Day 3: Wellbeing Program

2024 Community Summit

Day 3: Wellbeing

Agenda for Day 3: Wellbeing
(all times in AEST)

10.00am - 11.15am:  Keynote Presentation
11.30am - 12.30pm:  Panel Discussion
1:00pm – 2:00pm:  Peer Discussion Groups

Keynote Presentation:
"Autistic Burnout: Resistance and Recovery"

Workplace burnout is well researched, however, when we talk about Autistic Burnout, it’s a different matter. In online realms, we’ve been talking about it amongst ourselves, creating supportive communities of shared experience, blogging, and podcasting and posting on social media. There’s a world of Autistic creators and thinkers, creating resources and content for Autistic people. But outside of the Autistic community, you’re still likely to find a lot of people who don’t know anything about it at all.

This includes most mainstream health professionals, and a lot of other people we might rely on for help when we’re utterly depleted. They may give us advice or treatment that doesn’t meet our needs, they may not recognise or understand what we’re experiencing, and we may not have the ability at such times to explain it to them.

And it includes some of us late-identified folks too. Often burnout hits us before we’ve even come to understand ourselves as Autistic, so there’s often a whole other level of difficulty in working out what’s going on, identifying what we need, and finding ways to access supports that are helpful.

Recently, Autistic-led research teams have published some groundbreaking academic research articles about Autistic Burnout. I’ll share some research in this presentation, highlighting the skills and hard-won knowledge of lived-experience experts.

One common viewpoint I’ve heard consistently, from Autistic folks, is that the thing they’ve found most helpful in dealing with burnout is to connect with neurokin, to share our experiences and ideas, our same-stories, and our strategies for getting through the hard times. By standing in solidarity with one another like this, we can change lives. We can even save lives.

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Always was, always will be Aboriginal land.

The Reframing Autism team would like to acknowledge the Traditional Owners of the lands on which we have the privilege to learn, work, and grow. Whilst we gather on many different parts of this Country, the RA team walk on the land of the Amangu, Awabakal, Bindjareb, Birpai, Whadjak, Wiradjuri and Yugambeh peoples.

We are committed to honouring the rich culture of the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples of this Country, and the diversity and learning opportunities with which they provide us. We extend our gratitude and respect to all Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples, and to all Elders past and present, for their wisdom, their resilience, and for helping this Country to heal.

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