Media & Advocacy CV

Yenn Purkis - Abridged disability advocacy CV

Selected articles and posts

  • Article on employment featured on Disability Employment Australia website.
  • Coauthored submission to the United Nations Rapporteur to Australia on violence against women - focussed on violence against Autistic women.
  • Coauthored submission to the United Nations on autism and mental health and women and girls for Yellow Ladybugs.
  • Guest blog post for 2016 She Leads conference.
  • Foreword for Sexuality, Relationships and the Autism Spectrum by Dr Emma Goodall.

Selected presentations


  • Presentation for Autism Explained online autism summit
  • Joint presentation with Professor Trevor Clark on Autistic interests and giftedness
  • Asia Pacific Autism Conference, Singapore
  • Keynote presentation and workshop for Pearson Autism Forum
  • Presentation for Autistic UK event, The Future is Gold
  • Webcast for Disability Leadership institute Call it Out on online bullying
  • 2018

  • Keynote Presentation for Aspect Autism in Education Conference 
  • Webinar presentation for Autistic, LGBTQIA and Proud’ for the I CAN Network
  • Presentation for ACT Law Society, ‘Disability - Equal Before the Law’
  • Keynote presentation for Specialisterne at Westpac Bank HQ for World Autism Day


  • Presentation for PriceWaterhouse Coopers for International Day of People with Disability panel event
  • Presentation for Aspie Round Up symposium, Christchurch, New Zealand
  • Keynote presentation at the Autism West conference (Perth, November)
  • Keynote symposium presentation on mental health and autism at the Fifth Asia Pacific Autism Conference (Sydney)
  • Keynote presentation at the Autism@Work employer conference (Sydney)
  • Presentation on Autism and employment for the Australian Bureau off Statistics
  • Presentation for Canberra Wise Women inclusion event
  • Presented alongside Enabled Employment CEO Jessica May for the Australian Government Department of Education and Training for International Women's Day


  • Seminar on women and girls on the autism spectrum for Griffith University
  • Presentation on intersectionality - disability and gender - at the Australian National University Gender Institute
  • Keynote speaker at Victorian Autism Conference
  • Keynote speaker for Aspect 2016 Autism in Education Conference (Melbourne)

    2015 and earlier

  • Expert panel member at She Leads conference (Canberra)
  • Presentation for Irabina Autism Services with Professor Temple Grandin and Tim Sharp (Melbourne)
  • Invited speaker at Asia Pacific Autism Conference (Brisbane)
  • Guest speaker for 2014 Autism Cooperative Research Centre Symposium (Melbourne)
  • 2008 - Speaking tour of UK to promote Finding a Different Kind of Normal (United Kingdom)

Selected media engagements

Selected awards


  • Finalist in the 2017 NSW/ACCT Regional Achievement and Community Awards


  • Finalist in the 2017 NSW/ACCT Regional Achievement and Community Awards
  • Finalist in 2016 and 2017 ACT Institute of Managers and Leaders Leadership Excellence Award - Community Leader category
  • Finalist in 2017 ACT Woman of the Year awards


  • Nominated for an ACT Australian of the Year award
  • Awarded ACT Volunteer of the Year - Community and Health and ACT Volunteer of the Year (overall - Individual category)
  • Finalist, 2015 Aspect National Recognition Awards, Inspiring Individual category
  • Finalist, 2014 Lifeline ACT Women of Spirit awards (Canberra)
  • 2013 Secretary's Award, Department of Education, Employment and Workplace Relations, for leadership and promoting inclusion for staff with disability

Other activities

  • 2007-2020 Policy Adviser, Australian Public Service
  • Member ACT Disability Justice Strategy Reference Group
  • Presented at launch events for The Rosie Result by Graeme Simsion at The Wheeler Centre (Melbourne) and Harry hartog Bookshop (Canberra)
  • Ambassador for Reframing Autism
  • Member of Community Council for Autistic Adults and other Stakeholders Engaged Together, funded through University of Augusta in the USA
  • Facilitator Jeanette Purkis Women's Group – support group for women and girls with Asperger Syndrome and their mothers
  • Ambassador for: Yellow Ladybugs, Specialisterne, The Autism Cooperative Research Centre and Asperger's Victoria
  • Launched Wayne Herbert's book Anecdotes of a Disabled Gay


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