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TARA Representatives Attend National Health and Mental Health Community Co-Design Summit

The Autistic Realm Australia (TARA) proudly announces the attendance of its President, Kylieanne Derwent, and Vice President, Anna Cristina, at the National Health and Mental Health Community Co-Design Summit held in Brisbane.

TARA BOARD L-R Marion, Kathy, Kylieanne & Anna. Not pictured Yolande and Tammy

TARA showcased strong representation at the summit, with additional board members attending as independants as well as providing to Autistic attendees through Autism CRC. Members from various organizations, proudly adorned with TARA badges, also participated, affirming their affiliation with The Autistic Realm Australia.

The summit, organized and facilitated by Autism CRC, brought together a diverse array of stakeholders, including Autistics, Autistics representing various organizations and professions together wtih members from the Autism Community, professionals, government officials, and mental health experts.

The summit, marked by its inclusive co-design approach, provided a collaborative platform where participants exchanged ideas and proposed solutions. Autistic attendees underscored the significance of self-advocacy and person-centered approaches in shaping policies and initiatives. Through both in-person and online interactions, attendees highlighted challenges, opportunities, and diverse perspectives within the Autistic community.

Common themes emerged, emphasizing the importance of addressing both physical and mental well-being, recognizing their interconnected nature.

Kylieanne Derwent, newly appointed President of TARA, remarked, "This collaborative approach is essential for addressing the multifaceted needs of the Autistic community."

Autism CRC's meticulous organization ensured an Autistic-friendly environment, fostering collaboration and open dialogue. The summit holds promise in contributing to the development of a comprehensive National Roadmap catering to the unique health and mental health needs of Autistic individuals.

Reflecting on the event, TARA expresses optimism towards inclusivity and a holistic understanding of the challenges faced by the Autistic community. The organization eagerly anticipates the release of the draft strategy for public consultation, confident in its potential to drive positive change.

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