The main focus for Awareness Week 2023 was “Tourette Syndrome...What is your First Response?"
The TSAA's objective was to bring some education and information to first responders and improve how they interact with people with Tourette Syndrome. The tag line is also a question aimed at the general public. For many people coming across Tourette Syndrome for the first time, their first response isn't always positive, and we hope to make some changes.
TSAA First Responders Research Report
New research by Tourette Syndrome Association of Australia (TSAA) reveals misconceptions about TS are rife among the general public, but worryingly this also applies to first responders such as police, paramedics, firefighters, and state emergency service workers. While first responders do an excellent job at keeping the population safe, sadly the research shows people living with TS have a shockingly different experience with 24% of people with TS having had a negative experience with a paramedic and 29% having had a negative experience with police.
Read more in our Research Report: TS AW 2023 - Research Booklet.pdf