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Australasian Society for Intellectual Disability

ASID NZ 2016 Conference

No more excuses: Looking beyond “because”

Thursday, 3rd Nov 2016 Friday, 4th Nov 2016
Brentwood Hotel, Wellington

Programme details

The conference programme will run from Thursday 3 November – Friday 4 November 2016, with the Welcome Reception on Wednesday 2 November.

​The conference will start with a mihi (and informal Māori welcome ceremony) at 9:00am on Thursday 3 November, and will close on Friday 4 November at approximately 4:00pm.

Download and print full programme (453KB, pdf).


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All fees are in $NZ and include 15% GST (Goods and Services tax).

  Early Bird
Close 30 September 2016
From 1 October 2016
ASID Member - Full $475.00 $575.00
ASID Non-member - Full $575.00 $675.00
ASID Member - Day $305.00 $335.00
ASID Non-Member - Day $335.00 $365.00
Student / Self Advocate $275.00 $325.00

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Full Conference Registration includes all conference sessions, morning and afternoon teas, lunches during the conference and one ticket to the opening welcome reception.  

One Day Conference Registration includes all conference sessions, morning and afternoon teas, and lunches during the conference for the day of registration.  

Self Advocate Registration Self advocates are people with intellectual and/or developmental disabilities who exercise their rights as citizens by advocating for themselves.

Delegate registration cancellation policy: All registration cancellations are subject to a $100.00 administration fee. If payment has not been made, the administration fee will be charged. If payment has been made, a refund of the balance will be given, provided written notification is received prior to 5:00 pm Friday 30 September 2016. After this date refunds will only be made at the discretion of the organising committee.  Substitutions will be accepted, but should be notified in writing to Paardekooper and Associates.


Unfortunately accommodation at the Brentwood Hotel has now sold out.  Please contact the hotel directly on +64 4 9200400 to enquire if there are any rooms available, as there may be cancellations.

Room rates are in New Zealand Dollars (NZD) and includes Goods and Services Tax (GST) of 15%. Please note: your credit card details are required to secure your reservation. you are not required to pay a deposit. Your hotel will charge the full cost of your stay upon check out.

The Brentwood Hotel
16 Kemp Street, Kilbirnie, Wellington
Standard room $149.50 per night  

All cancellations must be notified in writing by fax or email to your hotel. Please contact your hotel directly regarding their cancellation policy.


New Presenter Award

ASID seeks to improve the quality of life for people with an intellectual disability.  One of the means by which we do this is to promote the link between research and practice.  Our NZ conference provides an opportunity to do this at a flax roots level.  We are particularly keen to encourage new presenters to clearly articulate the evidence base that underpins their conference presentations.  To this end we are pleased to announce our inaugural New Presenter Award and invite applications from new presenters who wish to be considered for the award.  

The Award The award consists of a certificate and a financial component to cover:

  • The registration fee for one person to attend the 2017 Australasian ASID conference in Hobart
  • A return economy airfare for one person to attend that conference.  

The financial component is contingent on the award winner attending the conference.  The recipient will need to cover their own accommodation and incidental expenses.  

The award is open to all New Zealand residents.
The award is restricted to presenters who are presenting for the first or second time at the New Zealand ASID conference.  

The award will take into consideration both a written component and the applicant’s conference presentation.  A copy of the powerpoint presentation will not be sufficient.  Intending applicants will need to provide:

  1. A written overview of the presentation of no more than 750 words.  There are no specific requirements regarding referencing style but the overview must include the following information:
    • *  The evidence base that informed the presentation
    • *  What you did
    • *  Ethical considerations you took into account
    • *  What you found
    • *  A reference list (this is not included as part of the 750 limit). 
  2.  If your presentation includes the use of powerpoint slides please attach a PDF copy of your presentation laid out using the 3 slides per page print option.
  3. In the event of there being several presentations of equal merit preference will be given submitters who are financial members of ASID.
  4. All applications must be emailed to by 5:00pm, Monday 24 October.  The email should be headed ASID – NZ New Presenter Award.  All the required documents should be attached to the email.  No late submissions will be accepted. 

The Aotearoa – NZ Division of ASID reserves the right to not make this award if no papers meet the criteria.  All decisions are final and no discussions or correspondence will be entered into.

Call for Papers deadline: Sunday 31 July 

This week is your final chance to be part of the 2016 conference programme.  Submit your abstracts by Sunday 31 July.

ASID NZ 2016 invites submissions of abstracts for Papers (25 mins incl Q&A) and Workshops (55 mins).  In thinking about your submission, we would ask you to address the conference theme of No more excuses: Looking beyond “because.  In particular, how often have we heard, said or been told that “we can’t do that because”.

