Keynote Speakers


Natalie is a Clinical Associate Professor in the Discipline of Paediatrics and Child Health, University of Sydney and Senior Lecturer (Conjoint) at the School of Psychiatry (UNSW). She is also the Head of Child Development Services; Senior Staff Specialist, Child Development Unit at The Children’s Hospital Westmead.

Natalie has over 20 year’s experience working with children and young adults with special needs, their families and schools. Her research career has focused on autism spectrum disorders, ADHD and Fragile X, but she has numerous journal and book chapter publications in many areas of developmental disorders. She is a strong advocate for collaboration on an individual and organizational level and focuses on making intervention and supports meaningful and evidence based. To this end Natalie is on the executive committee of many leading organizations integral to maximizing the potential of individuals living with a disability including the Agency for Clinical Innovation (ACI).

One of the highlights of her career was being part of the establishment of the Centre for Effective Reading, collaboration between The NSW Ministry of Health and Department of Education. It is the adults and professional bodies’ utmost responsibility to maximize the students educational and personal potential while they are in our care, and that demands respectful, meaningful and timeous collaborations.