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Australasian Society for Intellectual Disability

50th Annual Melbourne 2015

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The 50th Annual ASID Conference was held
11-13 November 2015 in Melbourne, VIC.


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The conference committee of 2014 thanks everyone for their contribution to making the conference such a success.  


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Conference Presentations:

Keynote Presentations:

Wednesday 11th November 2015

Thursday 12th November 2015

Friday 13th November 2015

Keynote Biographies: 

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Mr Bruce Bonyhady AM
Board of the National Disability Insurance Agency


Mr Bruce Bonyhady was formerly the President of Philanthropy Australia and also formerly the Convenor of the Independent Panel appointed to advise the Productivity Commission and Government during the Inquiry into long-term

care and support for Australians with disability. He is a Member of the Disability Investment Group and the Reference Group for the Pension Review. He was Deputy Chair of the National Disability Insurance Scheme Advisory Group to the Council of Australian Governments and former Chairman of Yooralla.

Mr Bonyhady has also held a number of senior positions in the funds management industry and insurance industry in Australia and internationally. He is Chairman of Acadian Asset Management Australia Limited and a Director of Dexus Wholesale Property Limited. His former roles include senior positions in the funds management industry, including Managing Director of ANZ Investments and Executive Vice President at BT Funds Management. His earlier career was as an economist and econometrician in the private sector and the Commonwealth Treasury.

He is the father of three adult sons two of whom have disabilities. Mr Bonyhady was appointed as a member of the Order of Australia in 2010 for services to people with disabilities, their families and carers and to the community.


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Aine Healy Executive Director – Advocacy, NSW Council for Intellectual Disability



Aine Healy is the Executive Director - Advocacy of NSWCID. She plays a key role in establishing and maintaining local, state-wide and national connections on key policy issues, establishing strategic directions, and ensuring that NSWCID is both responsive to the concerns of people with intellectual disability and led by them. She has a long history of working in partnership with people with cognitive disability, and combines those skills with strengths in network development, collaborative partnering with government and non-government agencies, and systemic advocacy on issues of importance to people with intellectual disability.  




Michael Sullivan
Chairperson, NSW Council for Intellectual Disability.



Michael Sullivan is the chairperson for the NSW Council for Intellectual Disability. He joined NSW CID in 1997 and thrives on helping others with a disability. Michael started work full time in 1985 at the NSW Teachers Federation where he still works.  Shortly after this he joined the Chatswood Social club. He credits the beginning of his life interest in helping others to his time there, where he held various positions including president. It was through Chatswood Social Club he heard about a new committee at NSW CID. Working and being a member of Chatswood social club helped Michael to have the confidence to speak up and say what he thinks. Michael loves to travel and has been to many countries, for both work and pleasure. He says this has meant a lot to him. He joined the National Disability Advisory Council Canberra in 1997. This group advised the then Minister in government about important issues for people with disabilities. Since then Michael joined the Board of NSW CID. He also sits on the Speak Out Reach Out Committee with NSW CID and the national Our Voice Committee which is part of Inclusion Australia. This year Michael was invited to join the newly formed NDIA reference group on intellectual disability. Michael feels that being a person with a disability himself, has made him want to help other people who have a disability. He wants to do this for the rest of his life because this is who he is. Michael enjoys being part of the team at NSW CID. Speaking up for others with disabilities, and working in advocacy, with Honesty, Integrity and Dignity. 


Chris Oliver

Prof. Chris Oliver

Cerebra Centre for Neurodevelopmental Disorders, School of Psychology
University of Birmingham, Birmingham, UK.


Chris Oliver is Professor of Neurodevelopmental Disorders at the University of Birmingham and director of the Cerebra Centre for Neurodevelopmental Disorders. He trained as a clinical psychologist at Edinburgh University before completing a PhD on self-injurious behaviour in people with intellectual disability at the Institute of Psychiatry, London. He is currently researching early intervention, behaviour disorders in people with severe intellectual disability and autism spectrum disorder, behavioural phenotypes in genetic syndromes and neuropsychological and behavioural assessment for people with severe intellectual disability. He has published over 130 peer reviewed articles in scientific journals, is Editor in Chief for the Journal of Intellectual Disability Research and serves on a number of scientific advisory committees for autism and syndrome support groups. Sadly, he supports Luton Town Football Club.


