Plenary address - 3.45 pm
"Changes need to be made from the moment players step onto the field for the first time as a child all the way through to the end."
Before becoming a neuroscientist, Dr Chris Nowinski was a Harvard football player turned WWE professional wrestler. His life was changed in 2003 when he received a concussion that resulted in a slow and painful recovery and ended his professional wrestling career. Chris will share the journey that took him from that point to starting the non-profit Concussion Legacy Foundation, and his vision for reducing the risk of brain trauma for players of contact sports around the world.
Panel discussion - 4.15 pm
We’ll be inviting key Australian sporting stars and experts to discuss the ongoing impact of head trauma in sport and look at where to from here.
Our panel includes former AFL player and sports presenter on ABC's News Breakfast, Tony Armstrong, dementia expert from The University of Edinburgh, Prof Craig Ritchie, Director of Combat Australia, Angela Deacon, and more to be announced.
Marie Alford has worked in dementia behaviour support since early Commonwealth initiatives and leads the Australian Government Funded Dementia Support Australia programs. She is Head of Dementia Professional Services for The Dementia Centre.
Dr Chris Nowinski
Dr. Chris Nowinski is a neuroscientist, former professional wrestler and co-founder of the Concussion Legacy Foundation. He is leading a global conversation on concussions, CTE and the future of sports.
Tony Armstrong grew up in rural NSW and is a proud Gamilaroi man. He played AFL for Adelaide, Collingwood and Sydney, and has established an award-winning career in Australian sports media.
Professor Craig Ritchie
Prof Craig Ritchie is the Chair of the Psychiatry of Ageing and Director of the Centre for Dementia Prevention at the University of Edinburgh.
Angela Deacon has a grounding in elite combat sports, having an extensive athletic career over two decades. She is the Director of Combat Australia.