The inaugural Participation: Motives, Methods and Measures (P3M) symposium, hosted by the Centre for Disability and Development Research (CeDDR) and the Australian Catholic University (ACU), was held from March 14-16, 2017.
Over 80 researchers and practitioners from over 10 different countries attended the 3 day symposium.
Professors Christine Imms and Peter Wilson, Directors of CeDDR are delighted with the resounding achievements of the symposium.
The Symposium addressed the complex issues surrounding the conceptualisation and measurement of participation, as well as how to develop and assess the effectiveness of interventions to promote participation across a range of life situations (including at home, in school and in the community) through physical activity, recreation and creative arts.
It was a wonderful opportunity for practitioners, parents and researchers to get together to discuss the topic of participation.
Keynote speakers from Australia, Professor Christine Imms (ACU), Professor Jenny Ziviani (University of Queensland) and Ms Vicki Cavalieros (Cerebral Palsy Support Network), Sweden, Professor Mats Granlund, Canada, Professor Peter Rosenbaum, along with expert panel presentations, raised a range of critical issues for discussion and future research, which included:
What constitutes involvement and engagement when defining participation and whether these hold different meanings;
The challenges of measuring the involvement aspect of participation;
How to best enhance participation outcomes.
Professor Mats Granlund (Sweden) and Professor Christine Imms (Australia) during a keynote presentation on measurement of engagement
Professor Peter Rosenbaum (Canada) leading a discussion on the conceptualisation of participation
A keynote presentation by Professor Jenny Ziviani (Australia) on participation interventions
The organising committee would like to thank the keynote presenters, the session chairs and all the attendees who ensured the success of the symposium.