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eSpectrum No. 59 October 2011

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 Last chance to register for ASD Research Forum

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Registrations for the tenth annual ASD Research Forum, to take place at the Darebin Arts Centre in Preston on Thursday 3 November close this Friday!

The program promises an exciting day with paper and poster presentations across five major areas: Diagnosis and Epidemiology; Social Learning and Social Cognition; Neurobiology; Psychopathology; Intervention.

We are pleased to welcome Professor Katrina Williams, who will be delivering the keynote address on Autism research: Where are we now and where do we need to be?

There are still some places left, so visit our ASD Research Forum page for more information, and for a registration form.

We hope to see you at the forum!

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  LEGO® Road Train Build - 19 & 20 November

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On the weekend of 19 & 20 November, the Melbourne LEGO Users Group is organising a free event at Scienceworks for anyone who enjoys playing with LEGO (big or small!) to come along and build one carriage (or trailer) of a LEGO Road Train.

We will be attempting to set the world record for the biggest LEGO road train. The previous biggest "train" was a LEGO railroad train with 127 carriages which was pulled by two LEGO locomotives in Braunschweig (Germany).

Please note: for individuals with an ASD, Scienceworks are providing a quiet room for the event which you may use if you wish to.
Thanks to ASD Aid, MUG and Scienceworks for this great initiative – it will be a lot of fun, so come along and join in! 

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 World Autism Awareness Day 2012 - VOTE NOW

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Next year, World Autism Awareness Day (WAAD) falls on the first Monday of the Victorian school holidays. We are once again holding a walk and balloon release to mark the occasion. We are trying to decide whether it would be better to hold it on Sunday 1 April or Monday 2 April.
Please let us know your preference – vote for Sunday 1 April or Monday 2 April by sending an email to events@amaze.org.au.
We will be guided by your votes so please help us decide!

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 GP Conference and Exhibition - FREE PASSES

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Autism Victoria trading as Amaze will be exhibiting at the General Practitioner Conference and Exhibition (GPCE), a major event on the GP’s annual calendar. The event will be held at the Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Cenre on Friday 11th to Sunday 13th November.

Shawn Stevenson, Team Leader Training & Information, will be providing a “Meet the Experts” Session on Sunday afternoon, talking about the “red flags” that GPs should be aware of and what services GPs can refer their patients to.
Two free passes
We have two full passes available, valued at over $800 each, and if you are a GP who has an interest in Autism Spectrum Disorders and you have not yet registered, one of these could be yours! They will go to the two people who have the best claim – so get your claim in to us fast! Email marketing@amaze.org.au.
We look forward to seeing some of our members at GPCE and to helping to increase the awareness and knowledge of Victorian GPs about Autism Spectrum Disorder.  

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 Important changes to Medicare rebates

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From 1 November 2011, Medicare are making changes to the Better Access to Mental Health initiative for individuals in the community with mental health concerns. Sessions will be capped at ten allied health services per calendar year. A maximum of ten group sessions per calendar year can also be claimed.

This is a reduction in Medicare rebatable services under this plan, which currently sits at 12 individual sessions per calendar year (with the provision of an addition six in exceptional circumstances) and 12 group sessions.

Individuals who have already accessed 10 or more individual and 10 or more group services by 1 November will not be eligible for addition services until 1 January 2012.

Click here for further information on the changes from the Department of Health and Ageing.

Autism Victoria trading as Amaze have updated our Medicare Rebates Factsheet, outlining the three Medicare initiatives that are of most use to the ASD community.

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