Have your say on the future of autism research in Australia

Recruitment closed

You tell us! What do you want autism research to focus on?

The Australasian Autism Research Council (AARC) is inviting autistic people, their families and carers, and other key supporters (teachers, allied health professionals, psychologists) to share their thoughts and experiences to help guide the future of autism research.

In 2019, the AARC identified the top 10 areas for autism researchers to focus on. In 2021, the AARC published a more detailed document on the first five areas, identifying specific questions that research needs to focus on to benefit autistic and autism communities. The AARC is now investigating the other five areas including: 

  • making built environments more accessible
  • choice in housing and living
  • health, disability and education services
  • family and carer support
  • gender, diversity and inclusion. 

Who can participate? 

  • adults who identify as autistic
  • parents, carers, or family members of autistic people 
  • key supporters such as teachers, allied health professionals, psychologists 

What will participation involve?

Participation will involve providing your thoughts and experiences in one of the following ways: 

  • face-to-face focus groups (held in Perth metropolitan area)
  • online discussion groups 
  • one-on-one interviews 

These will be held from 20 July to 11 August 2023. 

If you choose to take part, you will be asked to provide some information about yourself.
This is so we can describe the group of people who shared their perspectives in this research.
Each meeting will only discus one topic. 

Why participate?

  • your valuable input will guide the future of autism research
  • the key findings will be publicly available in a report to help others

How do I get involved?

To express your interest in participating, email Tanya (Research Assistant) on tanya.picen@curtin.edu.au 

After emailing, you will receive a link to a survey for you to fill in your details to help the organisers plan the focus groups, discussion groups and interviews.  

Contact information

For more information, please contact: 

Tanya Picen (Research Assistant)

This Project has been approved by Griffith & Curtin University Ethics Committee (2023/392 & HRE2023-0159).

Funded by Autism CRC, this project has been reviewed by an autistic member of the AARC, and co-produced with autistic researchers.