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Support Groups

A group of people with common experiences or concerns who provide each other with encouragement, comfort, and advice


Gwen Marshall
M: 0409 136 415

The support groups meets on the Third Wednesday of each month from 11.00 am lunch is supplied, quite often followed by a guest speak with time for sharing after, usually finishing approx 2.30pm, Gwen would love to see you.

Where: Parent Room at the Burdekin School.

Cairns Autism Support Group  The purpose of C.A.S.G. is in providing the following with the foremost purpose of the group is supporting each other.

- Access to information, support networks and events to all members.
- A sympathetic environment where issues can be shared and aired without fear of criticism. 
- A forum for visiting professionals of the group's choice, to aid awareness, education and financial support to   the group.
- A positive meeting point for carers and family members, to exchange information and useful ideas, to   promote friendships, understanding and acceptance.


Cairns Autism Queensland Support and Resources. This is a closed group, a safe, private and friendly place to connect with other Autism Families in Far North Qld. Ask questions, get support, share information and resources! This site has a multitude of resources available.

Understood  With the right support, parents can help children unlock their strengths and reach their full potential. With state-of-the-art technology, personalized resources, free daily access to experts, a secure online community, practical tips and more, Understood aims to be that support.

North Queensland Autism Support Group  

  • Providing a strong voice for parents and families affected by Autism Spectrum Disorder
  • Providing support to people and families affected by Autism Spectrum Disorder
  • Raising community awareness of Austism Spectrum Disorder by information sharing

The North Queensland Autism Support Group advocates for better services and support for those affected by Autism. Members are welcome to borrow from our library of books, papers, CDs & videos, about Autism and related disorders, from reputable sources such as Tony Attwood, Wendy Lawson and many others. A monthly newsletter is distributed to members, which has up to date information about local and worldwide Autism news and events.

Social mornings are held on the last Friday of the month at McDonald’s, Aitkenvale, at 10am. While having a cuppa members can share information, ideas and experiences with others who know and understand. The parents in our group have children who range in age from the very young to adults. We also have adults who themselves have been diagnosed with an Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD).

The Adults Group formed in November 2010 which provides an opportunity for adults with an ASD to interact with one another and other community members. Activities have included sausage sizzles, a night out at an eating place, and a mystery night.
For further information, please contact Joyce-Lyn Smith (Ph: 0404 207 948).

The Adolescents' Group began in April 2010 and meet at the Vincent Community Hall, Hodges Crescent, Vincent, once per month on a Sunday afternoon from 2pm to 4pm. Activities have included Pizza evenings, Movie evenings, and a variety of games.
For further information, please contact North Queensland Autism Support Group ( NQASG)

The Sisters’and Brothers’(or Siblings) Group is open to all school age children who have a sister or brother who is on the autism spectrum. Sisters and Brothers meet once a term to renew friendships and to share, through social outings and play, what it means to have a brother or sister with autism. These social outings are often conducted during school vacation periods.
For further information, please contact Kirsty (Ph: 0422 060 425).

Duchenne FoundationSymptoms of DMD usually appear between ages two and five years and may include difficulty: running, jumping, climbing and rising from the floor; frequent falls, enlarged calf muscles, toe walking and delays in language acquisition. The first muscles affected are those around the hips and upper thigh. Weakness gradually progresses to include all skeletal muscles, the muscles of respiration and the heart.