AADPA’s 6th Annual Conference was held in Melbourne from 29 – 30 July 2023, with additional workshops on Friday, 28 July.
The conference was held in a hybrid fashion with in-person attendance at the Sofitel Melbourne on Collins and virtual attendance through the CVENT Virtual Attendee Hub.
The two-day conference, themed “From Science to Solutions”, provided an opportunity over 600 delegates to network with like-minded peers and hear from leading experts in the field of ADHD, including international keynote speakers, Prof. Stephen P. Hinshaw and Dr Margaret Sibley and Dr Christine Imms from the University of Melbourne.
Other highlights included contributions from our Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander and Maori colleagues; special guests Minister Shorten and former Minister Hunt as well as the short presentations by our early career researchers and clinical colleagues and surprise guest, Luis Rohde.
Browse photos from the conference below.
Congratulations to Dr Kelsie Boulton, recipient of the 2023 Florence Levy Emerging Research Award!
Each year AADPA recognizes the fantastic work being conducted by early career researchers in the area of ADHD with the Florence Levy Emerging Research Award.
We were delighted to announce this year’s recipient at the Annual Conference was Dr Kelsie Boulton, a Research Fellow at the Clinic for Autism and Neurodevelopment Research, based at the Children’s Hospital at Westmead Clinical School and Brain and Mind Centre, The University of Sydney.
Dr Boulton has been involved in ADHD research, and related conditions, since commencing her PhD in 2015. Her PhD research focused on social behaviour in neurodevelopmental and anxiety disorders, using multiple modalities to better understand mechanisms underpinning social processing in these conditions.
Since 2019, Dr Boulton has led a program of research that is embedded within clinical developmental assessment services. These services see over 600 children with neurodevelopmental conditions each year, with over 70% meeting the criteria for ADHD and related neurodevelopmental conditions, such as autism and intellectual developmental disorder.
This research has resulted in the development of a large research registry, the Sydney Child Neurodevelopment Research Registry. Studies published from this registry demonstrate significant diagnostic delays, barriers in accessing support and services, and substantial mental health concerns in children presenting to these services.
Our Keynote Speakers
Prof. Stephen P. Hinshaw
Stephen P. Hinshaw is Distinguished Professor of Psychology at UC Berkeley and a Professor of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences at UC San Francisco. He also co-directs the UCSF-UC Berkeley Schwab Dyslexia and Cognitive Diversity Center and the UCSF Child, Teen, and Family Center.
Prof. Hinshaw researches developmental psychopathology, ADHD in youth and young adults, sex and gender differences, risk for self-harm, and clinical trials to understand mechanisms underlying success in treatments, both pharmacologic and psychosocial. He also investigates mental illness stigma and the means of reducing it. He has authored over 410 articles, chapters, and commentaries plus 13 books. His latest book is Straight Talk about Girls with ADHD (Guilford, 2022).
A/Prof. Margaret Sibley
Dr Margaret Sibley is an Associate Professor of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences at the University of Washington School of Medicine and a clinical psychologist at Seattle Children’s Hospital. She has authored over 100 scholarly publications on ADHD in adolescence and adulthood with research funded by the National Institute of Mental Health and the Institute of Education Sciences.
Dr Sibley is the Secretary of the American Professional Society for ADHD and Related Disorders (APSARD) and a Professional Advisory Board Member for Children and Adults with Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (CHADD).
Prof. Christine Imms
Christine Imms (BAppSc(OT), MSc, PhD, Fellow OTARA) is the Apex Australia Foundation Chair of Neurodevelopment and Disability at the University of Melbourne. She is an occupational therapist, academic and researcher who focuses on collaborative approaches that lead to improved participation outcomes for those with child-onset neuro-disability and their families.
Dr Imms’ research track record includes 159 peer-reviewed publications, more than $22 million (AUD) in grant income, and supervision of 43 research students to completion. In 2021, Christine became Founding Director of Healthy Trajectories: A child and youth disability research hub on the Melbourne Children’s Campus.
Special Guest Presenters
Hon. Bill Shorten
As the Minister in charge of the NDIS, Bill Shorten is overseeing a systematic review of the NDIS and will implement a $720m spending program to reign in costs and growth in order to deliver better experiences and outcomes for NDIS participants. The minister has outlined six key reforms including increasing the National Disability Insurance Agency workforce, addressing spiralling costs, introducing long-term plans, reviewing supported independent living arrangements, better workforce participation and targeting criminal syndicates rorting the system.
Hon. Greg Hunt
The Hon. Greg Hunt served as Australia’s Minister for the Environment, Innovation and Health across three major portfolios over almost nine years. As Minister for Health (2017 – 2022), he oversaw Australia’s response to COVID-19, established telehealth as a permanent and universal centrepiece of Medicare, reformed private health and established long-term plans for mental health, aged care, medical research and primary care and listed over 2,000 new and amended medicines for public access. He is a Hon. Enterprise Professor at Melbourne University and the inaugural Chair of the Advisory Council for the Turner Institute at Monash University.
Prof. Juli Coffin
Prof. Julianne (Juli) Coffin is an Aboriginal Western Australian who has traditional ties to her grandparents’ country in the Pilbara region (Nyangumarta). Juli is a prominent Aboriginal researcher with research expertise in cultural security, education and research across a diverse range of chronic diseases, nutrition, contextualising bullying, and health promotion.
With a keen interest in Aboriginal languages and ways of learning, Juli combines her education and cultural learning to deliver the outstanding translation of research into practice that is always of an impeccable standard.
Lucinda is the Clinical Director, and overall lead for Oranga Hinengaro (Maori Health Authority) including mental health, addiction and suicide pre/postvention.
Lucinda’s vast experience as a clinician with a background of working in the social services and mental health sector for many years is something she is passionate about.
Lucinda brings a desire for driving kaupapa (policy) that enhances Hauora (health) Maori. This includes working alongside whanau in spaces and places where Maori are overrepresented and seen as high risk.
Carlee is an experienced registered nurse with a background in adult and child and adolescent mental health services in specialist/secondary care and NGO services.
Carlee was previously Head of School – Maori within the nursing department at Te Pukenga/Wintec and has recently completed a master’s degree in Professional Practice.
Carlee is excited to be part of an organisation that drives innovation to reduce inequities for Maori and to ensure that services are accessible and conducive to Maori wellbeing.
Conference Organising Committee
Prof David Coghill (Conference Convenor)
Prof Mark Bellgrove (Committee Member)
Louise Brown (Conference Convenor)
Pip Quinn (Committee Member)
Angela Agius (Committee Member)
Margaret Eagers (Conference Organiser)
Matt Eagers (Conference Organiser)