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2018 Autism West Symposium

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


Connect, be inspired, learn and share at the fourth Autism West Symposium. Come and listen to experts in the field, including those with lived experience, and hear about early intervention, evidence-based practical advice, the latest research, personal experience and more!

Taking place across one and a half days, the Autism West Symposium 2018 will include keynote presentations and break-out sessions exploring a wide range of topics from practical advice for recent diagnosis through to issues involving interactions with the justice system.


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 3rd August 2018

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


The Speakers
Curtin University
Julian James

Kathleen Davey
Kathleen Davey
Kathleen Davey is a Clinical Psychologist who deciphers the autism spectrum in legal contexts. Kathleen works with individuals, families and legal teams across criminal, family and workplace law contexts. She provides consultation, workshops, medico-legal reports, and expert opinion on a range of matters involving people of all ages on the autism spectrum. Kathleen has spent seventeen years building a strong professional understanding of the Autism Spectrum across the lifespan, currently runs a private Psychology practice, and is Principal Consultant at the Social Skills Training Institute for the Secret Agent Society program. Her forensic interest has extended into membership of the editorial team of Journal of Intellectual Disabilities and Offending Behaviour, involvement in international forensic research and interest groups, international conference presentation and work with renowned autism experts Professor Gary Mesibov and Tony Attwood.

Kathy Ziatas
Liz Pellicano
Mark Gaunt

Nicole Conolly
Nichole Conolly
Hailing from Brisbane, QLD; Nichole Conolly was diagnosed with Aspergers/ Anxiety at the age of 19. She has overcome many challenges in her life and speaks candidly about them with a quirky sense of humour with the dreams of advocating for and empowering others.

Nichole is currently studying her Graduate Certificate in Autism Studies at UOW with the future goal of be coming a Teacher Aide specialising in Autism. Life and work experiences include six years working as a circus performer and teacher with Lorraine Ashton’s Classic Circus, writer for the 2017 Brisbane Season of Company 2’s Kaleidoscope, volunteering at the 2018 Commonwealth Games and is currently a theatre columnist for Australian theatre website Theatre People.

Conference experience includes being a presenter at 2017’s Asia Pacific Autism Conference in Sydney, 2016’s Arts Activated Conference in Sydney and 2015’s 3rd National Aspergers Conference in Brisbane.

This is Nichole’s first visit west and she is excited to visit the home of her AFL team Fremantle and take a photo with a quokka.

Nicole Rogerson
Nicole Rogerson
Nicole Rogerson is one of the nation’s leading spokespersons for the awareness and understanding of Autism Spectrum Disorder. For more than 15yrs, she has been working on public policy, advocacy and early intervention service delivery.
In 2007 Nicole founded Autism Awareness Australia, now Australia’s leading national autism not-for-profit organisation. The organisation combines her passion for developing national education programs that promote understanding of ASD, and supporting and advocating for the needs of individuals on the spectrum and their families.

A passionate disability advocate and social policy campaigner, she is a frequent public speaker on these issues and often appears in the media advocating for families with children on the spectrum. She is a determined advocate for evidence-based interventions and funding support for individuals with disabilities.

Rachel Biggs
Rachael has a lived experience of Autism Lvl 2 with co-morbidities with mental health. She was diagnosed by a private Psychiatrist and Psychologist at the age of 30. She is now 32, and has three children aged 10, 6 and 4, one of which is diagnosed on the spectrum. Rachael’s career at time of diagnosis was a Trainer and Assessor for Disability/Aged Care Support Workers, an irony which should give example to the level of masking in women and its costs on mental health to function with a society. Because of diagnosis, Rachel was able to access the now defunct WANDIS (Western Australian Trial of the National Disability Scheme) and the eventual introduction of the NDIS, supports of which were not traditionally supported by the Disability Support Systems of Australia for adults on the autism spectrum. Rachael is an active participant within the adult autism and Asperger’s community within Western Australia and gives back to her community through peer support. She is a member of the only group within Western Australian that represents and works on a model of peer support, PA5 – The Perth Autism and Asperger’s Association. Rachael is an advocate for access to diagnosis for the missing girls and women with Autism Spectrum Disorder with effective, timely, choice and control delivered through the NDIS.

Regina Ledo
Tom Tutton

Watch this space for more information about speakers and topics soon!

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.

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 3rd August 2018

TryBooking proudly supports charities by donating back all booking fees.

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