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Keynote & Plenary Speakers

Melanie Tran

Melanie Tran is currently a student at Torrens University Australia, studying Bachelor of Digital Media with a major in Interaction Design. Melanie has a particular interest in UX (User Experience) Design. Melanie brings her skills and expertise as a UX Designer into the disability, health and technology sectors. With over seven years experience working in the disability and technology sectors, Melanie had the opportunity to further develop her skills and knowledge as a UX Designer. Melanie is currently working as a UX Designer at AbilityMade and Hireup. She is also a Board Member at LeepNGO – an organization that focuses on addressing the digital divide in the disability and aged care sectors.

In 2017, Melanie was selected as one of the Laureate Global Fellows – an international fellowship for young social entrepreneurs. Melanie is also the first person in the world with a neuromuscular condition to complete The Duke of Edinburgh’s International Award – she is the recipient of the Bronze, Silver and Gold Award. Following from the success of The Duke of Edinburgh’s International Award, Melanie became a public speaker and spoke at many events including TEDxYouth@Sydney.

Dr Harry Eeman

Specialist Workshop Speakers

Kelly Waugh

Kelly Waugh, PT, MAPT, ATP, is a Senior Research Instructor and the Clinic Coordinator at Assistive Technology Partners, a program in the Department of Bioengineering, University of Colorado Denver, USA. Ms. Waugh has 32 years of clinical experience as a physical therapist and educator, specialising in Wheelchair Seating & Mobility and Nighttime Positioning. Ms. Waugh has served on the ISO Wheelchair Seating Standards Committee for 17 years, with a focus on the development of standardised measures of wheelchair seated posture and seating support parameters.  She is the primary author of A Clinical Application Guide to Standardized Wheelchair Seating Measures of the Body and Seating Support Surfaces. Ms. Waugh received both her B.A. degree in Human Biology and her M.A. degree in Physical Therapy from Stanford University in Stanford, California, USA.

Assoc. Prof. Lisa Kenyon

Dr. Kenyon is an Associate Professor in the Department of Physical Therapy at Grand Valley State University in Grand Rapids, Michigan.  Dr. Kenyon heads the Grand Valley Power Mobility Project, an inter-professional research and service project that provides power mobility training for infants, toddlers, children and young adults who are not typically considered to be candidates for power mobility use.  Dr. Kenyon presents nationally and internationally on topics related to pediatric physical therapist practice and has published multiple peer-reviewed journal articles and book chapters pertaining to power mobility and pediatric topics.  Dr. Kenyon currently serves on the Committee of Content Experts for the Pediatric Specialty Council of the American Board of Physical Therapy Specialties.

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