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IDA Magazine Vol 39 Iss 1 (Mar 2018)

DIVISION REPORT

DIVISION REPORT March 2018 Aeotearoa, New Zealand We are proud to report that one of our division’s longserving committee members, Hamish Taverner recently won the prestigious Attitude Leadership award for 2017. Hamish has been at the forefront of advocacy for N.Zers with learning disabilities (intellectual disability) for more than 20 years. He has served as regional president and National chairperson of People First. Hamish undertakes service evaluations for Standards and Monitoring Services (SAMS) and has represented various disability organisations both domestically and internationally. Hamish has liaised with the Ministry of Health in an advisory capacity and been a voice for others with learning disabilities. In addition to his advocacy work, Hamish is a global messenger with Special Olympics and has worked as a researcher interviewing people in residential services. Hamish plays a strong leadership role on the ASID division’s committee ensuring the voice of people with learning disabilities is heard and acted upon. Hamish is shown receiving his award. Planning for our July 2 & 3 2018 conference is well underway, thanks to the sterling efforts of the Co- Convenors, Sharon Brandford and Jonathan Goodwin. Responding to the call “Building Partnerships that enrich lives” will feature three keynote presenters: Dr Sheridan Foster who has a particular interest in people with severe and profound levels of intellectual disability; Judge Andrew Becroft who was the N.Z Children’s Commissioner from June 2016 and author of Getting it Right: the Children’s Convention in Aotearoa; and Dr Martyn Mathews ,Clinical Practice Leader IDEA Services with a particular passion in early intervention for children and families and developing services for people with severe challenging behaviour or who have come to disability service through the criminal justice system. The call for papers has gone out and will close in March. Division members will be meeting for their annual face to face meeting at the end of April. The committee hopes as many of you as possible can attend our conference which has a reputation for quality speakers and congenial atmosphere. Frances Hartnett NZchair@asid.asn.au Attitude Leadership Award Hamish Taverner 22 www.asid.asn.au

DIVISION REPORT Western Australia The WA division of ASID has been busy planning two events in the first few months of 2018. The first is a Sundowner featuring a panel discussion and opportunities to network. The panel discussion will focus on “What is Evidence in the NDIA world? Innovation informing outcomes.” This panel discussion will aim to connect innovative practice and research with evidence to inform positive outcomes for people with disability. The second event follows the work of a small working group that examined who is undertaking formal and informal research on intellectual disability in WA. The main finding of the working group was that there was very little intellectual disability-specific research occurring in WA. We also found that there are few senior intellectual disability researchers, few opportunities for local funding and Curtin University is the main institution undertaking intellectual disability research. As a result of these findings, ASID WA will be holding an evening event in May to open discussion on the way forward for intellectual disability research in WA. For more details please contact WAchair@asid.asn.au. Christine Kuca christine.kucathompson@activ.asn.au New South Wales/ Australian Capital Territory Since last IDA report ASID NSW / ACT has hosted another successful webinar in our Ethical Issues in Ageing series and held our 2018 planning day. The webinar delivered by Dr Stuart Wark on Health and Healthcare was well attended, with positive feedback and a lively online discussion. ASID members can login to the members section of the ASID website to watch a recorded video of the live event. We look forward to our next webinar in the series, co-hosted with Palliative Care NSW on end of life to be held the 12th of April, presented by Dr Michele Wiese and Joan Ryan. Registrations for this event will be open soon on the ASID website. Another event for our NSW members on the 24th of April will be a workshop ‘Living the life I want’: A guide to planning with Dr Angela Dew and Laura Hogan – save the date! The NSW / ACT committee enjoyed our planning day at the end of February, at this point let’s just say ‘watch this space’ for a few exciting activities we have planned in the coming year. Samuel Arnold, PhD samuel.arnold@unsw.edu.au Vol 39, Issue 1 March 2018 23