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November 2 @ 8:00 am - November 3 @ 2:00 pm

Autism West Symposium 2018


The annual Autism West Symposium is a signature event for anyone with an interest in autism, its opportunities and challenges.

A unique event in Western Australia, the Symposium features inspiring local, national and international thought-leaders in the field, including those with lived experience. Presentations are on a wide range of topics, including new ways of looking at autism, preparation for high school, early intervention and designing for the autism community.

Taking place across one and a half days, the Autism West Symposium 2018 brings together individuals on the spectrum, family members, carers, allied health professionals, service providers, educators, employers, researchers and policy makers, and provides an excellent opportunity to connect and network.

When: Friday 2 to Saturday 3 November 2018

Where: Pan Pacific Perth, 207 Adelaide Terrace, Perth, Western Australia, 6000

Tickets: https://www.trybooking.com/UQGA

Concession pricing is available

*Early bird discounts available until 7th September 2018

Discounted Accommodation: To book and claim your discounted accommodation please click here.

Event Sponsors
Autism CRC  Ian Potter Foundation  LotteryWest  Wesfarmers
Exhibit Sponsors

Media Partner
Business News

The Program
Please note that timings and topics are subject to change.
A PDF version is available here.

Day 1: Friday 2nd November 2018

8.15amRegistrations open
9.00amWelcomeLouise Sheehy, CEO Autism West
9.05amWelcome to countryRichard Walley
9.10amOpeningHon. Stephen Dawson MLC
Minister for Environment; Disability Services
9.20amPlenaryMichael John CarleyOld ways Versus New ways of Looking at Autism
10.45amMorning Tea
11.15amKeynote speechNicole Rogerson
12.00amBreakout sessionsRegina LedoEvidence-based strategies for addressing sleep and toileting skills in young children
Joshua Knuiman, Kemi Wright and Alyssa PetrofesThe Important Role of Exercise in School and at Home
Kathleen DaveySecret Agent Society: Growing personal and social capabilities in students
2.00pmBreakout sessionsTom TuttonOn the Same Page – Positive Behaviour Support Workshop
Rachael BiggsLived Experience ­- topic TBA
Melissa Black, Sonya Girdler and Ben MilbournCurtin Research Snapshot  – topic TBA
3.00pmBreakout sessionsAna Palacios and Sandhya SubarmaniamYouth Empowerment Project
Julian JamesTherapeutic Crisis Intervention – topic TBA
Theresa KiddPractical Strategies to Understand and Manage Anxiety for Individuals on the Spectrum
4.00pmPlenaryLiz PellicanoGrowing Up Autistic: Findings from a 12-year Longitudinal Study
5.00pmCloseSilvana Gaglia, Chairperson, Autism West

Day 2: Saturday 3rd November 2018

8.00amRegistrations/venue open
8.30amKeynote speechTom Tutton with Stephanie Valentine and Michelle DivalCreating Autism Friendly Environments
9.30amPlenaryMichael John CarleyDisclosure and Inclusion
10.15amBreakout sessionsKathleen DaveyIn Trouble with the Law? How Understanding Autism Can Help You
Candy Payne and Kate CameronEvidence Informed Good Practice for Children with Autism in Early Intervention
Anthony Bean, Michael New and Cameron SmithThe World of Employment: Employee Perspectives
11.15amMorning Tea
11.45amBreakout sessionsNichole ConollyLived Experience: Life is Not Always a Cruise
Liz PellicanoKnow your Normal: A toolkit to help support the mental health of young autistic adults
Louise SheehyPreparation for High School: How Best I Learn
12.30amClosing remarksNicole Rogerson

Watch this space for more information about topics soon!

The Speakers & Topics

Click the above button to learn more about the speakers presenting at the Autism West Symposium 2018!

The Venue

Pan Pacific Perth

The 2018 Autism West Symposium will be held at the beautiful Pan Pacific in Perth, Western Australia.  We have secured limited discounted accommodation for those wanting to make the most of the event. To book and claim your discounted accommodation please click here.

How to get there
By public transport
Armadale, Fremantle, Joondalup, Mandurah, Midland and Thornlie lines depart and arrive at the Perth Train Station.
Catch the red cat, a free bus service that leaves every 5 minutes. Get on the RED 24 at Wellington St bus station and get off at Goderich St, Mercedes College Residence, and walk 5 minutes to the Pan Pacific Hotel.
Alternatively, Pan Pacific Hotel is a 20 minute walk from Perth Train Station.
By car
From Perth International AirportFrom the South
Take Great Eastern Highway south.
Keep left and turn west over the causeway.
Take the second exit on the roundabout to Adelaide Terrace.
Pan Pacific Perth is three blocks on the left.
Take Kwinana Freeway north.
Take Mounts Bay Road exit going east.
Continue through the esplanade and turn north on Barrack Street.
Turn right on St. Georges Terrace.
Pan Pacific Perth is two blocks on the right.
From the NorthFrom the West
Take the Mitchell Freeway south.
Exit at Riverside Drive.
Turn north at Victoria Avenue.
Turn right on Adelaide Terrace.
Pan Pacific Perth is one block on the right.
Take the Stirling Highway east and continue through the esplanade.
Turn left going north on Barrack Street.
Turn right going east on St. Georges Terrace.
Pan Pacific Perth is two blocks on your right.


Want to know more?
Visit Us: 2 Alma Street, Fremantle WA

Call Us 08 9431 2111

Email events@autismwest.org.au to register your interest.


*Early bird discounts available until 7th September 2018

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