A New National Guideline for Autism
As of 2018, Australia has its first national guideline for the assessment and diagnosis of autism spectrum disorder.
Developed by Autism CRC in cooperation with the National Disability Insurance Agency (NDIA), the guideline offers a step-by-step process to conducting comprehensive assessments and supporting individual needs of the client.
The guideline aims to create greater consistency in autism assessment and diagnostic practices across the country to ensure that all individuals and their families can receive optimal clinical care. It also it worth noting that the 76 recommendations included in the document have been approved by the National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC), an internationally recognized body representing extensive medical knowledge and best practice.
Autism diagnoses have, to date, been challenging as autism can present in a variation of ways across development, gender can impact the ‘reading’ and understanding of symptomology, and the wide spectrum in autism can overlap with other conditions. In addition, clinicians have varying skill levels and experience, and there can be variations in practice across Australian states and territories.
Thus, having a unified guideline can help eliminate misinformation and inconsistencies.
To obtain a copy of the national guideline, visit www.autismcrc.com.au/national-guideline.