The HemiCon family conferences have been running since 2017.
Full of fun and connection with others who ‘get the hemi journey’, the conference is a wonderful opportunity to connect with others. An amazing opportunity to connect with other families experiencing the same decisions you face. Our Hemi Heroes get a chance to connect and learn from each other, support and encourage each other on their unique journey. Read about our previous HemiCons below! Read about our previous HemiCons below!
HEMICON Australia, 2023
Adina Hotel, Darling Harbour, Sydney, NSW
HEMICON Australia, 2019
Melbourne Zoo, Melbourne, VIC Our 2019 conference was another great event for the Australian hemispherectomy community.
Despite enduring the hottest start to March in Melbourne for many years, our conference held over 1-2 March saw hemispherectomy families from throughout Australia come together as a community to enjoy time as a community and hear from a range of inspiring speakers. We are very grateful to the following presenters who came to share their expertise and provide such informative sessions.
Wirginia Maixner, Neurosurgeon and Director of Neurosurgery, Royal Children’s Hospital, Melbourne
Cris, Kristi and Jessie Hall, Executive Directors of the Hemispherectomy Foundation United States
Neil Wimalasundera Consultant in Paediatric Rehabilitation Clinical Director Victorian Paediatric Rehabilitation Service, Royal Children’s Hospital, Melbourne
Chris Innes-Wong, Physiotherapist, Women and Children’s Hospital, South Australia
Leo Gnavi, Paediatric Occupational Therapist Vision Australia
Deb Houston, Neuropsychologist, Victorian Paediatric Rehabilitation Service, Royal Children’s Hospital
Jenny Salgo, Community Educator Association for Children with a Disability
Dr Penny Analytis Monash Institute of Cognitive and Clinical Neurosciences Monash University
Dr Sarah Knight, Senior Research Officer, Developmental Disability and Rehabilitation Research, Murdoch Children’s Research Institute
Kathy Payne, Hemi Mum & Mental Health Social Worker
Anthony Fleming (hemi dad, IT professional and gadget man)
HEMICON Australia, 2017
Royal Pines Resort, Gold Coast, QLD The inaugural Hemispherectomy Foundation Australia Family Conference was held 10-11 March 2017 at the Royal Pines Resort, Gold Coast, Queensland.
The conference was a tremendous success with over 90 hemispherectomy family and friends attending to listen to a range of information sessions provided by medical and allied health professionals. Sessions on the National Disability Insurance Scheme and family resilience were also rated very highly by participants. Most importantly, the conference was an unprecedented opportunity for Australian hemispherectomy families to meet, share information and make bonds and friendships that we hope will continue for a very long time.
Please view this beautiful tribute to our gorgeous hemi children, siblings and families. Thank you to Karley Miller for the production.