Associate Professor Brian Hoare (Occupational therapist)
Brian has over 20 years’ clinical experience working in both the public and private health system. He worked in a clinical position at Monash Children’s Hospital (MCH), Melbourne from 2000 to 2019. While working full-time in a clinical position, he completed a PhD at La Trobe University in 2010. In 2011, Brian undertook an invited post-doctoral fellowship at the Karolinska Institute, Sweden. Brian currently holds an Associate Professor position within the School of Occupational Therapy, LaTrobe University where he supervises postgraduate students. He also holds an adjunct Senior Research Fellowship position within the Department of Paediatrics, Monash University and is an Honorary Research Fellow at Australian Catholic University.
Brian’s contribution to the field of CP research provides evidence of high quality, translational research. He has published extensively in peer-reviewed scientific journals; been invited to present at conferences and workshops; contribute to book chapters, commentaries and expert international guidelines. His current program of research continues to make a significant contribution, with impact nationally and internationally. To bridge the gap between research findings and clinical practice, Brian founded CPteaching in 2012. Since this time, he has taught over 70 instructional courses to over 1300 therapists and medical specialists. These courses have received an average rating of 9.4/10 and have been conducted across Australia, United Kingdom, Ireland, Belgium, Germany, Switzerland, Turkey and New Zealand. In 2013, Brian developed a mobile application known as CPToys. The App was a major innovation and example of using technology to improve the effectiveness of treatment for children with CP. In 2020, Brian launched the CPToys portal (www.cptoys.org). He was recognised as a 2020 AMP Tomorrow Maker for this work (https://www.ampstomorrowfund.com.au/tomorrow-makers/) and supported by the Telematics Trust (https://telematics.org.au/2020-grantees/).
In 2017, Brian was awarded a Career Development Grant by the Cerebral Palsy Alliance. In 2018, he was awarded the prestigious Gayle G Arnold Award at the American Academy for Cerebral Palsy and Developmental Medicine (AACDPM) meeting in Cincinnati, Ohio.
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Dr Sue Greaves (Occupational therapist)
Sue is a Senior Occupational Therapist at the Royal Children’s Hospital, Melbourne with over 35 years of clinical experience working with children with cerebral palsy (CP) within hospital and community settings. She has also undertaken extensive research in the field of assessment and intervention for very young children with unilateral CP, often presenting her findings at national and international conferences and meetings. Sue is in demand for courses teaching therapists the reliable use of assessment tools she has developed evaluating upper limb function in babies and young children with unilateral CP.
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