Shedding light on spectrum disorders

  • Diagnosis of Autism spectrum disorders growing
  • International studies identified a gap in GPs knowledge in this area
  • Pilot educational program established to rectify this

AUTISM spectrum disorder (ASD) is being increasingly diagnosed in Australian children - estimates by Autism Spectrum Australia put the number at one child in every 160.

ASD is an often misunderstood condition, even among health professionals, but Sydney GP Dr James Best is piloting an education program for GP supervisors to change