Our Australian team of experienced researchers and clinicians are dedicated to a global collaborative effort to improve the lives of people living with cerebral palsy.

We work with an international network of scientists, researchers, clinicians and families committed to this mission. Our strategic objectives are to advance research into prevention, treatment and cure of cerebral palsy and ensure seamless translation of global research findings.

Early Diagnosis & Intervention

Early diagnosis is critical. It leads to timely evidence-based treatments during the first 2 years of life when the ability of a damaged brain to repair itself and adapt to injury is highest.

Early intervention enables the prevention of complications and secondary impairments.

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CPA oversees the largest, most extensive whole country register of data of people living with CP in the world (the Australian Cerebral Palsy Register), and we're actively helping other countries do the same.

The Register has enabled prevention of CP, genome studies and measurement of co-morbidities. We're using large data sets to assess what interventions are working in reducing the rate and severity of CP, to analyse trends, and identify new causal pathways.

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New technology has revolutionised communication options for those without a voice.

Mobility devices, eye gaze, robotics and exoskeletons all have positive outcomes on an emotional, physical and intellectual level.

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Regenerative Medicine

Stem cells show promise as a treatment to help repair the brain after injury.

Stem cell research is the third highest research priority of people with cerebral palsy and their families. This interest has been integral in shaping our research priorities.

 In the future, new cell therapies could revolutionise the way we treat those with, or at risk of, brain injury. 

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We’ve made a lot of progress but now, as we look to the future, there is still so much to do.

Your support today can help our researchers to prevent, treat and cure cerebral palsy. 


Today in Australia, 1 in 700 babies are born with cerebral palsy. 

Our researchers are working to lower this to 1 in 1,000 by 2030. 


We know the earlier a child has access to treatment, the better the long term impact. 

By 2030, our researchers hope to increase access to cutting-edge treatments and technologies for everyone with CP, within the first 2,000 days of diagnosis. 


Today there is no known cure for cerebral palsy. 

Our researchers are working on personalised medicine approaches, with the goal that by 2030, they will be in place and all Australians will have access to stem cell therapies.