Inconsistent autism assessments prompt call for national standards

AUTISM may be overdiagnosed in Australia because of clinicians’ inconsistent and haphazard assessment practices, researchers say.

A survey of 173 practitioners, including paediatricians, psychiatrists and a GP, found only half used a standardised, objective assessment tool in making a diagnosis of autism.

Some children were assessed by a multidisciplinary team, while in other cases the diagnosis of autism was