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Dr Jennifer Clegg
Associate Professor, University of Nottingham.


 Dr Jennifer Clegg is Honorary Associate Professor, University of Nottingham, UK. Prior to retiring in 2015 she was also a Consultant Clinical Psychologist and qualified family therapist working for Nottinghamshire Healthcare NHS Trust. Jennifer has espoused a relational approach to research and practice in Intellectual Disability throughout her career. Alongside nursing and other colleagues she provided clinical support to an acute Assessment and Treatment Service for adults with Intellectual Disability and mental health problems or challenging behaviour and their families. For 8 years this service used a Dutch relationship-building method grounded in developmental psychology, Jacques Heijkoop’s Discovery Awareness, with considerable success. She has published empirical and case-study articles on a range of topics including attachment, bereavement and PTSD. A longitudinal research project with a cohort of school-leavers allowed critical examination of the individualist concepts framing Intellectual Disability policy and practice such as inclusion, risk, adulthood and, most recently, choice. She has also published chapters on the history and ethics of clinical practice.


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Sharon Knight MP
Parliamentary Secretary for Human Services



  When her three children were small, Sharon studied at the University of Ballarat while supporting her family.   Sharon has completed a Bachelor of Social Work and an Advanced Diploma in Business Management. Sharon has extensive experience in the health and community sectors, often assisting those most in need. Before entering Parliament, Sharon managed Lifeline in Ballarat.  She had previously worked and volunteered at the Centre Against Sexual Assault and in the office of the federal member for Ballarat Catherine King. Sharon’s work in the community has been widely recognised and she was featured in the Women’s Health Grampians publication “Amongst Ballarat’s Finest: A showcase of achievement and contribution by Ballarat’s women”.  Sharon served for more than a decade on the board of Pinarc Disability Services. Sharon was elected the member for Ballarat West at the 2010 Victorian election replacing long serving member Karen Overington.


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David Behan
Care Quality Commission’s new Chief Executive, UK


David Behan is head of UK Care Quality Commission which is responsible for making sure that health and social care services provide people with safe, effective, compassionate, high-quality care. The Commission does this by monitoring, inspecting and regulating services to make sure they meet fundamental standards of quality and safety and we publish what we find, including performance ratings to help people choose care.

He will talk about the work of the Commission and the way that it has adapted its approach to ensuring quality to focus more on observation of staff practice since the exposure of abuse at Winterbourne View several years ago.

David was appointed as CEO of CQC in in  July 2012. He has previously held post of Director General of Social Care, Local Government and Care Partnerships at the Department of Health, President of the Association of Directors of Social Services, and was the first Chief Inspector of the Commission for Social Care Inspection. He graduated from Bradford University in 1978. He was awarded a CBE in 2003, and, in 2004, was awarded an Honorary Doctorate in Law by Greenwich University.

International Guest Speakers


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Professor Magnus Tideman
Halmstad University


Magnus Tideman is professor of Disability studies with focus on social work at Halmstad University, Sweden. The last 25 years he has done research about livings conditions for people with intellectual disability, social inclusion, transition from school to adulthood, self-advocacy, personal assistance, the construction of disability and more. Tideman is the director of a multi-disciplinary research team in Halmstad and adjunct professor at La Trobe University, Melbourne.


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Dr Wendy Keay-Bright  



Dr. Wendy Keay-Bright is an award-winning director at Cariad Interactive and  lecturer at Cardiff School of Art and Design. Her projects, ReacTickles®, ReacTickles Magic and Somantics have delighted audiences worldwide, leading to free software, resources and research that demonstrates the impact of inclusion and playfulness in design innovation. Since winning her first NESTA Award in 2005 she has accessed significant funding for projects that raise awareness of the abilities of marginalised groups. Recent work, Somatopia, for Raspberry Pi, is pioneering inclusive design methods for novice programmers. Wendy regularly volunteers for community theatre projects, and is a trustee of Autism Cymru.