A suite of best-practice resources developed by Autism CRC, with input from autistic people, parents, practitioners and other experts, is now available.

The new eLearning resources not only build the capacity of practitioners to deliver the best evidence-based services and supports, but also allows families and carers to make informed choices. Part of Autism CRC’s remit is to assist the government to develop the National Autism Strategy.

Social Services Minister Amanda Rishworth said the resources deliver on a key action outlined in the Draft National Autism Strategy, which was launched for public consultation earlier this month.

“Autistic people tell us that they want services and supports to be evidence-based and to be confident they have comprehensive access to the latest information,” she said. “These resources will support practitioners, autistic people, and their families, through the often, overwhelming stages of identification, assessment, diagnosis, support and decision-making.”

The resources are based on the National Guideline for supporting the learning, participation, and wellbeing of autistic children and their families in Australia. These include an eLearning short course on guideline-based practice, resources for use in pre-service education and training, and resources to help guide individuals and families in planning and managing their journey.

An updated set of evidence based, best-practice guidelines of the second edition of the National Guideline for the assessment and diagnosis of autism in Australia, first released in 2018, has been released.

The updated guideline includes more accessible and neurodiversity-affirming language that incorporates the latest evidence-based practice recommendations and promotes greater flexibility throughout the assessment and diagnosis process. 

More information on the National Autism Strategy is available on the Department of Social Services website. You can have your say and make a submission by May 31 via DSS Engage.

More information about Autism CRC’s new resources is available on www.autismcrc.com.au.