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Guidelines for ADHD

October 5th, 2022 by tperry

Guidelines for the Identification, Diagnosis, and Treatment of People with ADHD

Recently ABC News Online reported on new guidelines for the identification, diagnosis and treatment of people with ADHD.

For the first time, patients and medical professionals have comprehensive, evidence-based guidelines for the diagnosis and treatment of ADHD in Australia.

“For a family who has concerns over one of their family members, it really provides them with an authoritative, best-practice document, so they can be confident with the treatments offered,” said Monash University Professor Mark Bellgrove, president of the Australian ADHD Professionals Association (AADPA).

“It will equip them to ask the right questions of the clinicians and others involved in the care of their family members.”

It’s estimated that as many as one million Australians have ADHD.

DSE – New Information Resources

September 16th, 2022 by tperry

New Information Resources Available on the Disability Standards for Education

The Department of Education (Department) has worked with Children and Young People with Disability Australia (CYDA) and young people with disability and their parents and caregivers to co-design a new range of resources about their rights under the Disability Standards for Education 2005 (Standards).

What are the resources?

There are four new resources:

  • Explaining the Disability Standards for Education – this resource outlines what the Standards are and what they are designed to do.
  • Milestones and Transitions – this resource is to help students and their parents and caregivers make their way through their education journey.
  • Advocating with and for your child: Primary School – this resource is for parents and caregivers of primary school students.
  • Disability Standards for Education in Practice: Action Plan – this resource is for students who are in high school or tertiary education.

Each resource is available in Easy Read format and Auslan and translated into Arabic, Chinese (simplified and traditional), Farsi, Hindi, Khmer, Korean and Vietnamese.

How The Resources were Developed

The content of the new resources was created by students with disability and their parents and caregivers, with help from CYDA.

Development was informed by consultation with a range of disability organisations and with input from Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people with disability and people with disability from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds.

Caulfield Campus Construction Update

September 16th, 2022 by tperry

Update on Caulfield Campus Building K Project

Buildings and Property Division have begun construction on the Caulfield, Building K1 Co-Curricular project.

Building K, Level 1 at Caulfield Campus will be a construction site, and there will be no access to the lift on level 1, during this project.

The lift will be available to go to other floors.

Signage will be displayed advising building occupants.

  • Please use the external lift outside Building A, and cross to building K.
The project is due to be completed by February 2023.

Please contact us if you have any questions.

  • If you need assistance to locate the lift, please contact security on 9902 7777.

Stepping Into Internships Summer 22/23

September 16th, 2022 by tperry

Stepping Into Internships – for Students and Graduates with Disability

About the Stepping Into Program

The Stepping Into program offers practical paid work experience for successful students and recent graduates with disability who may face significant obstacles in gaining employment.

Obstacles include such things as academic transcripts that don’t reflect the interns’ real potential or having limited opportunity to participate in part time work while studying.

The participating employers are pioneers within their field and are taking a leadership role in providing opportunities to interns with disability to access internship opportunities.

Australian Network on Disability (AND) have been bringing employers and interns together like this since 2005, and their record stands for itself: AND-supported interns are more likely to be employed after they leave university than students without a disability.

Eligibility

To be eligible for this program, applicants must be:

  • A person with a disability, mental health condition or chronic illness
  • In their final or second-last year of their degree, or have graduated from their studies in the last 36 months.
  • An Australian citizen, permanent resident, or international student who holds full working rights in Australia.
  • Able to commit to the entire program.
  • Able to provide evidence of involvement with university disability services or a note from a medical professional that indicates the presence of a disability, mental health condition or chronic illness.

*Please note: Due to the incredible growth of this program, AND have recently extended their eligibility criteria to include recent graduates.

Key Dates

  • Intern Applications Open: 1st September 2022 (Thursday)
  • Intern Applications Close: 2nd October 2022 (Sunday)
  • Internships begin from mid November

Information Sessions

AND runs information sessions and recruitment skill workshops throughout September and October, for potential applicants and those supporting eligible students and graduates.

  • For more details on the Information Session dates and to register, students and graduates can visit the website: https://www.and.org.au/ students-jobseekers/start-an-internship/

Stepping Into is a nation-wide paid internship program that provides university students and recent graduates with disability hands-on work experience in their chosen field of study.

With over 150 paid internships available across a range of disciplines – from Accounting to Law, Engineering to Research, Public Policy to Sciences – there’s a role to suit you.

  • Applications close 2nd October 2022.
  • Contact AND at 02 8270 9200 or applications@and.org.au

Seeking ADHD Study Participants

September 14th, 2022 by tperry

Impulsivity and Attention in Adults with ADHD

Monash Researchers are seeking people diagnosed with Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) who are aged over 18 and don’t have any previous history of psychosis, organic brain disorder, epilepsy or serious head injury, to participate in a study investigating impulsivity, attention and local sleep.

