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CPISRA Conference 2021


2021 CPISRA Conference on Physical Activity and Health for People with Cerebral Palsy or Acquired Brain Injury

10th – 12th December 2021, Sydney, Australia

Delivered in partnership with Disability Sport Australia and the Cerebral Palsy Foundation


In response to the rapidly evolving COVID-19 pandemic, CPISRA, Disability Sports Australia, the Cerebral Palsy Foundation and our conference partners at the University of Sydney have made the difficult decision to postpone the inaugural CPISRA International Conference. The new dates are the 10th – 12th December 2021. For more information head to the 2021 CPISRA Conference website


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What – A 3 day conference featuring expert talks and workshops on the connection between physical activity and health for people with Cerebral Palsy (CP) or Acquired Brain Injury (ABI).

When – 10th, 11th and 12th December 2021

Why – To provide a forum for knowledge exchange and enhance interaction between researchers, healthcare professionals, sporting experts, individuals and families in order to address the unique matters in the interdisciplinary area of adaptive physical activity and sport for individuals with cerebral palsy and acquired brain injury. This conference will be unique in linking those doing research with those who will apply the knowledge.

Where – The inaugural CPISRA Conference on Physical Activity and Health for People with Cerebral Palsy or Acquired Brain Injury will take place in the beautiful city of Sydney, the capital of New South Wales and one of Australia’s largest cities. The venue will be the prestigious University of Sydney, founded in 1850, it is Australia’s first university and regarded as one of the world’s leading universities. The University of Sydney is an Australian public research university. In 2015 the Cerebral Palsy Alliance Research Institute relocated to the University of Sydney and became formally affiliated with the Discipline of Child and Adolescent Health, in the Faculty of Medicine and Health. The Cerebral Palsy Alliance Research Institute is co-located with the Brain and Mind Centre. The Institute’s aim is to prevent and cure cerebral palsy as well as find innovative new treatments and interventions. In 2018 the Institute for Musculoskeletal Health was founded, a research partnership between the University and the neighbouring Sydney Local Health District. The Institute aims to enhance musculoskeletal health and promote physical activity for people with disabilities and older adults.

The call for evidence for actions is ever increasing, and there is a need to provide a space for knowledge exchange and learning between researchers and practitioners in the field of sport and recreation for cerebral palsy and related conditions. At the grassroots end of disability sport and recreation, more parents, therapists and individuals are taking a larger interest in participation as the benefits of physical activity on all aspects of well-being are becoming more widely known. Equally, at the competitive and elite end of cerebral palsy sport, research into coaching, evidence-based classification and psychological effects of sport is all being explored.

SAVE THE DATE! The inaugural CPISRA Conference on Physical activity and Health for People with Cerebral Palsy or Acquired Brain Injury will be held on the 10th – 12th December 2021.