New Autism Guidelines Aim to Improve Diagnostics and Access to Services

Prof Andrew Whitehouse

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Prof Andrew Whitehouse

Winthrop Professor, Telethon Kids Institute, University of Western Australia

New Australian autism guidelines, released today, aim to provide a nationally consistent and rigorous standard for how children and adults are assessed and diagnosed with autism, bringing to an end the different processes that currently exist across the country.

There is no established biological marker for all people on the autism spectrum, so diagnosis is not a straightforward task. A diagnosis is based on a clinical judgement of whether a person has autism symptoms, such as social and communication difficulties, and repetitive behaviours and restricted interests. This is an inherently subjective task that depends on the skill and experience of the clinician.

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