My professional experience is in the rehabilitation field of children with different kinds of disabilities. However, my main interest is the assessment and rehabilitation of patient in developmental age after an ABI. As an IPBIS Ambassador I will propose and support the actions of IPBIS in favour of these children.
As a member of the Paediatric Rehabilitation Group of Italian Society of Physical and Rehabilitation Medicine (SIMFER) I may contribute to the dissemination of the IPBIS’s activities in Italy. As Director of the Department of Neurorehabilitation of the Bambino Gesù Children’s Hospital, the largest paediatric polyclinic in Europe, I have the opportunity to organize scientific events and webinars which receive great attention from rehabilitation professionals. They can be under the aegis of IPBIS, to promote its vision and support its actions in favour of children with ABI. Finally, with Sandra Strazzer, member of the IPBIS Board, we can keep IPBIS updated on the Italian initiatives in favour of children with ABI.
I am a practising Clinical Psychologist specialising in paediatric neuropsychology and Senior Lecturer engaged in brain injury research and teaching. Since my PhD and clinical training I have worked in both inpatient and outpatient rehabilitation services for young people with moderate to severe acquired brain injury. My research and clinical interests include cognitive rehabilitation, trajectories of development, multi-disciplinary team approaches to post-acute brain injury rehabilitation, and the practice of paediatric neuropsychology. I am particularly interested in support for learning in the educational context for children and young people with acquired brain injury.
I enjoy many aspects of collaborative research and clinical practice in this field but I particularly enjoy meeting and working alongside children, young people and their families. I am delighted to serve as an IPBIS Ambassador as we work together to improve the lives of young people and their families affected by brain injury.
Ambassadors of the International Paediatric Brain Injury Society play a crucial role in supporting and promoting the work of the organisation through engaging local networks, supporting learning and developing connections between those with an interest in ABI. Ambassadors will be supported where possible in this work by the board of IPBIS.
Responsibilities of Ambassadors:
- To engage with local networks of colleagues in highlighting the work of IPBIS.
- To liaise with national organisations to increase awareness of the work of IPBIS and promote the vision of the society and to recommend any with which IPBIS could establish specific links.
- To encourage membership of IPBIS as a means to develop learning and increase opportunities for cross fertilisation of ideas and best practice.
- To facilitate and/or arrange local meetings, under the aegis of IPBIS and with the prior agreement of the Board of Governors, with the purpose of establishing groups of individuals with an interest in ABI. These meetings may take the form of working groups, seminars, panel discussions or invited talks.
- To keep IPBIS apprised of new developments or innovations in the care and treatment of children and young people within your respective region. These may be policy, clinical or research related and should initially be reported to the Board of Governors .
- To inform local networks of key developments which have been disseminated by IPBIS.
- To recommend potential presenters for IPBIS meetings or Board of governors nominees.
Appointments shall be made by nomination to the board of IPBIS. Candidates may be appointed through peer or self-nomination. IPBIS also reserves the right to approach potential ambassadors to address gaps in international representation as needed. Ambassadors should be full members of IPBIS.
Ambassadors will be appointed for a period of four years. This may be extended for a further four-year term upon request. No ambassador shall hold a post for more than a total of eight consecutive years. A past ambassador, who has left the role for a period of one year, may seek a further nomination if no other appointment has been made in that region.
If an ambassador becomes unable or is unwilling to fulfil their duties their period of involvement with IPBIS may be terminated. Termination will be in writing but will be preceded by contact with the board of IPBIS to determine how we might help.
Nominations will be made via a short application form (See application link below), brief CV, and cover letter explaining why you wish to become an ambassador for IPBIS.
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