Past Aspergers Victoria Events

Here are some of the events we've held recently. Speaker notes, handouts and reports of the event, if available, can be accessed from the members only section of the website. 


Dr Stuart Shanker - Managing Stress Through Self Regulation - 16 March 2017


Dr Shanker developed the five-step Self-Reg model – The Shanker Method – a powerful process for understanding and managing stress in children, youth and adults.   Self-regulation is not just a story of the early years; the science reveals insights across the lifespan from the pre-natal months into the senior years.

With stress being a key issue for Aspergers, Dr Shanker, will deliver – The Shanker Method – which provides self insight into your emotional state and behaviour for the child, teen, adult, parents, grandparents – family, educators and beyond.

This approach enhances each individual’s ability to identify, navigate their own stress triggers, manage these stress triggers and, thereby, enhance stress awareness while developing personalised strategies to promote resilience and restoration across all ages.


Aspergers Victoria was kindly offered this one-off opportunity by Dr Shanker. Don’t miss out on your chance to hear this internationally renowned speaker about Aspergers and Self-Regulation

DATE:                     Thursday 16th March, 2017

TIME:                      7pm – 8.30pm – registration starts at 6.45pm, tea and coffee provided afterwards

VENUE:                   The Arena,

                               The NAB Village,

                               700 Bourke Street, Docklands (walking distance from Southern Cross Station)

COST:                     Members Ticket:  $40 each

                               Non-members Tickets:  $60 each*                           

TO BOOK:               Book and pay online at:

*To become a member of Aspergers Victoria go to the website at or via the link: or email the Memberships Coordinator at 

For further information please contact the Events Coordinator via email: Phone: 0431 311 558



Jeanette Purkis - Good Mental Health and Social Inclusion - Thurs 10th Nov


Jeanette Purkis is an autistic advocate, public speaker, public servant and author of three books including the recently released Guide to Good Mental Health on the Autism Spectrum.              

This book is a resource to help build mental health and well-being for adults who identify as being on the autism spectrum, their families and clinicians.

Jeanette has worked full-time in the Australian Public Service since 2007 and has a Masters Degree in Fine Arts.  

She is the author of two other books - Finding a Different Kind of Normal (an autobiography), and The Wonderful World of Work, an activity book to help teens on the Autism spectrum prepare for joining the workforce.  Jeanette hosts a radio show for the UK advocacy group Positively Autistic (Jeanette’s Autism Show) and has spoken at many conferences and events, including at TEDxCanberra 2013 and with Temple Grandin in 2015. Jeanette also facilitates a support group for women on the Autism spectrum in Canberra and is the Secretary and Public Officer on the Board of Autism Asperger ACT.

Jeanette will share her personal journey of overcoming challenges and succeeding in life with a diagnosis of an autism spectrum condition and atypical schizophrenia, as well as presenting useful information from her new book.  Jeanette’s presentation will provide some helpful strategies for navigating life and more general information about living well with autism and mental illness. Jeanette will also discuss the importance of socially valued roles and inclusion for people on the autism spectrum, drawing on her own experiences of moving from being socially devalued and excluded, to being a fulfilled and accomplished woman.  

There will be time for questions and a book signing after the formal presentation.

Come along and find out more from Jeanette about ‘Good Mental Health and Social Inclusion’

DATE:      Thursday 10th November 2016

TIME:       7.30-9.30pm    (Doors open at 7pm – Light Supper provided after 9.30pm)

VENUE:    The Matsudo Room, 1st Floor, Box Hill Town Hall

                1022 Whitehorse Road, Box Hill.   3128


COST:       Members Ticket:  $30 each

                 Non-members Tickets:  $40 each


Book and pay online at: 


For further information please contact the Events Coordinator.

Email: or Phone: 0431 311 558

Donations over $2 are tax deductible

Please note: Photographs may be taken at this event, and may be used in the Aspergers Victoria Newsletter or website and/or for promotional  purposes.   If you do not wish your image, your child or children’s image to be used please contact the Events Coordinator at


Apps for Autism Hackathon: 14 - 16th November

Specialisterne and the Autism CRC are looking for people on the autism spectrum who have IT skills, live in Melbourne and want to participate in the Apps for Autism Hackathon. 

For those on the spectrum with limited experience in working in teams, Specialisterne Australia is offering a special one day workshop in preparation for the Hackathon. The workshop will consist of an introduction to scrum methodology, working in teams, and build a project together using Lego Robotics.  

If you would like to join a project team at Apps for Autism please email, and write in 100-400 words why you would like to join the event and outline your tech skills.  You can email your CV (resume) if you have one, otherwise outline your tech skills. You will get a responce with the next steps once your email has been received. 

The Hackathon event is being held at ANZ building in Melbourne, located at 100 Queen Street. 

Monday 14 to Wednesday 16 November, 2016.
Monday 6.00pm to 9.00pm
Tuesday 8.30am to 5.00pm
Wednesday 8.30am to 4.00pm

More information via the link :


Panel Event - Adults Peer Group - 20th October


Brainstorm Productions: Verbal Combat - Friday 7th October