Melbourne Parent Information Workshop – 15 March 2017

Event Details

Wednesday 15th March 2017

The Arena, NAB Building
700 Bourke Street, Docklands

Early Intervention Session – 9.00am – 1.00pm
Adolescent Session – 1:30pm – 6.00pm
(Registration opens at 8.30am)

Who should attend?

  • Parent and Carers of people with autism spectrum disorders
  • Grandparents and extended family
  • Anyone wanting to find out more about helping individuals with autism spectrum disorder

Workshop Program

Our Melbourne Parent Information Workshop is divided into two sessions, the morning session focuses on Early Intervention while the afternoon session focuses on Teens and Adolescents.

Hosted by our CEO Nicole Rogerson, the day will feature talks from internationally recognised Behaviour Analyst, Dr Bobby Newman along with some of Australia’s leading experts in autism from the medical, behavioural and NDIS fields.

Parent Workshop Program

Early Intervention Stream (morning)

Registration opens 8:30 am

9.00 – 9.30am
Autism: What do I do now?
Dr James Best

9.30 – 10.15am
Preparing for School: finding a school, setting goals & working with your team
Shannon Eeles

10.15 – 10.30am
Morning Tea

10.30 – 11.15am
Step by step: a plan for working with professionals to help your child generalise skills into everyday life
Karen McKinnon

11.15 – 12.15pm
Common Mistakes Made in Behavior Management and How to Spot and Avoid Them
Dr Bobby Newman

12.15 – 1.00pm
NDIS…WTF! How to navigate the NDIS for your family
Charmaine Fraser

1.00 – 1.30pm
Lunch Break

Adolescent Stream (afternoon)

Registration opens 1:00 pm

1.30 – 2.15pm
Crack the NDIS code for ASD across the lifespan
Charmaine Fraser

2.15 – 3.15pm
Managing challenging behaviours in adolescents
Dr Bobby Newman

3.15 – 3.30pm
Afternoon Tea

3.30 – 4.15pm
Health matters: The teenage years
Dr James Best

4.15 – 5.30pm
Let’s talk about sex: Addressing puberty and sexuality in teens
Dr Bobby Newman

5.30 – 6.00pm
Q & A
Dr Bobby Newman, Dr James Best, Charmaine Fraser, Karen McKinnon, Shannon Eeles



$30 +GST per person per session

$50 +GST for all day ticket (covering both sessions)

Meet Our Speakers

Dr Bobby Newman B.C.B.A

Bobby Newman is a Board Certified Behavior Analyst and Licensed Psychologist. He is the first author on twelve books about behavior therapy and autism spectrum disorders. He has published over two dozen articles in professional journals, as well as numerous popular magazine articles.

A popular speaker, Bobby also provides direct treatment, staff training and consultation around the world, and has been honored for this work by several parents and professional groups.

Dr James Best

Dr James Best has been a GP in Sydney for over 20 years. He is a GP Supervisor and in 2010 he was awarded a national teaching award, the GP Supervisor of the Year for the Royal Australian College of General Practice. Dr Best is a father of a child with autism, and his practice specialises in advising families with children with autism. He has presented regularly to GPs and specialists in webinars and live presentations. He has also had articles on autism and other topics regularly published in national medical and mainstream media outlets.

Karen McKinnon

Karen McKinnon provides a range of behavioural services for children on the autism spectrum and their families.  She is the Director of Clinical Services at Autism Partnership and a registered psychologist with more than 20 years experience in supporting families to understand how to help their children can learn.  Karen’s focus with families is on providing practical strategies that have strong research support.  She works with children across all age groups.

Shannon Eeles

Shannon Eeles has worked with children with autism and their families for more than fifteen years. A diagnosis of autism in the family triggered Shannon’s journey on the road to improving educational quality and outcomes for children with ASD. Shannon founded The Centre for Inclusive Schooling of Children with Autism, is a co-founder of the IDEA Program (a whole school approach to intervention for children with Autism Spectrum Disorder), Little Learners Autism Program and Little School. Shannon’s role as Managing Director of Autism Partnership sees her leading a team of passionate and talented people to achieve the best possible outcomes for children with ASD and their families.

Charmaine Fraser

Charmaine Fraser is a Support Coordinator and Peer Mentor working with participants in the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS). She holds a Bachelor of Behaviour Studies (Psychology) and facilitates training in Applied Behaviour Analysis and Non Violent Crisis Intervention. She has two children, the eldest of which has autism.

Nicole Rogerson

Nicole Rogerson is the founding Director and CEO of Autism Awareness Australia and is one of the nation’s leading advocates for the awareness and understanding of Autism Spectrum Disorder.

Nicole has led many campaigns and events that have inspired, touched and educated Australians, including Australia’s contribution to the U.N World Autism Awareness Day, production of a short film ‘What are you doing?’ for school children, and various television community service announcements and public speaking engagements.

Nicole is one of the most passionate voices on the challenges of autism in Australia, having hosted numerous seminars, advised the Federal Government and presented to the United Nations twice. She is frequently asked to speak about autism in the media.

Nicole has two sons, the eldest of which is on the autism spectrum.