Allied Professionals Forum
The Allied Professionals Forum (APF) is an educational and training forum for allied health professionals, such as physiotherapists, respiratory therapists, nutritionists, speech-language pathologists, social workers and more, who specialise in ALS/MND. This international forum offers healthcare professionals from around the world an opportunity to share ideas on good practice in the daily management of people with ALS/MND. The International Alliance of ALS/MND Associations will host a virtual Allied Professionals Forum spread over two days to accommodate time zones on 3 – 4 December 2020.
The APF presentations are on practical care strategies and assistive technology innovations for the clinical management of ALS/MND.
If you are an Allied health professional, in the clinical management of ALS/MND then this is the meeting for you.
The APF has received generous long term support from our friends at the ALS Hope Foundation.
The Programme Committee is particularly interested in receiving abstracts which:
- demonstrate practical management strategies
- provide opportunities to reflect on options and solutions
- provide specific examples and/or data to inform on their use
- stimulate understanding and learning and the ability to translate this into practice
- reflect international differences and similarities in care management
- are innovative and novel but practical and applicable
KEY THEMES: 2020
We welcome abstracts on a variety of topics but the following themes will be emphasized:
- Assistive Technology/Improving Communication
- Genetic Counseling
- Respiratory Support
- Therapeutic Interventions and Rehabilitation
- Managing Cognitive Change
- Psychosocial and Emotional Support Models of Care
- Sex and Intimacy
We are looking for models or strategies that you have developed and/or incorporated into your practice that are novel and innovative as well as practical and applicable. Please share your outcomes, lessons learned and the impact of your programs or models of care.
- All abstracts must be submitted via the online form, and the system will accept abstracts until 11:59PM PDT on 28 August 2020
- Abstracts must be in English and no longer than 400 words.
- There may be varied presentation styles this year (panel, groups, etc.) but typically speakers are given 15 minutes to present their information with 5 minutes for questions and discussion.
- The APF Programme Committee will review all abstracts.
- If an abstract is accepted for presentation, the presenter must register for the APF and registration fees are the responsibility of the presenter.
- Individuals may submit more than one abstract.
- Biographies will be requested for presenters, not to exceed 150 words.
- Abstracts should reflect presentations that are fair, balanced and free of commercial bias.
Make a difference to people with ALS/MND and those who care for them by sharing your knowledge and experience!
APF PROGRAMME COMMITTEE:
Sara Feldman (Co-Chair)
ALS Hope Foundation
Rachel Marsden (Co-Chair)
Oxford MND Care and Research Centre
The ALS Association
Ursula Schneider Rosinger
ALS Clinic St. Gallen
The ALS Association