We work to support all people with Down syndrome to achieve their full potential in all life stages.
We champion the rights of people with Down syndrome to be valued and to take their rightful place in the community.
The Down Syndrome Association of NSW was established in 1980 by parents of young people with Down syndrome. As the children of the founding members grew to adolescence and adulthood, our services extended to all life stages.
We are an enthusiastic team of professionals with expertise in our relevant fields of service provision. Some of us have lived experience with a family member with Down syndrome. We are here to support you – all working together to help our members with Down syndrome achieve their full potential.
Staying Healthy – Understanding the challenges of obesity
Online Health Conference – three sessions Thursday 20 August, Thursday 27 August and Thursday 3 September 2020 from 10am – 12.30pm
Keynote speaker: Professor Katherine Samaras – Endocrinologist, St Vincent’s Hospital and Garvan Institute of Medical Research
Mr Stewart Hayes – Podiatrist at Orthotic Solutions Podiatry Clinics
Ms Carmel DiMarco – Exercise Physiologist at Sydney University
Associate Professor Brendan Yee – Staff Specialist in Respiratory and Sleep Medicine at Royal Prince Alfred Hospital
Ms Katherine Bathgate & Ms Sue Gerbert – Dietitian
Goals of the conference
• To increase knowledge and awareness among family members and professionals of the health issues faced by people with Down syndrome related to obesity and metabolic diseases.
• To assist family members and professionals to be more aware and alert for the signs and symptoms of health issues associated with obesity and metabolic diseases
• To assist family members and professionals with practical strategies to manage health conditions associated with obesity
• To increase the confidence of family members to raise issues and concerns with their health care team
• To assist family members and professionals to advocate and influence change in the health system.