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Hairdo blues

Thursday, 4th April, 2013

Child and Family Health staff (from left) Sonja Boyce, Julie Roberts, Donna Gers, Di Johnson, Cary Rogers and Rowena McDonald went bright blue for Autism Awareness Day Child and Family Health staff (from left) Sonja Boyce, Julie Roberts, Donna Gers, Di Johnson, Cary Rogers and Rowena McDonald went bright blue for Autism Awareness Day

By Emily Roberts

The Child and Family Health Centre has celebrated Autism Awareness Day by turning blue.

Child and Family Health Centre Manager Dianne Johnson said autism was now a common disorder.

"Autism is more common than people realise. One in 160 children in Australia have autism," Mrs Johnson said.

"To provide a child with autism the best opportunity, they need to be diagnosed early and provided with early intervention that is appropriate with their needs."

"Light it up blue" was the theme of Autism Awareness day and the staff at Child and Family Health happily joined in by donning blue wigs and decorating a feature wall with information about the disorder.

"Nationally and world wide, buildings were lit up blue for the day," Ms Johnson said.

"The day is really about raising awareness. All the staff were happy to participate and we will leave our information display up for the rest of the month."

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