Event Date 31 Aug 2018 (8:30 am - 5:00 am)
Location Hotel Grand Chancellor

The 9th National Motor Neurone Disease (MND) Conference will be hosted by the MND Association of South Australia on Friday 31 August 2018 at the Grand Chancellor Hotel, Adelaide.


The aim of the Conference is to promote sharing of expertise and understanding of MND nationally to improve care and support for people living with MND, their carers and family. It provides an opportunity to promote evidence based and best practice care and to encourage collaboration, coordination and research.    

Who should attend?

  • Allied health professionals
  • Case managers
  • Community aged care providers
  • Community disability providers 
  • General practitioners
  • Government representatives
  • Local Area Coordinators 
  • Medical specialists
  • NDIA staff
  • Nurses
  • Palliative care staff
  • Residential aged care staff
  • Personal care workers
  • People living with MND
  • Support coordinators 

Informing, Influencing, Innovating


  • Translating advances in knowledge and clinical care into practice 
  • Models of support for people with MND
  • Carer Support
  • Maintaining independence and quality of life
  • Improving well being 


  • Working to influence best practice in a changing service sector environment
  • Cross sector models of care to narrow the disability, aged, healthcare divide
  • Facilitating the transition to the NDIS  
  • Collaborative approaches to improve care and support
  • Advance care planning and end of life care


  • Innovations in technology to support communication and independence 
  • Innovative approaches to supporting people living with MND and their families
  • Using technology to provide MND education and information
  • Developing a smart home  

Keynote speakers

Professor Samar Aoun is a palliative care researcher with a public health approach and a focus on under-served population groups such as people with MND, Dementia, terminally ill people who live alone and family caregivers before and after bereavement. Her work on supporting family caregivers at end of life and the public health approach to bereavement care has informed policy and practice at the national and international levels.

Dr Susan Mathers is a Consultant Neurologist at Monash Medical Centre, and the Clinical Director of Neurology at Calvary Health Care Bethlehem, Melbourne, which provides neuro-rehabilitative and neuro-palliative services to people with progressive neurological diseases including MND. Her main interests are in the management of chronic progressive neurological diseases and models of care.

Dr Shyuan Ngo PhD was awarded a MND Research Institute of Australia Bill Gole Fellowship in 2012 to conduct research in a niche area, which focuses on metabolic imbalance in MND. Dr Ngo has presented her research at a number of national and international meetings, and regularly communicates her research outcomes to the wider community.

Pre Conference Networking Event

Thursday 30 August, 2018 5pm – 7pm Hotel Grand Chancellor Adelaide on Hindley 

Conference Day

Friday 31 August, 2018 8.30am – 5pm

Hotel Grand Chancellor Hindley Street Adelaide, South Australia

Full program

Event Date 31 Aug 2018 (8:30 am - 5:00 am)
Location Hotel Grand Chancellor