2023 ADHD WA Conference Speakers & Schedule

Keynotes | Breakout Sessions | Conference Schedule | Pricing

Keynote Speakers

Professor Mark Bellgrove

presenting Neurobiology of Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder
Abstract: Attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) is the most prevalent mental health disorder of childhood. It is associated with negative lifetime outcomes including increased morbidity and mortality rates. The heritability of ADHD is high and 20 years of genetic association studies have sought to unravel its genetic architecture. In this presentation I will review the neurobiology of ADHD including studies of genetics, pharmacology, brain imaging and neuropsychology.

Professor Mark Bellgrove

Mark Bellgrove is Director of Research at the Turner Institute for Brain and Mental Health, and a Professor in Cognitive Neuroscience in the School of Psychological Sciences, at Monash University, where he leads a multidisciplinary team studying the biological basis of attention, cognitive control and decision making in both health and disorder (e.g., ADHD). His…

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Professor Sven Bölte

presenting The Neurodivergent Individual in their Unique World – implementing WHO’s ICF system in ADHD

Professor Sven Bölte

Sven Bölte, Ph.D., is professor of child and adolescent psychiatric science at the Department of Women’s and Children’s Health, Karolinska Institutet (KI), and senior clinical psychologist at the Division of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, Center for Psychiatry Research, Region Stockholm, Sweden. He has more than 25 years of experience in the field of neurodevelopmental conditions.…

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Christine Layton

presenting Lived experience of ADHD

Christine Layton

Christine Layton presents one of ABC Radio Perth’s four flagship programs, statewide Afternoons. From Mornings at ABC Great Southern in Albany to broadcasting across the country on National Drive, Christine has spent the last decade interviewing every day Australians, high profile politicians, elite athletes and performers such as Dame Emma Thompson, Jimmy Barnes, Premier Mark…

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Dr Emma Sciberras

Presenting How to support children with ADHD in the area of sleep?

Up to 70% of children with ADHD experience sleep problems. This presentation will cover the types of sleep problems experienced by children with ADHD and strategies that can be used to help children (and parents) to get a better night sleep.

Dr Emma Sciberras

Dr Emma Sciberras is a clinical psychologist and senior lecturer at Deakin University and the Murdoch Childrens Research Institute. Her research aims to investigate the developmental trajectories of common childhood disorders (using population-based methodologies), such as ADHD, and the risk and protective factors for poor versus better mental health, academic and social outcomes in these…

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Breakout Session Speakers

Breakout Stream 1 (better for Adults)

Dr Belinda Oddy

facilitating ADHD in Women and girls

Dr. Belinda Oddy

ADHD in Girls and Women

Dr. Belinda Oddy commenced her medical training at the University of Melbourne and was awarded a Commonwealth Academic Scholarship. After completing her internship at the RBWH in 2010 she commenced psychiatric training with advanced training in Consultation-Liaison and Addiction Psychiatry. After undertaking a fellowship year in pain medicine at the Professor Tess Cramond Multidisciplinary Pain…

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ADHD in Girls and Women

Dr Roger Paterson & Dr Aggie Bakowski

facilitating Update on ADHD Medications Across the Lifespan

Dr Aggie Bakowski (paediatrician) and Dr Roger Paterson (child and adult psychiatrist) will outline the latest trends in ADHD medications for children, teenagers and adults, with a particular emphasis on their effectiveness and limitations.

Dr. Aggie Bakowski

Dr Aggie is a General Paediatrician, with a special interest in infant and parent mental health and neurodiversity. She completed her specialist training at Royal Darwin and Princess Margaret Hospital and has further qualifications in Infant and Parent Mental Health through the University of Melbourne. She continues to work at Perth Children’s Hospital as well…

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Dr Roger Paterson

Management Board Member

I provide assessment and treatment of ADHD in teenagers and adults, starting at about 16 and continuing into later life as needs be. I am in full-time private practice in Nedlands. My focus is on medication treatment and I liaise closely with colleagues who provide the essential aspects of a multimodal treatment approach e.g. psychologists…

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Management Board Member

Zyron Krupenia

facilitating ADHD in Long Term Committed Relationships

This presentation will firstly cover what works in healthy, rewarding and loving neurotypical, committed relationships.

We then explain what happens in a relationship when one or both partners have ADHD.

We examine what aspects of ADHD negatively impact on a relationship, and why.

We consider the impact of neurodiversity on each of the partners. How they begin to think, feel and behave when in a long term, committed relationship.

And finally, we look at what can be done, what changes can be made, in order for such couples to improve their relationship, and live a long a happy life together.

Zyron Krupenia

  Zyron trained as a Clinical Psychologist, first at the University of South Africa, and in 1983 completed his Master’s Degree in Clinical Psychology (Cum Laude) at the University of Port Elizabeth in South Africa. On his arrival in Perth in 1988, he commenced work in a Child Development Centre dealing primarily with child-related behaviour…

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Breakout Stream 2 (better for Parents)

Professor Wai Chen

facilitating Understanding, preventing and managing Gaming Disorder (GD) and Problematic Digital Media Use in adolescents and youths with ADHD

Digital media (DM) use (internet, social media and gaming) are increasingly common especially in children and youths. Those with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) are particular prone to develop problematic use; and if severe, addiction, with ensuing behavioural problems, emotional distress, anxiety, depression, relationship problems and, in some, suicidality.

