cerebral palsy
Dr Kirsty Stewart
Kirsty is working with members of the Dyskinesia Research Group within the CRE-CP to develop a toolkit of existing reliable and valid tools to comprehensively identify and classify dyskinesia, and measure its severity and impact on activity and participation using the framework of the International Classification of Functioning, Disability and Health. A knowledge translation strategy will focus on effectively implementing this toolbox in clinical and research settings throughout Australia.

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Supporting the mental health of parents and carers of children with cerebral palsy

Dr Carmen Pace
Carmen is working work with the Parental Mental Health team within the CRE-CP to develop a toolkit to support and guide health professionals in supporting the mental health and wellbeing of parents of children with cerebral palsy. The toolkit will provide guidance for health professionals to talk to parents about their mental health and provide information on referral pathways. A knowledge translation strategy will focus on effectively implementing this toolbox in clinical and research settings throughout Australia.

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Postoperative musculoskeletal rehabilitation protocols for the lower limb

Dr Claire Kerr

Claire is working with members of the Post-operative Musculoskeletal Rehabilitation Advisory Committee of the CRE-CP to develop a toolkit to guide health professionals in the rehabilitation of children and adults with cerebral palsy following musculoskeletal surgery, and information to support carers and persons with cerebral palsy following musculoskeletal surgery. A knowledge translation strategy will focus on effectively implementing this toolbox in clinical and research settings throughout Australia.

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Early detection and diagnosis of cerebral palsy.

Lynda McNamara

In 2014, agreement was reached between the European Academy of Childhood Disabilities (EACD), the American Academy of Cerebral Palsy and Developmental Medicine (AACPDM) and the Australasian Academy of Cerebral Palsy and Developmental Medicine (AusACPDM) to collaborate and develop international guidelines for cerebral palsy, including early detection and diagnosis.

Lynda will work with the International Clinical Guideline for Early Detection to develop a continuing medical education (CME) activity for general paediatricians, general practitioners, maternal healthcare providers and other clinicians involved in the early care of children. Family-friendly materials will also be developed to make the information accessible to people with cerebral palsy and their families.

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