Applicants for autism advisory groups needed

Are you interested in joining the Altogether Autism advisory groups?

Then this opportunity is for you.

We are seeking Expressions of Interest from people with lived experience and/or expertise in autism for our two advisory groups.

Background

Altogether Autism is a national autism information service contracted by the Ministry of Health and operated in partnership between Life Unlimited and Parent to Parent New Zealand.

The objective of the service is to provide a comprehensive range of advice and information to autistic people, their families, providers of services, and to other interested people. As well as advice regarding services that are available locally and nationally, Altogether Autism is committed to providing comprehensive expert advice founded on evidence based best practice and advice from those with lived experience.

To this end Altogether Autism has established two expert advisory groups known as the Professional Advisory Group and the Consumer Advisory Group.

Purpose and Role

The role of the Professional Advisory Group will be to provide a multidisciplinary perspective and up to date information and opinion regarding best practice in the diagnosis, intervention and provision of services for people with autism.

The role of the Consumer Advisory Group is to provide expertise and input in an advisory capacity to the work of Altogether Autism to ensure that the service remains useful and relevant to people with autism. The focus is on the responsibilities under the existing ASD Information Contract, as well as on developing new opportunities.

Advisory Group Composition

The Professional Advisory Group is comprised of appointed members from a range of disciplines who will have a regular and active role in the group on account of their expertise, knowledge and experience in the field of autism.

The Consumer Advisory Group is comprised of appointed members with lived experience of autism. It consists of autistic people and family/whānau of children with autism. In recognition of the importance of the autistic voice the makeup of the Consumer Advisory Group is a minimum of 60% who identify as autistic.

Summary of Expectations

Both groups will:

  • Respond to information requests within 3 working days
  • Contribute to the Altogether Autism Journal as arranged
  • Contribute to Altogether Autism’s national events as arranged

Ways of working

It is envisaged that face to face meetings of both groups be held from time to time and that regular contact will be maintained between times via phone calls, emails and video or phone conferencing.

Term of Office

  • The ordinary term of appointment will be for two years, with right of renewal for a further two years.
  • Members may resign by the provision of one month’s notice.
  • Members may be terminated by the provision of one month’s notice by Altogether Autism.

Reimbursement

Altogether Autism will pay an honorarium of $1500 (+ GST if registered) per annum for the input provided by advisory group members.

Professional Advisory Group

We are seeking Expressions of Interest from a paediatrician and an education professional to join Altogether Autism’s Professional Advisory Group which already has representation from clinical psychology, psychiatry, speech language therapy and law.

To be considered for the Professional Advisory Group please provide a brief resume in support of your application and send this to

If you have any questions or queries, please contact Jenny Gibbs, Consultant Clinical Psychologist –

Consumer Advisory Group

We are looking for up to four autistic people or family/whānau of autistic people to join Altogether Autism’s Consumer Advisory Group. If you are interested, please complete this survey.

Contact Catherine Trezona, National Manager if you would like more information – .

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