Aim

The aim of this project is to develop a National Guideline for Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) diagnosis in Australia. The goal is that this National Guideline would define a diagnostic process that is rigorous, accessible, client-centred, clinically acceptable, effective, efficient, and equitable for individuals being assessed for autism.

Have Your Say

Online Submission Study - click here to have your say about the most important considerations to address when developing a National Guideline for the diagnosis of autism spectrum disorder in Australia.

Consultative Workshop Study – click here to find out about upcoming interactive workshops near you, where community members can share ideas and feedback to help develop the National Guideline for the diagnosis of autism spectrum disorder in Australia. Workshops will be held in most capital cities during March – April 2017.

Viewpoint Study – Click here if you are an adolescent or adult on the autism spectrum, or a family member / carer, and you would like to complete a survey about what you think are the most important considerations to address in the National Guideline for the diagnosis of autism spectrum disorder in Australia.

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About This Project

This National Guideline will be developed by a Research Executive, with additional input from a Steering Committee and regular reviews by a Management Committee.  

Autism CRC will undertake the body of work, under a collaboration with the National Disability Insurance Agency (NDIA).  Autism CRC provides the national capacity to develop and deliver evidence-based outcomes through its unique collaboration with the autism community, research organisations, service providers and government.

Following extensive stakeholder engagement and consultation, a draft National Guideline will be reviewed by the National Disability Insurance Agency to ensure that it is aligned with entry requirements for the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS), providing a consistent and integrated pathway for children and adults diagnosed with autism to access therapy and services under the Scheme.

Research Executive:

  • Professor Andrew Whitehouse (Speech Pathologist)
  • Clinical Associate Professor John Wray (Developmental Paediatrician)
  • Professor Margot Prior (Psychologist)
  • Professor Valsamma Eapen (Child Psychiatrist)
  • Dr Kiah Evans (Occupational Therapist)

The Steering Committee will be comprised of:

  • The Research Executive
  • Nominees from a wide range of bodies representing:
    • Consumers / carers
    • Autism organisations
    • Medical professionals
    • Allied health professionals
    • Education professionals

The project will follow four phases:

Review Existing Guidelines and Research Evidence

A thorough review of existing guidelines and research evidence will be conducted internationally to identify all components that may be included in the process of diagnosing ASD. These components will be evaluated in relation to a range of quality criteria.

Seek Input from Key Stakeholders

Input will be obtained from all key stakeholders through interviews, forums and surveys. This input will allow the most important components for diagnosing ASD to be identified. The Steering Committee will provide additional input into this process.

Develop Draft National Guideline with Key Stakeholders

A draft National Guideline will be developed based on findings from the above two phases. This draft document will be revised in response to feedback from the Steering Committee to ensure the perspectives of all key stakeholders are included.

Prepare Final National Guideline

The draft National Guideline will be reviewed by the National Disability Insurance Agency to ensure that it is aligned with entry requirements for the National Disability Insurance Scheme. Revisions will be made as necessary to produce a final National Guideline for ASD Diagnosis in Australia. The National Guideline for ASD Diagnosis in Australia is due for release in September 2017.

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