Exploring Diagnoses: Neurodiverse Populations

Exploring Diagnoses: Neurodiverse Populations

ESSA Mental Health ASK: Part 1 - Exploring Diagnoses: Mental Health Considerations for Neurodiverse Populations

This unit will explore mental health considerations for Neurodiverse populations. The unit will cover: 
Neurodiverse conditions
Mental illnesses that effect those with neurodiverse conditions
Exercise for those with neurodiverse conditions

Completion of this unit will result in the following learning outcomes: 
Understanding of mental illnesses that impact those with neurodiverse conditions
Knowledge of how to adapt exercise sessions appropriately
This is a pre-record professional development. 

Presented by Lisa Simmons, AEP & Dr Kemi Wright, AES, AEP

Dr Kemi Wright: Dr Kemi Wright is currently a Senior Lecturer in the School of Health Sciences at the University of New South Wales. She previously worked as clinical lead for Fremantle Hospital Mental Health Service, where she was responsible for establishing an exercise servicing pathway for in-patient and outpatient mental health consumers to improve their physical and mental health. Kemi’s research and clinical interests are focused on the role and implementation of exercise for the physiological and/or psychological benefit in special populations including children and youth and mental illness. Kemi is active in professional education space, regularly delivering workshops in Standard Mental Health First Aid and Paediatric Exercise Rehabilitation as part of the Thriving Minds team.

Lisa Simmons: Lisa is an Accredited Exercise Physiology with over 15 years’ experience working in the areas of musculoskeletal rehabilitation, cardiovascular rehabilitation, occupational and vocational rehabilitation, mental health, substance abuse and clinical education. Lisa also completed a Masters in Health and Human Services Management through Deakin University in 2015 and has a keen interest in public health, health promotion, health economics and health service management.

Lisa is the Course Coordinator for the Clinical Exercise Physiology program at James Cook University (JCU) and the Clinic Lead of the JCU Exercise Physiology Clinic and has been successful in the development of key research and placement relationships with surrounding hospitals. These collaborations have led to the successful development of student-led services designed to promote the benefits of exercise interventions in cancer treatment, exercise as an effective therapy in mental health and the importance of exercise in end stage kidney disease. Lisa is currently completing her PHD on evaluating student-led healthcare services.

Rates per person

ESSA Member         $30.00  
Non-Member    $50.00 
ESSA Student Member    $15.00 
Student Non-Member    $25.00 

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Access to Online Activity

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Target Audience

Any Accredited Exercise Scientist, Accredited Exercise Physiologist, Accredited Sports Scientist Level 1, Accredited Sports Scientist Level 2  and/or Accredited High Performance Manager.

This unit is suitable for anyone with an interest in working with those from a neurodiverse population. 


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