Topics include:

  • High and Complex Needs
  • Support & Innovative Programmes
  • Dual Disability
  • Life span
  • Legal/Supported Decision-Making
  • Positive and Safe Relationships
  • Health
  • Options for Living
  • What the evidence says

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Keynote Speakers

Lorraine BaileyLorraine Bailey

Lorraine has worked for many years in the disability services sector and was involved in the deinstitutionalisation of psychopaedic and psychiatric hospitals in the late 1980s.  Lorraine was instrumental in the establishment of the largest kaupapa Maori organisation in New Zealand providing support to people with disabilities.  Lorraine is currently a Service Manager with mental health service provider, Affinity Services, Auckland.  

Shifting Paradigms

Establishing kaupapa Maori services for people with intellectual disabilities in the late 1980s was not without its challenges. A significant paradigm shift had occurred internationally, with hospital-type institutions being closed down in favour of smaller and more homely community-based facilities. New Zealand was preparing to follow suit, despite prevailing attitudes towards deinstitutionalisation being mixed.  Far from the minds of many was the notion that a person’s ethnicity or culture could, or should, influence their care.  A lawyer involved in the closure of a psychopaedic hospital once asked what difference it would make to a resident if he was moved to a Maori disability support service when he knew nothing except life in an institution. They say it can’t be done. It will cost too much. The lawyers are involved. What difference would it make? We consider the excuses we have made "because that is just how it is".  This session looks at how a voluntary, Maori staff support group overcame the excuses and went on to become industry leaders and innovators with a service model that honours the birth right of Maori to have the values of their culture be an intrinsic part of their lives: and thus contribute to a new paradigm shift in which the provision of culturally appropriate services is the norm.  

Leanne DowseLeanne Dowse

Leanne holds the Chair in Intellectual Disability and Behaviour Support at the University of New South Wales. She has been a scholar, practitioner, supporter and ally in the area of intellectual disability since the beginning of her professional career as a Speech Therapist in the 1980s. Leanne has worked closely with the NSW Department of Family and Community Services (Ageing, Disability & Home Care) works to expand the body of knowledge and increase workforce capacity in the delivery of appropriate and effective services to people with an intellectual disability with complex and challenging behaviour. Leanne’s current research projects include; focusing on the experiences of people with complex needs who are the victims of crime and exploring appropriate models of support. Improving the mental health outcomes of people with intellectual disability and the experiences of indigenous Australians with mental health disorders and cognitive disabilities in the criminal justice system.

Professor Nick LennoxNick Lennox

Nic is a researcher, educator, advocate and clinician. He has specialised in the health of adults with intellectual disability since 1992. He trained in general practice, and has developed several interventions to improve the health of people with intellectual disability.  


No more excuses

The lives of people with intellectual disability are shrouded in deep seated cultural beliefs and attitudes which impact their lives at every moment of the day be it at work, play or when accessing healthcare.  "No more excuses” we need to change this devaluing in all aspect of their lives including in the pursuit of good health and healthcare.  The presentation will examine change and how we have been “looking beyond because”; the conference theme.  

What has produced positive change in health and healthcare in the last 25 years? What do we have “hard core” evidence for and what makes intuitive sense?  What and who are the drivers of this change and how do they do it?  If we are looking beyond where do we need to direct our energies especially in the possibilities made available in the digital age?  We also need to seek not-to-lose what we already have; such as a sense of connection, community and not forgetting kiwi ingenuity.  The vital role of self, individual or systemic advocacy will be emphasis and some ideas on how it can be enhanced through the education of everyone involved in the process and in the delivery of health care.  

Joanne WatsonJoanne Watson

Jo is a Speech Pathologist and researcher with over 25 years of experience in the disability sector.  She has worked as a clinician, trainer, support worker, family member and researcher in a number of countries including Australia, China, Hong Kong and the United States.  Jo’s recently completed a PhD thesis has explored supported decision-making mechanisms with people with severe-profound intellectual disabilities and their supporters.  

The right to autonomy for people rarely heard

Joanne will discuss her long professional commitment to people with significant communication and cognitive impairments.  The address will challenge us to think about autonomy differently and will demonstrate how people who communicate informally or unintentionally can still have their preferences acknowledged, interpreted and built up into decisions that reflect their will and preference.  It will explore the enablers and barriers which my research has indicated enables supporters to carry out their role.    

Key dates

30 May 2016 Call for Papers opens
31 July 2016 Call for Papers closes (extended)
1 July 2016 Early Bird registration opens
30 September 2016 Early Bird registration closes
3 November 2016 Conference opens
4 November 2016 Conference closes


Adrian Higgins
Chair - NZ ASID  

Paardekooper & Associates
Conference organisers
ASID NZ 2016 Conference
Thursday 3 - Friday 4 November 2016
Brentwood Hotel, Wellington, New Zealand
Phone: +64 4 562 8259