Participants in this study will be asked to complete:

  1. An online questionnaire
  2. An interview with a clinician
  3. An online impulsivity game, and
  4. A computer task at Monash University

– whilst connected to EEG equipment to measure brain activity.

  • Participation will take up to 5 hours, and participants will be reimbursed up to $100 (in the form of a Coles Group Gift Card) for their time.

Location

Monash University Clayton Campus

  • To express interest in participating or for further information please email: Elaine.Pinggal@monash.edu

*This project has been reviewed and approved by the Monash University Human Ethics Research Committee – Project Number 17839 and 29393

Understanding ADHD

August 26th, 2022 by tperry

Understanding ADHD – You’re Invited!

Deaf Awareness Month

August 25th, 2022 by tperry

Next Month is Deaf Awareness Month!

*From #AiMedia

September is an important month in the d/Deaf community.

Not only is Deaf Awareness Month celebrated, but also International Week of Deaf People from 19-25 September and World Deaf Day on 27 September.

These are occasions to celebrate the d/Deaf community, educate about deafness, and advocate for accessibility in everyday life.

Tips for Being Deaf-Aware: Part 1

Understand the spectrum of deafness, learn more about Deaf culture, and get Ai Media’s top deaf communication tips.

Read more

Tips for Being Deaf-Aware: Part 2

In Ai Media’s second article on being deaf aware, they explore how to communicate when an interpreter is present, learning signs, words to use (and not use), and more.

Read more

Net Zero Project

August 23rd, 2022 by tperry

Net Zero Precincts Project – You Are Invited to Participate

Net Zero Precincts: an Interdisciplinary Approach to Decarbonising Cities

  • Do you live, work or study in the Monash area?
  • Are you passionate about sustainability?
  • Are you wondering how the community can have a greater say in creating a net zero future?

If so, then you might consider participating in this innovative research project that aims to help Monash residents, business and government reach net zero emissions.

Deaf participants are Welcome to Participate in the Net Zero Precincts Project

The study aims to ground the grand plans to decarbonise the Monash Clayton campus by 2050 with the everyday experiences of those who live, work and study there.

Often in these types of transition periods and new technologies, the experiences of those who are deaf and blind are left out.

Dr Emma Quilty, research fellow in the Faculty of IT, is based in the Emerging Technologies Research Lab, and would very much like to include perspectives of students who are deaf, blind, or with other disabilities, particularly around how they experience life on campus and how they imagine Net Zero futures.

Participating in an interview with Emma would involve about an hour of your time, with no preparation required on your part.

Join us for a walking interview of the Monash Net Zero Precinct.

  • Please contact: Dr Emma Quilty, emma.quilty@monash.edu to register your interest.

Accessible Floorplans Study

August 23rd, 2022 by tperry

User Study on Accessible Floorplans – Your Feedback is Important!

A team of Monash researchers are looking for people who are colour blind, have low vision, have a motor impairment or dyslexia to use a new indoor floor plan navigation tool.

This study seeks to understand the users’ experience in exploring adaptive floor plans that gets adapted to fit users’ particular vision or reading difficulties.

During the study, questions will be asked to understand your prior experience with floor plans.

You will be introduced to the adaptive floor plan via a website and you will be requested to explore 2 floor plans.

You will be asked perform some general way finding tasks and provide your feedback on the overall user experience.

The user studies will take 30‐45 minutes.

Due to COVID‐19 pandemic, this study will be done through the Zoom video conferencing platform.

Once you contact the researchers, they will send you the Explanatory Statement and the Consent Form in an email to provide you all the details about the project and your involvement.

If you are comfortable  with  your  participation,  reply  to  their email  by  stating  that  you  consent  to participate in this research project, and return the filled consent form either electronically or by mail.

For more information, or to request participation in this study, please contact:

  • Dr. Anuradha Madugalla (anu.madugalla@monash.edu)
  • Research Fellow, HumaniSE Lab, Faculty of IT, Monash University

Alcohol & Drug Counselling

August 22nd, 2022 by tperry

Youth Alcohol & Drug Outreach Counsellor on campus

Alana Boyden has commenced work on campus as our new Youth Alcohol and Drug Outreach Counsellor from Link Health.

  • This free service is available for youth aged 12 to 25 years of age who study at Monash. 
  • You do not need a Medicare card to access, it is available for both domestic and international students.
  • Alana is currently working Thursdays at the Clayton campus, but is able to offer telehealth appointments for students studying at other campuses.
  • No referral necessary, contact the University Health Services reception to book Tel: 9905 3175