Director’s Report

Director’s Report – Autumn 2017

A belated Happy New Year to all our readers! This is a particularly special year, as La Trobe University turned 50 (as of 8th March, 2017). The event is being marked by a year-long list of activities, and in the midst of submitting applications for grants, I have been attending some of these – I was at the La Trobe Expo hosted in the Queens Hall, Parliament on Wednesday 8th March, and on Wednesday 15th March, I accompanied Mrs Tennison at the 50th Anniversary Campaign Launch Dinner, held at the Regent Plaza Ballroom in Melbourne.

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News from the Margot Prior Wing (ASELCC – Vic) Update – March 2017


2017 is living up to our expectation that it will be a huge year!  Our usual centre-based program is well under way, with the NDIS now facilitating services to several of our children. Working with the NDIS has been somewhat challenging, and we are very fortunate to have the opportunity to “ease” into the NDIS, as our core program is funded by the Department of Social Services through until the end of 2018.  Continue reading

Farewell from Elfriede


After 8 years of very eventful and exciting employment at the Olga Tennison Autism Research Centre, I have finally decided to retire from paid work 3 days a week and start a new, hopefully a quieter, part of my life in 2017. Note, I am saying ‘retire from paid work’, as I hope to continue working for OTARC in a voluntary capacity from time to time, as well as engage in other types of activities, that could be classified as ‘work’.

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Farewell from Lisbeth


I came to work with Professor Cheryl Dissanayake in April 2008 in preparation for the opening of the Olga Tennison Autism Research Centre (OTARC) in June 2008. It was an exciting time as I found my place within the wider La Trobe University community.

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Visitors to the Centre – September to December 2016


Jonathon Dellafield-Butt

Professor Jonathon Delafield–Butt, Senior Lecturer in Early Years at the University of Strathclyde, Glasgow, Scotland, presented at a special OTARC seminar.

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OTARC Folk Out & About – October to December 2016

Prof at MIND, US Davis, USA

7 October

Professor Cheryl Dissanayake visited Stanford University and presented an invited address. She also met with the Stanford Autism Research Group, hosted by Prof Antony Harden, Prof Joachim Hallmayer & Dr Chongying Wang.

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