How Australia’s first national autism guidelines are going to help

The resource offers doctors 70 best-practice recommendations for assessing and diagnosing autism

New Australian autism guidelines, released this week, 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