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Autism across the Lifespan 

An update on all things Autism


Professor Jacqueline Roberts

25th - 26th

Broncos Leagues Club
98 Fulcher Road, Red Hill, QLD

29th - 30th

Ibis Hotel, 15—21
Therry St, Melbourne


Penrith Panthers
Cnr Ransley St and Mulgoa Rd, Penrith

1 day: $295 (Earlybird)
2 days: $495 (Earlybird)

(Earlybird closes on the 22nd August for all venues)
Add an additional $88 if registering after earlybird.

Registration: 8.30am
Workshop: 9am — 4pm

Day 1:

What do you tell your families who have a child with a diagnosis of ASD?

  • Know your statistics, in order to empower your families with up to date evidence based information about prevalence, aetiology, genotypes and phenotypes.
  • Intervention outcomes for those diagnosed with ASD. Longitudinal studies discuss the outcomes for intervention at preschool and school and the current literature on prognosis as people enter adulthood.
  • What issues and concerns are we likely to need to deal with when working with families?

Early Intervention for Children with ASD

  • Early intervention programs available for ASD? Which ones really work and why?
  • Dosage? How much is enough? What does the evidence say?
  • Evidence based strategies for use in clinical practice; improve outcomes for the children on your caseload with ASD.

Funding—there is a lot out there!

  • Experience of families and professionals so far.
  • The National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) update. What’s the latest?
  • Helping children with Autism (HCWA) update. What’s the latest?

Day 2:

Assessment and intervention for COMMUNICATION and SOCIAL characteristics of ASD :

  • An outline of communication characteristics in children with ASD
  • An outline of social characteristics in children with ASD
  • Practical strategies to develop these skills in children with ASD
  • Taking the perspective of people on the Autism Spectrum.

Autism through school and beyond……

  • Support for school aged children with ASD. What models of service delivery and support are out there? What works; benefits and negatives? What does the evidence say?
  • Transition to post school? What do we know about what works?
  • What are the outcomes, opportunities and support available for employment, community living and policy for young people on the autism spectrum?


In 2011 Jacqui was appointed to the new chair of Autism in the Autism Center of Ex-cellence (ACE) at Griffith University. Prior to her appointment Jacqui held several short-term fractional research appointments at different universities and had considerable success initiating collaborative projects across Universities and disciplines, applying for funding and leading/managing research projects including a fractional appointment as Associate Professor at the University of Canberra responsible for content in the Australian Autism Education and Training Consortium (AAETC) Positive Partnerships program. The Consortium provided professional development for teachers and school leaders and for parents and carers of children with autism across Australia as part of the Federal Government Helping Children with Autism package (2008 – 2015).

In 2006 Jacqui completed (with Professor Margot Prior) a review of interventions for children with autism and their families for the Australian Commonwealth Department of Health and Aging. This has recently been updated (2011). The updated review is available on the FaHCSIA website. The principles of good practice described in this review have informed the roll out of the Helping Children with Autism pack-age (HCWA).

Jacqui is a director of the Australian Advisory Board on Autism Spectrum Disorders providing input to the board on a national autism research agenda, and served on the DEEWR Students with Disability in Schools Advisory Council from 2010 - 2013. In 2009 Jacqui was the national speaker for Speech Pathology Australia and in 2010 was invited to present an overview of EBP in autism assessment and management at International Logopaedic Conference (IALP) in Athens. In 2013 Jacqui received the Asia Pacific Autism Conference (APAC) award for outstanding service to the autism community.

In her current position as the director of the Autism Center of Excellence (ACE) at Griffith University Jacqui is responsible for developing the research agenda focusing on research that will enhance outcomes for individuals with ASD. ACE is already building a strong research profile enhanced through collaborative links with other schools within the university, speech pathology in particular and participation as an essential partner in the Cooperative Research Center (CRC) for Living with Autism Spectrum Disorders, granted $31 million in Federal funding in February 2013. The ACE also offers an extensive multidisciplinary postgraduate study program in Autism comprising a graduate certificate, masters and doctoral program in autism studies. For information about ACE courses and research contact


$495 per person (both days)
$295 per person (1 day)
(inc G.S.T, workshop materials, morning and afternoon tea, lunch)

To Register:

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If you have any further questions or would like information on reduced hotel rates we have secured please contact: Lisa Rickard on 02 4647 6777.



Brisbane Bronco’s Leagues Club
98 Fulcher Road, Red Hill QLD 4059

Free Parking located on the opposite side of the club closer to Arthur St.


Ibis Hotel, 15-20 Therry St,
Melbourne, VIC 3000

Limited onsite paid parking


Penrith Panthers Leagues Club
Cnr Ransley St and Mulgoa Road, Penrith, NSW 2750

Onsite free Parking