1:45pm - 4pm - Site Visit: The Manildra Flour Mill - the largest flour mill in the Southern Hemisphere
From 6pm - Social evening @ the Orange Oriana - Windowrie Organic Winetasting with canapes in "The Peacock Room", followed by 2-course fine dining with local wines
8am - 9am - Full buffet breakfast in "The Travellers' Lounge" adjacent to The Peacock Room
9am - 10am - Keynote speaker #1 Dr Sumitha Gounden: Rehabilitation Physician and Rehabilitation Medical Director, The Orange Health Service Rehabilitation Unit
Title: Traumatic Brain Injury & Return to Work
10am - 10.45am: Keynote speaker #2: Dr Joan O'Donell Occupational Therapist with PhD in the functional outcomes of cerebrovascular neurosurgery
Title: "Determining fitness to drive in occupational health & medicine: screening and maintaining driver health"
10:45am - 11:15am - Morning tea
11:15am - 12pm - Speaker #3: Dr Sornalingam Kamalaharan, GP, Occupational Physician
Title: "The "Bunnings" of occupational health - a one-stop shop benefits workers, employers and unions"
12pm - 1pm - Lunch and close of meeting
Dr Sumitha Gounden, Rehabilitation Physician
Dr Sumitha Gounden is a Rehabilitation Physician and is currently Rehabilitation Medical Director at Orange Health Service. She is passionate about education, providing training for rehabilitation trainees as well as for local GPs. She is actively involved in the Rehabilitation Medical Society Australia New Zealand (RMSANZ) through the “Pain and Musculoskeletal Special Interest Group” as well as the “Disaster Rehabilitation Special Interest Group’’. She also provides international tele rehabilitation after hours to a subacute spinal rehabilitation centre in rural India. Sumintha’s involvement in the Orange community includes collaborating with Red Cross in initiating the successful winter blood donation program “Red Love in Orange”. In her spare time, she leads a small cultural group called the “Orange Australasian Cultural Group” to educate local children on ancient Indian subcontinent’s heritage and culture and she choreographs Indian tradition and folk dances to the locals.
Dr Joan O’Donnell, Occupational Therapist, Senior Lecturer, PhD
Dr Joan O'Donnell is a lecturer in the Discipline of Occupational Therapy in the Faculty of Health Sciences, and teaches in the undergraduate and Masters courses. She is a registered Occupational Therapist and Occupational Therapy Driver Assessor with a clinical practice in driver health screening. Joan’s research background includes completion of a M.Sc(Med.) from The University Of Sydney, investigating the functional outcomes after surgery for intracerebral haemorrhage and PhD at Macquarie University examining the functional outcomes of cerebrovascular neurosurgery. The doctoral research investigated the quality of life and ability to drive after surgical and conservative management of unruptured intracranial aneurysms and brain arteriovenous malformations. Joan's research and teaching activities have included driving after medical procedures or with a medical condition, and participation in work. Joan has worked in acute care, rehabilitation and consultancy in the public and private sectors, as both a clinician and manager. Joan has clinical experience in neurosurgery, neurology, oncology, orthopaedics, aged care and occupational rehabilitation.
Dr Kamalaharan, General practitioner, Occupational physician (FAFOM)
Dr Kamalaharan ( known as Dr Haran) is both a General Practitioner and Occupational Physician practising in Wallerwang, 100km east of Orange. He has practiced extensively in the mining industry and has developed a unique problem solving consensus inclusive participatory model (PSCIP) which has delivered outcomes to all stakeholders (patient, employer, union ) in the complex arena of fitness to work, particularly the mining industry for the past 30 years. His practice provides a one stop shop – where diagnosis / treatment/ return to work is done under one roof. Where outcome is decided first then the process, where all stakeholders play a role and biopsychosocial approach is the norm not the exception. Where teamwork, patient centred, multiskilling is not a cliché but a reality. Ms Therese Daubaras – is the clinical co-ordinator for the practice whose background includes case management, occupational therapy, safety science, auditor of general practices , hand therapist and true believer in integrated patient centred, outcome focused care that can be done under one roof.