OTARC Free Forum 'Towards a new definition of autism' - 24 Oct 2012

The Olga Tennison Autism Research Centre at La Trobe University is offering a free forum on the changes to the definition of autism planned for the 'bible' of mental health, the DSM 5. I quote from the OTARC website:

TOWARDS A NEW DEFINITION OF AUTISM - A free forum presented by the Olga Tennison Autism Research Centre.

Date:   24th Oct 2012 5:30pm until 24th Oct 2012 7:00pm (Add to calendar)
Contact:   OTARC, otarc@latrobe.edu.au
Type of Event:  Public Lecture

To attend: register here. Bookings are essential.    


The fifth edition of the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM -5), to be published in 2013, is introducing significant changes to current diagnostic definitions of Autism and related conditions. In particular, with the introduction of the new diagnostic criteria, some of the diagnostic concepts that have influenced clinical practice, research studies, and cultural perceptions of Autism will no longer be used; most notably the concepts of ‘Asperger’s Disorder’, ‘Pervasive Developmental Disorders’ and the ‘triad of symptoms’.

The Olga Tennison Autism Research Centre (OTARC) is holding a free public forum to discuss these changes. The forum is open to all interested people, including professionals and families.

Date and time: 24 October from 5.30 to 7pm
Venue: La Trobe University, Bundoora. Western Lecture Theatre (WLT) 2. Campus map [PDF 2.03 MB]

The forum will be introduced and moderated by Associate Professor Cheryl Dissanayake, Director of OTARC. The program will include:

  • A 30 minute talk by Dr Giacomo Vivanti from OTARC outlining the changes.
  • Responses from a panel including Professor Nicole Rinehart from the Clinical Psychology Centre at Monash University, Dr Janine Manjiviona, Clinical Psychologist in private practice with extensive experience in the diagnosis of Autism Spectrum Disorders, and Lisbeth Wilks, parent and a member of the OTARC team,OTARC researchers.
  • Questions from the floor.

To attend please register here. Bookings are essential.

For additional information, email otarc@latrobe.edu.au or call 03 9479 2497 (Wednesdays to Fridays).