GRAEME SIMSION: THE ROSIE RESULT In Conversation with Professor Tony Attwood and Barb Cook @ Brisbane Powerhouse
Feb 19 @ 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm
GRAEME SIMSION: THE ROSIE RESULT In Conversation with Professor Tony Attwood and Barb Cook @ Brisbane Powerhouse


Hilarious and thought-provoking, with a brilliant cast of characters, The Rosie Result is the triumphant final installment of the much-loved and internationally bestselling Rosie trilogy.

Hear internationally bestselling author Graeme Simsion talk about this highly anticipated new novel, in conversation with clinical psychologist Professor Tony Attwood, known worldwide for his knowledge of Aspergers Syndrome. The conversation will be moderated by Barb Cook.

When first published, the quirky story of Don, a middle-aged autistic man’s search for love had a profound impact on people worldwide, and generated a positive discussion of difference and acceptance in society.

The Rosie Result sees Don and Rosie return, managing the twists and turns of everyday life, but this time the problem to solve is how to help their eleven-year-old son, Hudson, make his way in the world. It’ll have you cheering with joy!

Graeme will be signing books after the event, with Riverbend Books selling copies.


Graeme Simsion (Author): Graeme Simsion is the internationally bestselling author of The Rosie ProjectThe Rosie Effect and The Best of Adam Sharp. He also co-authored Two Steps Forward with Anne Buist.

Tony Attwood (Chair): Tony Attwood is well known for sharing his knowledge of Aspergers Syndrome. He has an Honours degree in Psychology from the University of Hull, Masters degree in Clinical Psychology from the University of Surrey and a PhD from the University of London. He is currently adjunct Associate Professor at Griffith University in Queensland. Tony has written several publications on Asperger’s Syndrome. His book, titled Aspergers Syndrome, has now been translated into several languages.

Barb Cook (Moderator): Barb Cook is the editor and co-author of the book, Spectrum Women: Walking to the Beat of Autism, and founder and editor-in-chief of Spectrum Women Magazine. Formally identified on the autism spectrum at the age of 40, she is now a highly committed autism activist. She was awarded a Special Commendation in the 2017 Autism Queensland Creative Futures Awards by the Queensland Governor.


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Neurodiversity & Employment Symposium 31 May 2019 Manly QLD @ Royal Queensland Yacht Squadron
May 31 @ 9:00 am – 4:00 pm

Dyslexia, ADHD & Autism



31st May 2019, 9am to 4pm


Royal Queensland Yacht Squadron, 578 Royal Esplanade, Manly QLD


About the event….

Thriving Now is hosting its inaugural Neurodiversity and Employment Symposium, promoting a positive and productive focus on the strengths that neurodiverse individuals can offer the workplace.

The goal of this symposium is to inform, enlighten and educate attendees from a variety of perspectives. Those of neurodiverse individuals with lived experience of navigating the employment realm, to professional insights and research-based evidence on the benefits of employing and supporting neurodivergent thinkers in the workplace.

This symposium is an invaluable opportunity to understand how employing a neurodiverse workforce will create a more inclusive and diverse team, bringing diversity of thought and knowledge, plus, collectively opening up new pathways for both employer and employee in attaining successful and productive futures.

About the Speakers

Jay Hobbs – Director of Thriving Now

Jay Hobbs is a psychologist and co-creator of Thriving Now based in Brisbane, Australia. Jay has worked with neurodiverse individuals (Dyslexia, ADHD, Autism) and their families for over fifteen years in both Australia and the UK. Jay worked as an Employment Services Manager at Specialisterne, has a Master of Professional Psychology and currently works with Dr. Michelle Garnett and Prof. Tony Attwood. Jay has worked on large employment programs with corporate clients such as HP, SAP and SunPork Farms. Jay is passionate about working with people on the spectrum particularly in the areas of psychology, education and employment.

Tony Attwood

Professor Tony Attwood PhD is an internationally recognised clinical psychologist, educator, and author and co-creator of Thriving Now. Recently featured on ABC’s Australian Story, Tony is one of the world’s foremost authorities on autism. His book Asperger’s Syndrome: A Guide for Parents and Professionals is an international best seller and seminal in the field.

Michelle Garnett

Dr Michelle Garnett PhD is a clinical psychologist and co-creator of Thriving Now and Founder and Director of Minds & Hearts, a clinic specialising in Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD). Michelle has co-authored four books on ASD, including three books with Tony. Her most recent book, Spectrum Women: Walking to the Beat of Autism, was co-authored with Barb Cook and 14 other women on the Spectrum.

Bill Gamack

Chief Executive Officer – EPIC Assist. An accountant by trade, Bill’s career has taken him around the world. He has worked at a major accounting firm in Australia and England, held senior management positions across a range of industries, and spent 7 years in the Middle East.

Bill’s family ties with disability inspire a sustained interest and stake in the disability employment services sector. After connecting with EPIC in Brisbane in 2010, Bill identified a strong shared value system and joined the EPIC Board, before taking on the role of CEO in 2014. Bill is passionate about raising society’s expectations around disability, and believes everyone has the right to work.

Will Attwood

Will Attwood was diagnosed with Asperger’s syndrome during a three-year sentence in prison, and has written the book, Asperger’s Syndrome and Jail : A Survival Guide, to help people with Asperger’s cope with prison, and to provide better understanding for the professionals who work with them.

Jeanette Purkis

Jeanette Purkis is an author, presenter, autism advocate and community leader. Jeanette is the author of six published books on elements of autism and has contributed to a large number of journals, books and websites. Jeanette is a presenter and facilitator and regularly gives keynote presentations including at the 2013 TEDx Canberra conference. Jeanette is a member of a number of committees and reference groups and is has a number of awards for leadership in the community, including the 2016 ACT Volunteer of the Year.

Barb Cook

Formally identified on the autism spectrum along with ADHD and phonological dyslexia at age 40, Barb is editor and co-author of the internationally acclaimed book Spectrum Women: Walking to the Beat of Autism, and editor in chief of Spectrum Women Magazine. Barb is an internationally recognised speaker and writer and was awarded a Special Commendation in the 2017 Autism Queensland Creative Futures Awards by the Queensland Governor. Barb is also currently studying a Master of Autism at the University of Wollongong (Education and Employment), an entrepreneur, and provides workshops, consulting, and mentoring services for the neurodiverse community.

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