Registrations are now open for the 10th annual ASD research forum, to take place at the Darebin Arts Centre in Preston on Thursday 3 November 2011. This highly regarding forum is run by the Autism Victoria trading as Amaze Research Reference Group.
The group is delighted to announce that Professor Katrina Williams will be delivering the keynote address on Autism research: Where are we now and where do we need to be?
The forum provides an excellent opportunity to hear about Autism Spectrum Disorder research currently being undertaken by Victorian research teams, including that undertaken by undergraduate and postgraduate students.
To register, or for more information, visit the Research Forum page.
Kokoda Trekkers Reach Half Way
The 15 Kokoda Trekkers are on Day 5 of their trek and will now be half way through their adventure. The weather forecast for the next few days is around 31-32 degrees maximum and 24 degrees minimum with some cloud.
One of the biggest concerns for people doing the trail is drinking too much water: because of the high humidity (up to around 90%), it is tempting to continue to drink to try to cool yourself down, so the group has been warned to drink enough but not too much water.
We are out of contact with the group whilst they are on the trail and we hope that it is going well for them. We look forward to hearing from them when they reach their destination on Sunday.
Victorian Autism Conference - Registrations Open
Autism Victoria, trading as Amaze, is very pleased to announce that registrations for the Victorian Autism Conference 2012 are now open, with a fantastic Early Bird offer! Register here to book now and secure your ticket.
Our Regional Partners are key to ensuring a successful state-wide conference for our delegates and we are proud to hosting VAC 2012 with their support in the following locations across Victoria:
Albury-Wodonga: Woodstock Support
Bendigo: Carers Support Services
Horsham: Wimmera Uniting Care
Mildura: Sunraysia Autism Spectrum Support Group
For more information about the services and support our Regional Partners provide within their communities, please go to the bottom of this webpage to read more.
In other conference updates, please note that the ‘Call for Abstracts’ will remain open until 30 November 2011. Thank you to those who have submitted already – it is gearing up to be an exciting program! Click here to submit an abstract.
Mental Health Week - on now
This week - Sunday 9 to Saturday 15 October - is Mental Health Week. The Week aims to activate, educate and engage Victorians about mental health through a week of interactive events across the state including an official launch, community festivals, art exhibitions, music, theatre and seminars. Click here for a listing of events being held across Victoria.
Carers Week - Next Week
Carers Week is Australia's annual celebration of family carers: each year thousands of Australians take the time to recognise the wonderful contribution that carers make — this year you should be one of them!
Carers Week 2011 runs from Sunday 16 to Saturday 22 October in order to recognise, support and celebrate Australia's carers and to help make the wider community aware of just how much this group of people does. More information about Carers Week.
Would you like to share your story?
Autism Victoria trading as Amaze is currently in the process of compiling the 2010/11 Annual Report. We would love to hear from some of our members to be able to tell your story of how you have been helped by our organisation over the past year.