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2018 Dr Michele Wiese

C:\fakepath\Michele WieseMichele’s professional contribution to people with intellectual disability, their families and disability support professionals dates back to the 1980s when Michele worked as a researcher with Macquarie University evaluating a NSW wide Training Resource Unit that introduced an innovative and positive approach to working with people with ID who had complex behavioural needs. Michele made a significant contribution to the research and went on to provide exceptional support to people with ID and their families in the area of positive behavior support, and was well known as an excellent trainer and resource person for staff in government and nongovernment services who were supporting people with the most complex of needs.

As a researcher at Macquarie University and then the Centre for Disability Studies, Sydney, Michele played a key role in designing and managing a number of research and development projects examining models of care for people with complex needs, including an innovative housing pilot for people with ID and behavior support in Queensland. Michele continues to provide significant training and consultancy support to disability support workers in this and other areas. Her work is always of the highest calibre and is well regarded. Other roles have involved clinical practice, research, teaching, lecturing, consulting, curriculum development, working with NGOs and project management.

Michele’s more recent work in the area of end of life care and death and dying is well known and highly regarded locally, nationally and internationally. As a member of ASID NSW/ACT Committee, Michele first presented at an ASID NSW Hot Topics day and identified a significant need among disability support organisations regarding the support of people with ID facing end of life care. Michele subsequently undertook her doctoral research in end of life care and her dissertation was End-of-life care of people with intellectual disabilities in community living services. She has always addressed this area with the utmost sensitivity, respect and dignity for all involved and her work is both ethically sound and brings positive direction and support to all stakeholders

Michele was project coordinator for the “Dying to Talk” project that resulted in a noteworthy toolkit that is accessible for all. She was an invited co-editor for a special edition in November 2017 of the Journal for Applied Research in Intellectual Disabilities (JARID) on end of life care. Dissemination of findings and their implications has occurred through Michele’s presentations at key ASID and IASSID conferences and through publications and networking with key international researchers in the field where her work and contribution is highly regarded. Her numerous peer reviewed publications are frequently cited.

As a member of ASID NSW/ACT Regional Committee and then Division, Michele has also made a significant contribution. She was as an active committee member from 2008- 2017 where she assisted in organising and running events including numerous state workshops and conferences as well as the successful ASID Conference in Sydney in 2013. Michele took charge of our Operational plan and developed an effective operational procedure for this. She has also voluntarily worked with various ASID Conference program committees. The ASID endorsed Ethical Review of Research in the Disability Sector guidelines were developed and released as a result of Michele’s identification of the critical need for these in the disability sector and her tireless work to collaboratively consult and progress the work to completion.

Overall, Michele’s work exemplifies ASID’s charge of translating “research to practice”.

2018 Associate Professor Patsie Frawley

C:\fakepath\ASID Day 1 284[1]Patsie has a huge commitment to scholarship and together with her capacity to translate research into practice to the benefit of people with Intellectual Disability (ID). She has made an exceptional and significant contribution to research and practice particularly in the field of sexuality for people with ID, as well as addressing issues related to the prevention of violence and abuse of people with disability.

Patsie’s research has both informed policy at a macro level and had direct impact on the lives of individuals with disability across Victoria and nationally. For example, the Sexual Lives and Respectful Relationships programme (originally known as Living Safer Sexual Lives) is now used across several states. The programme continues to grow and develop, and is now being adapted to address the needs of LGBTQI+ people with ID. Throughout the development of these programmes and their supporting resources, Patsie’s commitment to rigorous research has ensured high standards and their effectiveness.

An important feature of Patsie’s research and development activities has been her long-standing and strong commitment to the co-design and co-production of research and policy. This was very evident in her work as Senior Researcher for the Office of the Public Advocate in Victoria, and in her long-term close working relationships with self-advocacy organisations such as Reinforce.

2017 Clinical Professor Vivienne Riches

C:\fakepath\UntitledVivienne is a highly respected peer and colleague of many members of ASID, who has contributed more than 40 years to the disability sector through research, consultancy, and teaching and as a clinical practitioner. Professionally Vivienne is a registered psychologist and a Senior Research Fellow at the Centre for Disability Studies an affiliate of the University of Sydney. She holds conjoint appointments as Clinical Professor, University of Sydney and Clinical Psychologist.

Vivienne has made a significant contribution to research and development in the field of vocational preparation and employment for people with a disability, assessment and classification, support needs assessment, social and interpersonal competence, and transition from school to post school for students with disabilities, staff training and active Support, behavioural support and mental emotional health issues.  In the past 5 years alone, she has contributed to over 10 research projects, published many book chapters and journal articles, co-authored a book and presented at countless conferences.  In 2013, Vivienne was inducted into the Disability Employment Australia Hall of Fame, in recognitions of her outstanding contribution to Disability Employment.

On top of her teaching, research and clinical loads she has also supervised many provisionally registered psychologists, practicing psychologists and a number of PhD candidates. 

Her contribution to the disability and community sector extends to active participation on boards and committees for a number of organisations, including but not limited to 7 years as a Board Director for ASID Ltd and over 9 years with the NSW/ACT Division of ASID.   In 2013, ASID NSW hosted the 48th Annual Australasian Conference in Sydney. Vivienne was instrumental in negotiating and securing a wide range of high profile local and international speakers as conference keynotes. It is without doubt that her networks, respect and reputation within the field were integral to the successful and well-received program that was delivered.  Vivienne served as the Vice President for ASID NSW/ACT from its reformation in 2007.  In 2011 she moved into the President’s position and served in this role until 2014.  Since stepping back from leadership of the committee, Vivienne has maintained an active role on the events committee, including recent co-coordination of a workshop on individualized funding and self-determination.

Vivienne's clinical expertise is well established in assessment, evaluation and intervention including work with forensic populations.  Her work on assessment includes the development of the award winning Instrument for the Classification and Assessment of Support Needs (I-CAN) tool.  Clinical services she has delivered frequently addressed problems such as depression, anxiety, stress, anger, grief and loss, relationships, abuse, social interpersonal skills, low self-esteem, and eating disorders.  Vivienne has expertise at adapting mainstream tools, assessment and treatment strategies for use with people with intellectual and developmental delays.


  • 2007 Ms Anne Bray, Mr Guy Hamilton
  • 2006 Mr Angus Capie, Mr Richard Bruggemann
  • 2005 Mr Eddie Bartnik, Prof Trevor R Parmenter, Mr Robert Martin
  • 2004 Dr Helen Beange OAM  Inaugural Award