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Margot Prior Award Winners Announced...

Margot Prior Award Applications Open

Margot Prior Award

2022 Applications now open

Applications are sought from members who are within 5 years of the PhD being awarded, have a full or an autistic researcher ASfAR membership, and who have standing in a university or research institute capable of accepting and administering the award (award will be made to and administered by the applicant’s institution).

The awardees must submit a report to the ASfAR Executive one-year post-award.

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ASfAR State-based Conference 2021 – 9th December 2021

ASfAR State-based Conference 2021 – 9th December 2021

Mental Wellbeing & Suicide Prevention in Autism: Bringing Autistic People, Researchers and Health Professionals Together

This Australian-first conference is presented by the Australian Society for Autism Research in association with the Olga Tennison Autism Research Centre at La Trobe University. While research has shown that autistic people are at greater risk of suicide and suicidal ideation, knowledge-sharing between mental health professionals and autism researchers, and even less input from autistic people into the kinds of treatments that would best help them. Australian autistic adults have a high rate of suicidal ideation, yet have great difficulty accessing appropriate mental health supports for suicide prevention. Learn more about why this is, and how we can improve supports, at the Mental Wellbeing and Suicide Prevention in Autism conference.

2021 Conference videos are now available through our members portal


Venue: Online – immersive conference environment designed by

Intended audience: Researchers with an interest in autism and/or mental health; Clinicians, psychologists and allied health professionals working in autism and/or mental health; Students of psychology; People with lived experience of autism and/or mental health issues; Carers and family members.

Tickets/ Registration: FREE for attendees with lived experience; FREE for ASFAR members (Full, Student, Post-doctoral); $25-$50 for other attendees


Keynote speakers:

Dr. Brenna Maddox is an Assistant Professor at the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill, in the Department of Psychiatry

A/Prof Jo Robinson leads the suicide prevention research unit, at Orygen in Melbourne Australia.

Professor Phil Batterham is a Professor at the Centre for Mental Health Research, Research School of Population Health, The Australian National University in Canberra, Australia.

Lisa Morgan (author, researcher, speaker, co-chair of the Autism and Suicide committee of the American Association of Suicidality, expert with lived-experience)

Conference Flyer – ASfAR 2021 Dec 9 State conference

Conference convenor: Dr Darren Hedley, Suicide Prevention Australia Fellow at OTARC;


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ASfAR State-based Conference 2021 – 13th August 2021

The futures of autism research” for HDR candidates and early career researchers –

The Futures of Autism Research Conference Programme

HDR candidates and early career researchers, please register by the 9th August 2021
Zoom Registration Link:

A conference for HDR candidates and early career researchers (must be members of ASfAR)
An opportunity to:

  • Present your research to likeminded researchers in a small, supportive environment
  • Learn about the academic journeys of international keynote speakers
  • Network with researchers of a similar career stage

Prizes will be awarded for the top oral and poster presentations on the day. Registration is free and catering provided.

The futures of autism research conference:
Providing opportunity for support, development, and collaboration
Organisers: Stephanie Malone, Kate Simpson, & Nicole Dargue from the Autism Centre of Excellence, Griffith University.

Questions? Contact for further information.

ASfAR State Conference – 13 August 2021 Brisbane flyer

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ASfAR 2020 Conference Wellington NZ (online)

ASfAR 2020 was held online on December 10th and 11th, hosted by Autism New Zealand and Victoria University.

Members have access to the Online Presentations of the Conference.  Become a Member go to:

Autism in Adolescence and Adulthood

10 – 11 December 12:00pm – 8:00pm NZDT

Information about Accessing Presentations

Step 1 

Make sure you are a member of ASfAR

Step 2

Log into the ASfAR members area and follow the links on the right. Go to:

  • Conference attendance is free with membership

Information about ASfAR 2020 online conference programme

Please see the links below for the  conference programme.

Download the posters’ programme (pdf)

Download oral presentations’ programme (including keynotes, invited speakers, symposia and oral presentations) (pdf)


Keynote and Invited Speakers

Professor Hilde Geurts, University of Amsterdam
Autism in late adulthood: What does the future hold?

Professor Jeff Sigafoos, Victoria University of Wellington
Enhancing Communication: 50 years of progress

Minds for Minds Research Network
Exploring the genetic lanscape of autism in New Zealand

Dr. Damian Santomauro, University of Queensland
Estimating the epidemiology and health metrics of the autism spectrum: Where to from here?

Dr. Wenn Lawson, Macquarie University
Does ‘Extreme Demand Avoidance’ (EDA) exist?

Professor Liz Pellicano and Dr. Melanie Heyworth, Macquarie University
The everyday realities of life during COVID-19: Insights from Australian autistic people and their families

For more information contact: Larah van der Meer on

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