Jeaette Purkis

Patient Leader

I am an autistic author, public speaker and autism advocate an also have a diagnosis of atypical schizophrenia. I work in government administration and have a Masters degree in Visual Arts. I have three - soon to be four - published books on elements of autism. I presented at TEDxCanberra in 2013 and have spoken at many autism events as well as research and health practitioners’ conferences. I have been facilitating a support group for Autistic women since 2011 and host my own internet radio show. I mentor several autistic young women and was named the 2016 ACT Volunteer of the Year and a finalist for the 2017 ACT Woman of the Year award, .I live at Whimsy Manor with my black cat, Mr Kitty


Best in Show: Community Best in Show: Facebook

Jeanette Purkis is an autism advocate who is very active on Facebook. They post a daily meme and regular blog posts. Jeanette's page is a supportive space for discussion of autism and has a broad audience. Jeanette contributes to discussions in autism groups. They also share thought-provoking content from others and aim to foster peer connections.

Past Awards Participation

Sixth Annual WEGO Health Awards


Best in Show: Blog
Jeaette Purkis

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