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The Fourth International Conference on Shaken Baby Syndrome/Abusive Head Trauma

Held in Sydney, Australia, the Fourth International Conference on Shaken Baby Syndrome/Abusive Head Trauma was devoted to helping Australia establish their own programs to help the professionals, families and victims involved in the diagnosis, treatment and prevention of shaken baby syndrome. This was the first international conference conducted by the National Center.
The conference brought two continents together for the first time in the prevention of shaken baby syndrome.

Conference Highlights This venture involved the Children's Hospital at Westmead, Sydney Children's Hospital and the National Center on Shaken Baby Syndrome in the USA. Marilyn Sandberg from the National Center worked with co-directors Dr. Michael Ryan, FRACP, from Westmead, and Dr. Kieran Moran, FRACP, from Sydney to develop and organize this conference.

The Australian conference was successful in orchestrating new prevention programs throughout Australia. Since 2001, Australia has begun holding its own SBS/AHT conferences and they have professionals with the most up-to-date techniques for diagnosis, treatment and prevention.


A committee of 15 professionals reviewed and selected presenters across the entire world to present at this prestigious event. 30 workshops provided the most recent research, diagnosis, treatment and prevention techniques in order to facilitate more awareness in Australia. The Australian conference was attended by a total of 410 people from at least 12 different countries.

Some of these impressive workshops included:

Shaken Baby Syndrome in Australia: Whose Problem Is This? Ms. Gillian Calvert

Gillian Calvert is New South Wales' fist Commissioner for Children and Young People. The Commission works with children and young people and their families, organizations, and community to help make NSW a better place for children and young people.

DTP Vaccination Controversy in Shaken Baby Syndrome Robert Reece, MD

The unproven theory of a casual relationship between DTP vaccine and SBS has been used unsuccessfully by defense experts in cases of shaken baby syndrome. This "vaccine-blaming" behavior is not new. DTP vaccine was blamed for SIDS in the 1970's by several individuals, including physicians. Dr. Reece examines the medical literature, facts and fiction surrounding DTP and the controversy surrounding shaken baby syndrome.

Dealing with Alternative Medical Practitioners in Shaken Baby Court Cases Michael Ryan, MBBS, FRACP, FAFPHM

Dr. Ryan addressed a specific shaken baby syndrome case in which leading expert witnesses testified that there were many other forms of abuse, accidental occurrences and/or vitamin deficiency that could have caused the child's injuries. Dr. Ryan showed that with proper training and research information, this case could have been diagnosed easily and prosecution would have been much more likely.
A media specialist was involved with the conference in order to facilitate press conferences and interviews. This technique was extremely successful, and media attention for the conference was positive.