ICD-11 has introduced Gaming Disorder (GD) as a formal psychiatric diagnosis. Yet, problematic social media use and mobile phone use, and internet addiction are not formally included. This workshop provides an overview of these conditions, their negative impacts, and treatment implications, including prevention of these conditions.

Professor Wai Chen

Professor Wai Chen is Professor of Youth Mental Health and Developmental Neuropsychiatry, Fiona Stanley Hospital, WA. He is Professor, Psychiatry Discipline Lead, Curtin Medical School, Curtin University. He is also adjunct professor, Graduate School of Education, UWA; adjunct professor, School of Medicine (Fremantle), Notre Dame University Australia, WA; and adjunct professor, Department of Psychology and…

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Dr Michele Toner

facilitating Parenting ADHD: It’s a Marathon, not a Sprint!

Parenting a child with ADHD is not for the faint-hearted. On some days you will feel like SuperParent, ready to leap the tallest building of bureaucracy. On other days you will feel like a total failure. Your job requires research, organisation, mediation, advocacy, patience, energy and compassion. But do you remember to extend that compassion to yourself? The aim of Michele’s session is to persuade you as parents to practise self-care, and to pace yourselves. After all, you’re in it for the long run. The good news is – it gets better and easier the more you do it. All you need to do is choose your areas of focus and resist the urge to ‘fix’ everything at once. You will leave this session with a plan to care for yourself and run the ADHD Parenting Marathon.

Dr Michele Toner

OAM, ADHD WA Management Board Chair, Member of ADHD WA Professional Advisory Body, ADHD Coach and Consultant. Michele has been supporting people with ADHD since 1995 through ADHD WA, and currently serves on the Board and PAB. She has completed a PhD in the field of ADHD. Aside from her academic qualifications Michele’s coach training…

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Debbie Hirte and Fiona Alexander

facilitating The Power of ADHD Coaching for Teens

The teenage years are a time for increased responsibilities and independence. ADHD can make navigating these transitional times even more challenging. Teenagers can struggle with focusing on school, completing homework, impulsive or risky behaviour, difficulty with social relationships and managing big emotions.

Today we will explore how coaching teenagers can help them gain confidence in their problem-solving abilities and build life skills that will serve them post-secondary and into adult life. Coaching will help them understand and appreciate the strengths and challenges of their ADHD brain.

Fiona Alexander

Over my 25-year teaching career, I have been fortunate to have taught numerous children, all with their unique traits Supporting and championing every student led me to train as an ADHD coach. My international, 15 years, and local teaching experience has allowed me to follow my love of learning and bring that to all the…

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Debbie Hirte

As a passionate Educator with 29 years of experience in Independent schools, I have been advocating for neurodiverse students and families as they navigate the complex world of education. My strengths lie in my ability to connect with, understand the needs of and successfully implement tools to help students achieve social, emotional and academic success.…

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ADHD WA Conference Schedule

7:30am – 8:30am Registrations
8:30am – 8:40am Welcome
8:40am – 9:00am Official Conference Opening
Mr Stuart Aubrey MLA
9:00am – 9:45am Keynote Address: Professor Mark Bellgrove presenting Neurobiology of Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder
9:45am – 10:30am Keynote Address: Professor Sven Bölte presenting The Neurodivergent Individual in their Unique World – implementing WHO’s ICF system in ADHD
10:30am – 11:00am Morning Tea
11:00am – 11:40am Breakout Session #1

Stream 1 – Dr Belinda Oddy facilitating ADHD In Girls and Women

Stream 2 – Dr Michele Toner facilitating Parenting ADHD: It’s a Marathon, not a Sprint!

11:40am – 12:20pm Breakout Session #2

Stream 1 – Zyron Krupenia facilitating ADHD in Long Term Committed Relationships

Stream 2 – Professor Wai Chen facilitating ADHD in the Digital Age and Screen Addiction

12:20pm – 1:00pm Breakout Session #3

Stream 1 – Dr Roger Paterson and Dr Aggie Bakowski facilitating Update on ADHD Medications Across the Lifespan

Stream 2 – Debbie Hirte and Fiona Alexander facilitating The Power of ADHD Coaching for Teens

1:00pm – 1:45pm Lunch
1:45pm – 2:30pm Keynote Address: Christine Layton presenting Lived Experience of ADHD
2:30pm – 3:15pm Keynote Address: Emma Sciberras presenting How to support children with ADHD in the area of Sleep
3:15pm – 4:30pm Panel Discussion with an extended panel of experts and audience Q&A
4:30pm – 5:00pm Final remarks and conference close
5:00pm – onwards Networking



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