Time to end inconsistencies around autism diagnosis

A big step has been taken to end the inconsistency around diagnosing autism in Australia.

The draft report for Australia's first national guidelines for diagnosing autism spectrum disorder (ASD) were released on Thursday after a 12 month consultation process between Autism CRC and the National Disability Insurance Agency (NIDA).

Professor Andrew Whitehouse, Chief Research Officer at Autism CRC says at the moment there is inconsistency between states as to how a child or adult is assessed for having autism.

"The chances and likelihood of a diagnosis differ based on where you are in