Investigating diagnostic practices of autism in Australia

This project was undertaken to investigate the diagnostic practices of autism and their reliability in Australia. With no established biomarker for autism, a ‘gold standard’ diagnosis relies on a best estimate’ clinical judgement, based on the behavioural presentation of the individual. However, the variability in early autism symptoms, and the considerable behavioural overlap with other developmental disorders, means that an autism diagnosis is a complex undertaking. The task of providing an autism diagnosis in Australia is further complicated by significant variability in assessment process between clinicians and between states.
Project Leader(s)
  • , University of Western Australia
Project code
1.021RS