CALL FOR ABSTRACTS: 2016 Allied Professionals Forum


MND Association: International Symposium on ALS/MND The International Alliance of ALS/MND Associations
6 December 2016
Convention Centre Dublin
Dublin, Ireland


DEADLINE: Friday, 6 May 2016


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The International Alliance of ALS/MND Associations will host a one-day Allied Professionals Forum at the Convention Centre Dublin on 6 December 2016. This seminar, specifically for allied health and social care professionals, is held between the International Alliance Meeting (4-5 December) and the International Symposium on ALS/MND (7-9 December).

Make a difference to people with ALS/MND and those
that care for them 
by sharing your knowledge and experience.

The Allied Professionals Forum is an opportunity for health professionals to share their experiences, knowledge and strategies of caring for people with ALS/MND with their international peers. The aim of this program is to promote the exchange of information on good practice and to enable health and social care professionals from all parts of the world to provide the highest quality care possible for people with ALS/MND through education and open dialogue.

Presenters discuss the hands-on work we all do in supporting people who live with ALS/MND. They review and discuss professional strategies and practices and report on their impact. Practice generates huge amounts of evidence supporting good initiatives that can be applied by others. This is the kind of practice-based evidence we’d like you to share!

Speakers are given 15 minutes to present their information
with 5 minutes for questions/discussion. The APF will run strictly to time.

Please note that all abstracts are limited to 400 words.

The APF Programme Committee is particularly interested in receiving abstracts which:

  • demonstrate practical management strategies
  • provide opportunities to reflect on options and solutions
  • stimulate understanding and learning, and the ability to translate this into practice
  • reflect international differences and similarities in care management

We invite you to submit a presentation abstract that addresses one of our key themes for 2016. The themes are:

  • Models of Support for Staff/Carers/PALS/MND
  • Assistive Technology: Communication Devices, Equipment and Other Innovations
  • Best Practice in the Care and Management of PALS/MND: Putting Evidence-Based Models Into Practice
  • Changing Practice: Novel Approaches to Improve QOL for PALS/MND and Carers
  • Advances in Managing FTD for Staff/Carers
  • Promoting a Palliative Approach: Planning Ahead and End-of-Life Care



The Programme Committee urges you to think about your practice and what you might have to share with your fellow practitioners.

Steven Bell (Co-Chair)
Director of Regional Care (North), MND Association of England, Wales and Northern Ireland
Sara Feldman (Co-Chair)
Clinical Liaison, ALS Hope Foundation, USA
Carol Birks
Chairwoman, International Alliance of ALS/MND Associations; Executive Director, MND Australia
Aisling Farrell
Chief Executive Officer, Irish Motor Neurone Disease Association
Robert A. Goldstein
Vice-President of Marketing, Communications and Development, ALS Therapy Development Institute
Rachel Patterson
General Manager, International Alliance of ALS/MND Associations