Autism Spectrum Australia

Specialist & Medical Services

In this section you will find a number of Specialist/Medical services FAQs along with their respective answers and links to other useful resources.

 

Questions

1. Where can I find a Paediatrician?

2. Where can I find a Psychiatrist?

3. Where can I find a Psychologist / Speech Therapist / Occupational Therapist / Social worker?

4. Where can I go to find out about respite care?

 

Can't find what you are looking for? Please contact Aspect customer service on:

1800 277 328 or email us at: customerservice@autismspectrum.org.au

 

Answers

1. Where can I find a Paediatrician?

If you suspect that your child may have an Autism, it is important that you consult with a qualified medical professional. This would be your General Practitioner in the first instance.

Many families who have a child with a disability or developmental delay find it helpful to regularly see a paediatrician. Paediatricians are doctors who specialise in caring for children. They understand about the nature, severity, long-term outlook and causes of disability in children, and they manage any complications that may arise.

Access to paediatricians is via referral from your local GP.

If you require further assistance, please contact Aspect customer service on 1800 277 328. 

Useful links:

Raising Children Network (The Australian Parenting Website)

The Royal Australasian College of Physicians (Paediatrics & Child Health Division)

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2. Where can I find a Psychiatrist / Child Psychiatrist?

If you suspect that your child may have an Autism, it is important that you consultant with a qualified medical professional. This would be your General Practitioner in the first instance.

Many families who have a child with a disability or developmental delay (and also some adults) find it helpful to regularly see a child psychiatrist (or psychiatrist). Psychiatrists are doctors who specialise in mental health. They understand about the nature, severity, long-term outlook and causes of mental health problems in children & adults, and they manage any complications that may arise.

Access to psychiatrists is via referral from your local GP.

If you require further assistance, please contact Aspect customer service on 1800 277 328.

Useful links:

Raising Children Network (The Australian Parenting Website)

The Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Psychiatrists

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3. Where can I find a Psychologist / Speech Therapist / Occupational Therapist / Social worker?

If you suspect that your child may have an Autism, it is important that you consultant with a qualified medical professional. This would be your General Practitioner in the first instance. They will often refer you to a specialist medical practitioner such as a paediatrician.

Many families who have a child with a disability or developmental delay (and also some adults) find it helpful to regularly see a specialist provider of services for ongoing assistance and / or assessment.

Aspect provide a number of specialist services which include:

  • Family Initiatives
  • Diagnostic Assessment Service
  • Early Intervention - Building Blocks
  • Schools for children with Autism
  • Educational Outreach
  • Research
  • Behaviour Intervention Service
  • Behaviour Support
  • Recipe for Success - Parent training for challenging behaviour (across NSW)

To find out more information, please contact Aspect customer service on: 1800 277 328.

Alternatively, to locate a provider in your area, please click on the following link:

Therapy Choices

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4. Where can I go to find out about respite care?

The Commonwealth Respite & Carelink Centres provide a link to a wide range of community, aged care and support services available locally or across Australia, Centres provide information about services for older people, people with a disability, and those who provide care. Centres can also help carers with options to take a break through short-term and emergency respite services (based on assessed need). They can also provide advice and coordinate access to respite services in a carer’s local area.

Call your nearest Commonwealth Respite and Carelink Centre on 1800 052 222.

Commonwealth Respite and Carelink Centres (CCRCs)

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Specialist & Medical Services