UNC Pediatric Rehabilitation Goes Global

Our innovative, pediatric telehealth program within the Department of Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation—TelAbility—is helping to develop a similar system which could be used to enhance the lives of children with disabilities throughout Australia.

Joshua Alexander, MD, director of UNC Pediatric Rehabilitation, presented our department’s model by invitation of The Spastic Centre, an Australian organization that provides services for children and adults with disabilities. Easter Seals/UCP of NC provided funding for the trip.

Dr. Alexander also participated in a meeting on proposed new international guidelines for botulinum toxin use in cerebral palsy, part of the 3rd International Cerebral Palsy Conference in Sydney, Australia. As one of over 1300 delegates from around the world, he joined experts from 44 different countries.

Dr. Alexander also traveled to Australia’s capitol city of Canberra, where he spent two days meeting with members of the Australian Institute of Sports’ interdisciplinary basketball sports science program. He gained new insights that he hopes to incorporate into the UNC Youth Basketball Medicine program, which he is developing.


Dr. Alexander/Australia Trip

Josh Alexander, MD (right), joined colleagues from around the world in Sydney, Australia. He is pictured here with Robert Palisano (left), Sc.D., a professor from Drexel University. The Sydney Opera House is in the background.