Spotlight on Autism Research Webinars

Spotlight on Autism Research is a webinar series being held throughout the year which will provide up-to-date information on autism research across our three research programs including webinars on autistic voices in research.

There will be time allocated to answer questions during the webinar and our panellists will endeavour to answer as many questions as possible. 

All webinars will be recorded and available for download on this site once the webinar has concluded.

Adulthood. Thursday, 24 November, 12-1pm AEST

Autism CRC is working to improve opportunities for individuals on the spectrum to successfully participate in higher education, employment and to identify best practice in physical and mental health management. There has never been such a multi-faceted, collaborative research effort focused on improving the physical and mental wellbeing of adults on the autism spectrum. Chaired by Professor Sylvia Rodger, this webinar will provide an overview of the latest research developing practical tools and interventions to support adults on the autism spectrum to find a valued place in society.

Panel:

Dr Anna Urbanowicz, Queensland Centre for Intellectual and Developmental Disability: Enhancing Health and Wellbeing
Jane Hwang, University of New South Wales: Ageing on the autism spectrum
Dr Jasmine McDonald, Curtin University: Peer Mentoring at University

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The School Years. Thursday 8 September, 3.30-4.30 pm AEST

Autism CRC is building capacity and developing appropriate educational environments and programs for social, behavioural and academic success. Working with students, parents, school systems, teachers and health professionals – we are developing programs and resources to support children to succeed at school and beyond. Chaired by Dr Keely Harper-Hill, this webinar will provide an overview of the latest research in evidence-based, whole classroom interventions to support children on the spectrum in the classroom.
 

Panel:

Professor Ian Shochet, Queensland University of Technology: School Connectedness
Dr Christina Chalmers, Queensland University of Technology: Social Robotics Clubs in Mainstream Schools
Libby MacDonald, Griffith University: Staying on tasks and moving between tasks.

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Making Peer Research Work. Friday 5 August, 12-1pm AEST

This webinar provides a practical overview of the process of co-production of autism research to support researchers and the autistic community to participate meaningfully in peer research.You will have the opportunity to ask questions during the webinar.

Involving individuals on the spectrum and their families in research:

•    ensures that issues important to the autistic community are identified and prioritised
•    supports the dissemination of research findings
•    helps to translate research findings into real world practice where they are utilised
•    ensures that resources focus on research that has benefit for and impact within the autistic community.

Presenters:

Professor Sylvia Rodger, Director of Research and Education Autism CRC
Dr Olivia Gatfield, Research Academy Project Coordinator
Tori Haar, Research Academy Member
 

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The Early Years. Friday 22 July, 12 - 1 pm AEST


Presented by Professor Andrew Whitehouse from the Telethon Kids Institute, University of Western Australia, this webinar will provide an overview of an innovative project about to get underway which is trialling a therapy for infants identified as showing early risk for autism.

The earlier diagnosis of autism in childhood is a key goal of the Autism CRC Diagnosis Research Program.  Autism CRC has invested in a highly successful project to train community-based primary healthcare providers in a behavioural surveillance protocol called SACS-R, developed by La Trobe University.  To date, over 500 primary healthcare professionals have been trained to identify infants showing early behavioural risk for autism from 12-months of age.

While this behavioural surveillance work is already underway, there is very little evidence-based therapy available for families and professionals to support children identified at such an early age. The CRC has now invested in a stream of research to develop and evaluate therapies that can be implemented very early in life for infants identified as showing early signs of autism.  
 

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The Early Years. Monday 4 April, 1-2pm AEST

Autism CRC has set an ambitious target – to accurately diagnose 50% of individuals under 2 years of age and 70% under 3. Incorporating cutting edge genetic and biological research to further reduce diagnosis age, we can enhance accuracy and match the most effective interventions. Chaired by Professor Sylvia Rodger, this webinar will bring together three leading specialists to present Autism CRC’s latest research in early diagnosis, developmental surveillance and current practice.
 

Panel:

A/Prof Honey Heussler, Developmental and behavioural Paediatrician at Mater Children’s Hospital will provide an overview on how autism is diagnosed. 

Dr Lauren Taylor, Psychologist and Research Associate with University of Western Australia will share the latest research on diagnostic practices around Australia.

Dr Josephine Barbaro, Psychologist at The Olga Tennison Autism Research, La Trobe University will present the latest research and best practice in early developmental surveillance using the SACS-R and the recently released ASDetect mobile phone app.

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The School Years. Tuesday 5 April, 1-2pm AEST

Autism CRC is building capacity and developing appropriate educational environments and programs for social, behavioural and academic success. Working with students, parents, school systems, teachers and health professionals – we are developing programs and resources to support children to succeed at school and beyond. Chaired by Professor Sylvia Rodger, this webinar will provide an overview of the latest research in evidence-based, whole classroom interventions to support children on the spectrum in the classroom.
 

Panel:

Dr Beth Saggers, Queensland University of Technology: Learnings from Australia’s largest needs analysis of students on the spectrum.
Dr Debra Costley, Autism Spectrum Australia (Aspect): The challenge of transition in classrooms and the latest research outcomes to support teachers.
Dr Renae Beaumont, University of Queensland: The Secret Agent Society Whole of Classroom program.

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Adulthood. Wednesday 6 April, 1-2pm AEST

Autism CRC is working to improve opportunities for individuals on the spectrum to successfully participate in higher education, employment and to identify best practice in physical and mental health management. There has never been such a multi-faceted, collaborative research effort focused on improving the physical and mental wellbeing of adults on the autism spectrum. Chaired by Professor Sylvia Rodger, this webinar will provide an overview of the latest research developing practical tools and interventions to support adults on the autism spectrum to find a valued place in society.

Panel:

Professor Nick Lennox, Queensland Centre for Intellectual and Developmental Disability: What are the health issues for adults on the spectrum and what is research currently focusing on to enhance wellbeing.
A/Prof Kate Sofronoff, The University of Queensland: Supporting young people on the spectrum at University.
Melissa Scott, Curtin University: How are we helping employers to support adults on the spectrum in the workplace?

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The importance of autistic voices in research. Thursday 7 April, 1-2pm AEST

The Autism CRC is committed to engaging the autistic and autism community, including families and carers throughout every stage of the research process. From the development of our research agenda, through governance, planning, implementation, reflection, dissemination and translation of our research into action. We believe that genuine peer research will improve our research processes to ensure better, more targeted measures and interventions that make a practical difference in the lives of individuals on the spectrum.

Chaired by Olivia Gatfield, Autism CRC, this webinar will be a panel discussion with some of the adults on the autism spectrum who are involved in our research in different ways and their views on what is needed in order to reach our vision to transform lives.
 

Panel:

Richard Johnson, Autism CRC Research Academy Participant
Dr Wenn Lawson, Autism CRC Research Academy project team member
Dr Emma Goodall, Autism CRC Research Academy Research participant

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