Developmental surveillance for autism

This project has the following objectives:

(a) To train a minimum of 400 primary health care professionals on early identification of autism using the SACS-R (100 in each of four catchment areas with approximately 10,000 babies born annually)

(b) To follow-up cases identified as at risk, at 6-monthly intervals in Victoria and Western Australia, until 24 months and at 36 months of age; establish rates of specificity, sensitivity, as well as positive and negative predictive values of the SACS-R approach to early identification.

(c) To establish the barriers and enablers in implementing the SACS-R in Victoria and Western Australia.

(d) To recruit into the Autism Biobank.

Project Leader(s)
  • Cheryl Dissanayake, La Trobe University
Research Program

Early Years - Program 1