ADHD WA 2024 Conference

ADHD+ME
(professionals, adults, parents/carers)

Adding to the knowledge and skills within your toolbox

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ADHD WA is back for an even bigger and better Conference in 2024.

Join us to explore the latest research and learn practical ADHD tips, with Australia’s leading ADHD experts as your guide.
If you are:
  • A clinician, researcher, ADHD coach, looking to hone your evidence-based practices
  • An adult living with or supporting a person with ADHD
  • A parent, carer, family member, friend, or colleague hoping to learn more —

this event is not to be missed!

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Conference Information

Conference Theme

ADHD+ME (professionals, adults, parents/carers)
Adding to the knowledge and skills within your toolbox

Event Details

🗓️ Date: Saturday 19 October 2024

Time: 8:00am – 4:30pm (AWST)

📍Location: Optus Stadium, Perth WA
🖥️ OR join us online from anywhere across the globe via live-stream or on-demand

NEW FOR 2024: A DEDICATED PROFESSIONAL STREAM
We took on valuable feedback following our sold-out 2023 Conference and will be introducing a specialised professional breakout stream that will run simultaneously with our adult and parent/carer breakout streams. This addition is a testament to our commitment to catering to a diverse audience, ensuring that professionals, adults, and parents/carers alike find practical content tailored for them (ADHD+ME: professional, adult, parent/carer).

ONLINE
Adults and Parents/Carers attending online will have access to an Online Conference Portal which enables them to watch the Conference live on the day and move between the adult and parent/carer streams.
Additionally, everyone registered will receive a copy of all the recordings to watch back for 30 days after the event.
Note: the professional stream breakout sessions are in-the-room-exclusive and will not be accessible online or recorded.

Conference Program & Speakers

ADHD WA 2024 CONFERENCE PROGRAM OUTLINE

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Keynote Presentations

Professor Desiree Silva presenting on Early Environmental Exposures and Childhood Mental Health: Cutting Edge Research Opportunities in WA

Professor Desiree Silva will delve into empirical evidence of early environmental determinants correlated with neurodevelopmental disorders, including Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD), Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD), and anxiety. Professor Silva will unpack established factors, potential contributors, and highlight findings from current studies underway. In her keynote presentation, Professor Silva will share research surrounding environmental influences, including risk factors in pregnancy, parental mental health, food we eat, our microbiome, electronic exposure, and exposure to nature and microplastics

Professor Desiree Silva

Desiree is the professor of paediatrics at the University of Western Australia and Joondalup Health Campus. She has a strong interest in neurodevelopmental disorders with over 20 years experience in managing children diagnosed with ADHD, autism, anxiety and developmental disorders. She is a co-author with Dr Michele Toner of the popular book “ADHD go to…

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Dr Kyle Hoath presenting on ADHD + Common Coexisting Conditions in Adults

Dr Hoath will discuss the presentation of ADHD in adults. He will also address ADHD’s most common co-existing conditions, and how they are treated together.

Dr Kyle Hoath

Dr Kyle Hoath is a Consultant Psychiatrist based in Perth, WA whose main interests are General Adult Psychiatry, Psychotic Illnesses, Bipolar Disorders, Anxiety and Depression. He also holds a particular interest in managing the mental health of athletes. Kyle’s treatment philosophy is founded on collaborative and patient-centered care that is tailored to the particular needs…

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Breakout Session Presentations

There will be three breakout streams in 2024: Professional, Parent/Carer, and Adult.

Attendees will be able to ‘choose their own adventure‘ and on the day select which breakout sessions they would like to attend (both in-person and online). With the exception of the Professional breakout sessions. Only Professional ticket holders can access the Professional Stream and are welcome to attend a Parent/Carer and Adult stream.

PROFESSIONAL STREAM TOPICS
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🟧 ADHD + Allied Health | Panel Discussion | Chair: Dr Roger Paterson

“Pills do not teach skills”.
This session will examine all things non-medication which could be invaluable as support for the ADHD journey across the lifespan, explaining the different skills that different disciplines bring to the therapy experience.

Panel consisting of:

  • Speech Pathologist
  • Occupational Therapist
  • ADHD Coach
  • Psychologist
  • GP

Panel chair:

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
🟧 ADHD + Medication (Including for Common Coexisting Conditions) | Dr Davinder Hans and Dr Brad Jongeling

Many people with ADHD may have a coexisting diagnosis. This presentation will outline the medications commonly used for ADHD and associated mental health conditions in adults and children.

🟧 ADHD + The Role of the General Practitioner | Panel Discussion | Chair: Dr Roger Paterson

GPs are increasingly being called upon to assist with  ADHD management issues, from detection, early treatment, referral to a specialist, and follow-up (informal or even formal co-prescribing). And it may be that independent GP management becomes more available to ease the long waiting lists to see specialists. What can GPs do to be ready to contribute? What are they currently doing that the health system needs to be aware of?

