Keynote Speaker
Our Speakers
Tipene ("Tip") Mosese
lived experience

Prof Ingrid Scheffer AO
Rhonda White AO
We are proud to announce Rhonda White AO, co-founder of Terry White Chemists Group, as our keynote speaker. Among her many career achievements, Rhonda is also a mother to a child with epilepsy and will be exploring this journey with us at this year's Thinking Outside the Box | Epilepsy Symposium.
A/Prof. Karin Borges
head of epilepsy and brain metabolism laboratory
A/Prof Cecilie Lander AM
A/Prof Lata Vadlamudi
research fellow

Dr Dan McLaughlin
clinical investigator
Dr Stephen Malone
paediatric neurologist
Anne Ovington
nurse consultant
mater epilepsy unit
Donna Hutchison
executive lead
australian epilepsy project

Anton de Weger
digital lead
australian epilepsy project
Lisa Todd
national services manager
epilepsy action australia
Chris Dougherty
chief executive
epilepsy queensland
Sam Bryce
epilepsy qld board chair
lived experience

Rebecca Eckersley
health researcher
lived experience (parent)
Shannon Foley
Chief people officer
endeavour foundation
Rebecca Girard
Industrial coordinator
The services union
Carol Barrett
of epilepsy

Max Luca
lived experience
of epilepsy
Renate Luca
lived experience
Don't miss out.
Register by November 5, 2023 . We look forward to seeing you there.
Our theme for this years' Symposium explores the ways in which we can create an Epilepsy Smart Queensland. 
Coffee and Conversation
Start the day off connecting with the epilepsy community - exploring new and old friends.
Keynote Address
'Thank you, Mr Robinson' - RHONDA WHITE AO
Rhonda White AO, mum, pharmacist, Adjunct Professor, Honorary Doctor of Pharmacy, Honorary Professor, entrepreneur and co-founder of Terry White Chemists. In her keynote address, she will share her family's journey of epilepsy.
Smart Policy and Reform
The World Health Organisation published its Intersectoral Global Action Plan (IGAP) on Epilepsy and other neurological conditions in June 2022.  This session, through an expert panel discussion, will explore both state and national policy reform that would be required to achieve the objectives of the IGAP by 2032.

Panel speakers will include Dr Stephen Malone (Paediatric Neurologist and President of the Epilepsy Society), Sam Bryce (Epilepsy Queensland Chair of the Board), Miguel Diaz (CEO of Parkinsons Queensland and Chair of Health Consumers Queensland) and Chris Dougherty (Epilepsy Queensland Chief Executive).

Presentations include:
'Journey to IGAP and beyond' - CHRIS DOUGHERTY
'Smart Policy and Reform' panel discussion - DR STEPHEN MALONE, MIGUEL DIAZ, SAM BRYCE
Smart Transitions
In this session we will explore the topic of epilepsy at the key transition times of parenthood, ageing, paediatric to adult clinical care, and employment.

Speakers include Laureate Professor Ingrid Scheffer AO (Paediatric Neurologist), Associate Professor Cecilie Lander AM (Neurologist, Associate Professor and Anglican Priest), Dr Lata Vadlamudi (Associate Professor and Senior Specialist in Neurology), Shannon Foley (Chief People Officer, Endeavour Foundation), Rebecca Girard (Industrial Coordinator, The Services Union), Rebecca Eckersley (Researcher, carer and parent of family members with epilepsy), and we will also hear a personal story of epilepsy from Carol Barrett.

Presentations include:
'Transitioning to parenting' - ASSOCIATE PROFESSOR CECILIE LANDER
'The complex interplay between epilepsy and menopause' - ASSOCIATE PROFESSOR LATA VADLAMUDI
Transitioning from paed to adult clinical care - LAUREATE PROFESSOR INGRID SCHEFFER AO
'Transitioning into adult epilepsy healthcare: Research findings with insights and tips from lived experience' - REBECCA ECKERSLEY
It's Smart to Talk About It
Modelled on the ABC format of "You Can't Ask That", we will be asking people with lived experience of epilepsy and clinicians all the tricky questions you never feel comfortable asking on topics such as SUDEP, incontinence, intimacy and parenting.

Panel members include Dr Dan McLaughlin (Neurologist), Anne Ovington (Clinical Nurse Consultant), Max Luca and Renate Luca who will provide personal insights of their epilepsy story.

Presentations include:
'It's Smart to Talk About It' panel discussion - DR DAN MCLAUGHLIN, ANNE OVINGTON, MAX LUCA, RENATE LUCA
'It's Smart to Talk About It' video
Smart Tech and Treatments
We hear from clinicians and researchers to share what's new and emerging in research, tech and advanced treatments to bring hope to people living with epilepsy.

Speakers include Karin Borges (Associate Professor), Donna Hutchison (Executive Leader, AEP), Anton de Weger (Digital Lead, AEP) and Lisa Todd (Epilepsy Action Australia).

Presentations include:
'The AEP: Designing a brain health platform to change lives' - DONNA HUTCHISON, ANTON DE WEGER
'Medium chain triglycerides (MCT) with and without ketogenic diets' - ASSOCIATE PROFESSOR KARIN BORGES
'Navigating medicinal cannabis: The consumer journey' - LISA TODD
Conference Location
 Victoria Park - 309 Herston Road, Herston, QLD 4006

Situated just two kilometres from Brisbane City, Victoria Park is Brisbane’s one-of-a kind entertainment precinct offering enjoyment and unforgettable experiences for everyone that visits. With city views and beautiful natural surrounds, Victoria Park is the perfect destination for everyone.
We are proud to announce the Pharmacy Guild of Australia, Queensland as a sponsor.

We are forever grateful for our sponsors who help make these events a success. In particular, we acknowledge their support in keeping the event affordable for those with lived experience of epilepsy.

If you are interested in sponsoring Queensland's only Epilepsy Symposium, reach out to our Head of Commercial & Supporter Experience - Matt Shortus - on [email protected]
News & Updates
As we count down the main event, catch-up on the all the latets news and updates here!
Keynote Speaker Announced!
Posted october 2023
We are thrilled to announce Rhonda White AO, co-founder of Terry White Chemist Group, will be joining us as our keynote speaker for this year's Thinking Outside the Box | Epilepsy Symposium!

In 2011, Rhonda was inducted into the Queensland Business Leaders Hall of Fame and in 2013 was appointed an Officer of the Order of Australia for distinguished service to the Pharmacy profession.

Alongside her decorated career, Rhonda is a mother to a child with epilepsy and will be sharing her family's journey during her keynote address.
Livestream Tickets Available!
Posted october 2023
Livestream tickets are on sale now!

If you’re unable to make it to the event at Victoria Park, Brisbane on Wed, 8 Nov, this is your chance to hear the latest epilepsy-related knowledge and developments from wherever you are across the country.

To secure your livestream ticket today, click here.
Call for Speakers!
Posted July 2023
Epilepsy Queensland is proud to present the 2023 Thinking Outside the Box Epilepsy Symposium event on Wednesday November 8 at Victoria Park, Brisbane.  

This is Epilepsy Queensland’s 13th year of running this much-anticipated and well-regarded annual symposium. It is a vital event sharing the latest epilepsy-related knowledge and information, stimulating dialogue and Thinking Outside the Box when it comes to research and managing the impacts of epilepsy.

Epilepsy Queensland is excited to invite participation from speakers who would like to be part of this years’ Symposium and can find more details here

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