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These pre conference workshops will run on Tuesday 17 October 2017. All prices are in AUD$ and include 10% GST.

The cut off date to register for online registrations is 12.00pm 15 October 2017 - with registration being available on site from Wednesday 18 October 2017

Registration for Pre-Congress Workshops ONLY is NOW OPEN. To register for Pre-Congress Workshops ONLY click the blue button below.

Workshop 1 - An Introduction to Analysing Longitudinal Data using Mixed Models

Full day workshop
Venue: RMIT Campus, Swanston Street, Melbourne
Time: 8.30am - 5.30pm (morning/afternoon teas and lunch provided)
Cost: $270
Presenter: Andrew Mackinnon

This workshop introduces a unified approach to the analysis of longitudinal data, whether collected in observational studies such as surveys or in studies of interventions. The workshop will focus on growth curve analysis, but multilevel modelling, mixed model repeat measures ANOVA and a variety of structural equation models are other forms of this general class of model. The SPSS package will be used due to its popularity and its inclusion of the MIXED procedure that supports these analyses.

This is an introductory workshop. To the maximum extent possible, complex mathematics will be avoided, with a focus on concepts and practical examples. The workshop will cover the following topics:

the nature of mixed models - basic concepts; comparison, possibilities and advantages of mixed models compared to standard methods; preliminaries - examining, organising and restructuring data; fitting a basic growth curve model in SPSS using the MIXED procedure; example - modelling change over time in survey data; adding baseline covariates/predictors; time varying covariates/predictors; going beyond basic models - associating changes in two or more variables over time and extensions to mixed modelling and software review.

Participant Requirements

The workshop is "hands on" - you should bring a laptop with a recent version of SPSS installed. You should be familiar with the routine operation of SPSS, statistical procedures such as regression and repeated measures ANOVA and routine data manipulation operations such as transforming and creating new variables in a dataset. SPSS dialogues will be demonstrated, but relevant SPSS syntax will also be introduced.

Workshop 2 - Using the Delphi Expert Consensus Method in Mental Health Research

Half day workshop
Venue: RMIT Campus, Swanston Streeet, Melbourne
Time: 8.30am - 12.30pm (morning tea provided)
Cost: $110
Presenters: Professor Tony Jorm and Associate Professor Nicola Reavley

Expert consensus is a fundamental underpinning of science. It is used to determine what are appropriate methodologies, to decide which grant applications will get funded, which manuscripts will get published and who will be admitted to learned societies of experts. Citation metrics can also be thought of as reflecting the consensus of a discipline about the importance of a publication. Science can be thought of as what the community of acknowledged experts in a field consider to be the current truth. This consensus changes over time as knowledge increases.

There are a number of methods of determining expert consensus, one of which is the Delphi method. In mental health research, the Delphi method has been used to:

(a) make estimations where there is a incomplete evidence eg what is the global prevalence of dementia?; (b) make predictions eg what parenting practices will reduce an adolescent's risk of depression; (c) determine collective values eg what areas of research should be given the greatest priority; and (d) define foundational concepts eg how should we define "relapse".

The workshop will cover the rationale for expert consensus methods, how to carry out a Delphi Study (with detailed practical guidance on each step of the process) and how to implement the findings in practice. Workshop participants will also participate in a short Delphi Study on a mental health topic.

Workshop 3 - Brain Plasticity: How a Mindful, Active and Creative Life can Help us Grow into Old Age

Half day workshop
Venue: RMIT Campus, Swanston Street, Melbourne
Time: 8.30am - 1.00pm (morning tea provided)
Cost: $110
Presenter: A/Professor Nicolas Cherbuin

Brain plasticity: how a mindful, active and creative life can help us grow into old age

Compelling scientific evidence indicates that we can optimise our own ageing trajectory by changing our behaviour and making healthier life choices. While early implementation, preferably from early adulthood or before, seems to be the key to gain maximum benefits, evidence has been accumulating that positive behavioural changes occurring even later in life can substantially contribute to healthy ageing. One challenge, however, is to identify where to direct our efforts for best results
and how to adapt our behaviour to achieve a satisfying and sustainable lifestyle. This workshop will explore four areas where positive life choices can provide significant benefits in overall well-being and brain health across the lifespan: physical activity, diet, creative and cognitive engagement, and mindfulness. The scientific evidence underpinning each of the covered topics will first be presented by active researchers in these fields and will be followed by an interactive discussion with the audience exploring how achievable and positive behaviour choices can be implemented in our daily lives.

This workshop aims to stimulate an exchange between the audience and expert contributors. Plenty of time will be allocated to Q&A and attendees will be encouraged to interact with the presenters throughout the scientific and practical sessions.

We thank and acknowledge the Centre of Excellence in Cognitive Health (ANU) for its sponsorship of this event.



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