Panel Consisting Of:

  • Researcher
  • Psychiatrist
  • GPs

Panel Chair:

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
🟧 ADHD WA + Assessments and Community of Care | Dr Andrew Sheridan and Ms Antonella Segre

CEO of ADHD WA, Ms Antonella Segre, and ADHD WA Clinical Lead, Dr Andrew Sheridan will guide you through the key components of the assessment utilised by ADHD WA clinical team, including clinical interviews, standardised rating scales, and observations. The session will highlight the importance of considering diverse domains such as behaviour, academic performance, and social functioning. Attendees will gain a comprehensive understanding of how a thorough medical and developmental history contributes to a nuanced evaluation, ruling out potential confounding factors and the application of the AADPA guidelines, providing actionable insights for professionals seeking to enhance their ADHD assessment practices.

Antonella Segre

CEO
CEO

Dr. Andrew Sheridan

Clinical Psychologist and Neuropsychologist | Clinical Lead ADHD WA

Dr Andrew Sheridan trained in the UK as a Clinical Psychologist and Neuropsychologist and holds dual registration with AHPRA. Towards the beginning of his career he focused on Paediatric Neuropsychology at Great Ormond Street Hospital and Oxford Children’s Hospital. Since moving to Australia, he has focused on both child and adult Neuropsychology, specialising in conditions…

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8:00am - 4:00pm
Monday (In-Person) and Fortnightly Saturdays (Online)

Clinical Psychologist and Neuropsychologist | Clinical Lead ADHD WA
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PARENT/CARER STREAM TOPICS
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🟨 ADHD + Parent and School Partnership | Ms Chantalle Chapman

A collaborative partnership between families and schools in supporting students with ADHD to flourish is paramount.  However, for many parents it can be tricky to navigate the school system in order to find out what support is available for ADHD students.  This presentation will share insights into how to approach primary and secondary schools at all points of the ADHD journey – from identification through to ongoing management.  Which school staff are best placed to assist, as well as the possibilities and limitations of support in schools, will be discussed.  Accommodations for ADHD students in the classroom as well as in timed assessments will be covered.  As ADHD often “brings a friend”, this presentation will also touch on how co-occurring conditions present in the school environment.

Chantalle Chapman

Chantalle Chapman has worked as a Psychologist in primary and secondary schools for over twenty years. As a parent of a child with ADHD, she has a special interest in the area and has delivered presentations to educators, school psychologists and parents on the topic. Chantalle works to support schools in better understanding this complex…

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🟨 ADHD + Anxiety in Children | Dr Emma Sciberras

Anxiety commonly coexists with ADHD, and complicates treatment. Dr Sciberras will discuss how parents can empower children to manage symptoms of anxiety.

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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ADULT STREAM TOPICS
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🟦 ADHD + Thriving at Work | Panel | Chair: Ms Ali Martin

Set yourself up for success at work. Learn how to showcase your strengths, identify strategies to manage your challenges, consider accommodations and offer inclusive recruitment. Explore what you need to thrive at work and take away some handy tips to help you shine.

Panel Consisting Of:

  • Human Resources Consultant
  • Voices of Industry Professionals with a Lived Experience of Neurodiversity in the Workplace

Meet Ms Ali Martin, the Panel Chair:

Ali is a marketing and communications specialist working in digital product development, having refined her skills with well-known brands like the WA Museum, UWA, Water Corporation, Small Business Development Corporation, and the Department of the Premier and Cabinet. Diagnosed with ADHD at 38, Ali finally discovered why she can’t work without sticky notes, why she adores a deadline and why she thrives in a dynamic work environment – but will flounder if she’s bored.

Her career, characterised by resilience and curiosity, propels her to innovate, identify patterns, and establish meaningful connections. Ali’s dedication to inclusion drives her to help others to thrive, both in and out of the workplace.

Ali’s commitment to the WA community is evident in her roles on the boards of purpose-driven organisations. Over the past decade, she has been a board director at Propel Youth Arts WA, The Last Great Hunt theatre company, and Women In Media WA. Presently, she serves as the Vice Chair of both ADHD WA and The Blue Room Theatre and was recently appointed a director of the International Association of Business Communicators WA.
Ali’s journey with ADHD has been one of embracing and celebrating its unique traits. She has hyperfocused on how to thrive at work, exploring strategies for success and accommodations, and determining the types of work environments that suit her best.

Join Ali at the ‘ADHD + Thriving at Work’ session, where she will offer insights into leveraging ADHD as an asset in professional contexts. This session aims to foster recognition and acceptance of neurodiversity in the workplace, providing practical advice for individuals with ADHD pursuing paths in leadership and success.

