The autism diagnostic process in New Zealand
Previous Autism CRC research found that diagnostic practices for autism in Australia are inconsistent, leading to the development of a guideline for assessment and diagnosis of autism.
This project was a collaboration between Autism New Zealand and the original Australian researchers, with key objectives of:
- determining diagnostic practices for autism in New Zealand, including disparities between individuals being assessed and variations across regions of New Zealand
- determining how individuals on the autism spectrum and their families experience the diagnostic process, including recommendations for further support made at the time of assessment
- laying the foundation for key policy reforms.
Results from this research led to recommendations for improving best practice in the identification, diagnosis, and ongoing supports for people on the autism spectrum.
This project in now complete.
- Kiah Evans, University of Western Australia