Matt Eggleston, Marita Broadstock, Dr. Vijaya Dharan, Matt Frost & Amanda Bleckmann
Matt Eggleston is a consultant child and adolescent psychiatrist who has a particular interest in neurodevelopmental aspects of psychiatry including ADHD, Autism Spectrum Disorders and learning disorders. He works in an outpatient child and adolescent mental health service at the Canterbury DHB. He was a member of the writing team for the NZ Autism Spectrum Guideline and currently chairs the NZ ASD Guideline living guideline group.
Marita Broadstock originally trained in health psychology, conducted programme evaluation and research for 10 years with an emphasis on cancer prevention, tobacco control and coping at the Cancer Council of Victoria and the University of Cambridge. Since 1999, Marita has produced systematic reviews and guidelines for health technology assessment agencies at the Universities of Otago and Canterbury, and the New Zealand Guidelines Group (NZGG). In 2012 Marita established INSiGHT Research Ltd. She manages the living guideline process for the NZ Autism Spectrum Disorder Guideline, and conducts the systematic reviews that inform the Living Guideline Group's updating of Recommendations.
Doctor Vijaya Dharan is a Senior Lecturer at Massey University, Institute of Education, where she is involved in coordinating and teaching postgraduate specialist teacher training in ASD. She is also the programme coordinator for Special and Inclusive Education undergraduate programme. Her research interests are in the field of inclusive education, ASD, emotional and behavioural difficulties and teaching and learning. She is keen that her research activities are centered on being useful to wider communities and support the cause of equity and diversity. While at Victoria University for a couple of years, she was involved with the team that developed and taught in the educational psychology programme. Prior to entering academia, she worked, as a registered psychologist with children and young persons with a range of educational, social and emotional needs for 15 years. During this time she was involved in inter-agency work with governmental and non-governmental organisations.
Matt Frost has an extensive background and interest in the area
Matt was identified as having Autism at 3. As part of his 10 years of professional experience, he worked for 2 years as Policy and Information Researcher for Autism New Zealand. Matt has also undertaken policy and research roles for CCS Disability Action, the New Zealand Disability Support Network and the Ministry of Social Development.
Matt chaired the New Zealand ASD Guideline Implementation Advisory Group and chaired and deputy chaired the ASD Living Guideline Group until recently. Matt is passionate about human rights for all people (especially disabled people). In his spare time Matt enjoys engaging with friends, walking and is passionate about cricket.
Amanda Bleckmann is the Manager of the Family and Community Support Team, Disability Support Services at the Ministry of Health, who oversee the ASD Work Programme.