🟦 ADHD + Organisation | Ms Jamiela Sungkar, Ms Kim Dixon and Ms Vanessa Smith

Ms Jamiela Sungkar (Pyschologist) will be discussing the importance of psychological interventions in assisting to overcome common organisational roadblocks with ADHD. This will include an exploration of neuroscience, mindfulness, schema therapy & eye movement desensitisation reprocessing treatment to resolve maladaptive cognitions and behaviours that can impact one’s ability to develop and maintain organisational skills.

Jamiela Sungkar

Jamiela is a Psychologist in private practice with a special interest in ADHD, complex trauma and womens health issues. Jamiela works primarily with adults and is dedicated to providing holistic, trauma informed and evidenced based treatment.

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ADHD Coaches Ms Kim Dixon and Ms Vanessa Smith will be providing an overview of the challenges and pitfalls that come with of a lack of Organisation as well as the unintended consequences that feed into the “out of control” narrative that plagues ADHD. We invite you to consider holistic approaches to empower practical strategies, and tools, which will maximise your potential, change the dynamic and help set you up for success.

Kim Dixon

Kim Dixon is an ADHD trained ICF coach with a background in project management, an interest in psychology, and a passion for helping people identify and leverage their unique skills to reach their goals. You will find Kim Dixon and Vanessa Smith at The Skill Crew, where they bring a unique blend of expertise, empathy,…

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Vanessa Smith

Vanessa Smith is a an ICF certified ADHD coach with significant experience in neurodiversity and executive functioning challenges, who is dedicated to creating environments and strategies to help clients overcome obstacles and thrive. You will find Vanessa Smith and Kim Dixon at The Skill Crew, where they bring a unique blend of expertise, empathy, and…

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PARENT/CARER + ADULT COMBINED STREAM TOPICS

🟩 Lived Experience | Mr Shane McCarthy

Shane McCarthy

Shane McCarthy is a freelance writer whose work has been published internationally by the likes of DC and Marvel Comics.  Over the years he has written graphic novels starring characters such as BATMAN, DAREDEVIL and DEADPOOL, as well as for the worlds of STAR WARS and TRANSFORMERS. Shane has been writing graphic novels professionally for…

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🟩 ADHD + Medication (Including for Common Coexisting Conditions) | Dr Davinder Hans and Dr Brad Jongeling

Many people with ADHD may have a coexisting diagnosis. This presentation will outline the medications commonly used for ADHD and associated mental health conditions in adults and children.

 


Registration Options

  1. Attend in-person, for a fully catered, deeply immersive ADHD experience at Optus Stadium, Western Australia and connect with like-minded people to share experiences, or
  2. Join from anywhere, via online live streaming (or watch anytime during the day on demand) and join a global audience learning cutting-edge ADHD research, support and advocacy and access a full conference recording for 30 days post-event.

What’s included in my ticket?

IN-PERSON EXCLUSIVE:

  • Full Catering
    Enjoy morning tea and a delicious lunch included as part of your conference experience.
  • Unlimited Refreshments
    Stay energised throughout the day with complimentary all-day tea and coffee.
  • Hassle-Free Parking
    Avail yourself of the convenience with 400 parking bays available.
  • Recognition
    Receive a Certificate of Attendance to acknowledge your participation.
  • Ample Space & Chill Zones
    Enjoy the conference in comfort with plenty of space and designated quiet areas for moments of reflection.
  • Networking Opportunities
    Connect with fellow attendees who have lived, carer or professional experience with ADHD

ALL:

  • Latest Research & Skill Enhancement
    Gain insights from cutting-edge research, acquire valuable skills, and have your questions addressed during our engaging panel discussions.
  • On-Demand Access
    Access exclusive recordings of the Parent/Carer and Adult sessions post-conference, allowing you to revisit valuable content at your convenience. (Note: the Professional Stream will not be recorded or available online.)
  • Interactive Breakout Sessions
    Engage in interactive breakout sessions, fostering hands-on learning and discussions.

Pricing

All tickets include GST and booking fee.

PROFESSIONAL TICKET:

  • Professional Ticket: $340
    Professional Members receive a 10% discount on their professional ticket when purchased before 8 February.

EARLY BIRD PRICING (IN-PERSON ONLY) – STANDARD TICKET:
Available until midnight 1st March 2024.

  • ADHD WA Concession Members: $124
  • ADHD WA Adult and Family Members: $163
  • Non-Members: $275

ONLINE STANDARD TICKET:

  • ADHD WA Concession Members: $119
  • ADHD WA Adult and Family Members: $153
  • Non-Members: $263

PRO-TIP: Joining ADHD WA Membership will give you access to discounted ticket prices (as well as stacks of other benefits!)

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Terms & Conditions

Cancellations:  All cancellations must be made in writing to Corporate & Services Coordinator, Lucia: lucia@adhdwa.org  Refunds for this event only, will be offered 31+ days prior to the Conference date (i.e. before 18th September 2024). Cancellation is not permitted within 30 days of the Conference date. Name changes are permitted. Please notify lucia@adhdwa.org of any name changes.