2012 Annual General Meeting

ASfAR Annual General Meeting

7 December 2012, Macquarie University

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ASfAR Conference delegates including outgoing interim committee members


Report from the Interim Chair, Deb Keen

Treasurer/Member Report, Cheryl Dissanayake

Currently 165 members

$6,000 in bank 

Election of Office Bearers for 2013

Ratification of nominated office bearers:

  • Chair – Katrina Williams
  • Co-chair – Cheryl Dissanayake
  • Secretary/Treasurer – Trevor Clark
  • Standing Committee Members – Mark Stokes and Deb Keen

Newly elected Chair, Katrina Williams, acknowledged the commitment and hard work of the outgoing Chair, Deb Keen, and the interim Executive Committee.

Guest speaker: Dr Paul Miller, Section Manager, Early Intervention Policy of the Department of Families, Housing, Community Services and Indigenous Affairs, on “FAHCSIA and data sharing for research purposes”.

Overview of presentation:

  • FAHCSIA is exploring better access and usage of FAHCSIA data for research purposes-HCWA and Better Start have a large database of clients.
  • Looking at license arrangement approach to access data by researchers.
  • FAHCSIA also looking at use of administrative data and what kind of uses, type of research questions –e.g., market analysis of fees (HCWA), access to services, trends in diagnosis and utilization patterns of services (timing of expenditure, what types of services, when), CALD and indigenous clients, service access, etc.
  • FAHCSIA would like to collaborate with ASfAR on future use and sharing of data.

Katrina concluded the AGM

  • Thanked Paul for speaking at the AGM.
  • Applauded the efforts of the team who have worked so hard to develop the CRC application and wished them well at their upcoming interview
  • Acknowledged the importance of ASfAR as we gather evidence that is needed to improve the lives of individuals with autism
  • Keen to establish ASfAR working groups that help us to achieve our aims and to involve student researchers at all levels.
  • Multi-site research projects that will improve our ability to prove or disprove important hypotheses are needed
  • Collaboration and a strong, active membership are needed to achieve our aims.

AGM closed at 1pm


The Australasian Society for Autism Research (ASfAR) is a member based organization devoted to advancing knowledge about Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASDs) through research and scholarship.

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