Autism Spectrum Disorder Assessment Clinic

For Patients and Visitors

What is the Service?

This clinic sees preschool children with developmental concerns to determine whether they have an Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD).

What can I expect from the service?

The assessment team unusually includes a Paediatrician and two allied health professionals (i.e. Speech Pathologist, Psychologist, Occupational Therapist). We cannot accommodate requests for specific disciplines to be involved in the assessment.

There is no one test that can diagnose ASD. The team will ask you lots of questions about your child and they will complete some activities with them.

With your permission, the team may collect information from other people that know your child well (e.g. kinder teacher).

The assessment process usually involves two appointments over two weeks.

Once the assessment is complete, the team will tell you the outcome and give you some information about how to help your child. The team will write a report for you in the weeks after the assessment.

What do I bring/need for my appointment?

Children need to have seen both a Paediatrician and allied health professional (e.g. speech pathologist) before being referred to NASDAC. Children also need to have had a hearing assessment before being referred to NASDAC.

Carers can find the assessment emotional or overwhelming. We encourage two carers to attend but if only one carer is attending, you may want to bring a trusted friend or family member for support.

You will be asked lots of questions about your child’s development. To help you remember, bring some notes about your child’s behaviour including things that your child finds challenging and things your child does well.

Bring your child’s green Maternal and Child Health Book.

Bring any reports or letters about your child (e.g. Paediatrician, Speech Pathology report or hearing test etc.).

Cost

NASDAC uses Medicare options for ASD assessment. Medicare eligible patients will not incur out of pocket expenses.

Contact us

To find out more about NASDAC, contact Northern Health Craigieburn on 8338 3000 or email: NASDAC@nh.org.au

To enquire about your referral:

Contact Community Access Service (CAS)

Email: community.access.helpdesk@nh.org.au

Phone: 9495 3443 (Option 1)

Fax: 9495 3510

For Health Professionals

Service Overview

The clinic is for children where there is diagnostic uncertainty and differential diagnoses will be considered by a team of professionals. The multidisciplinary assessment team includes a Paediatrician and two allied health professionals (i.e. Speech Pathologist, Psychologist, Occupational Therapist).

Inclusion criteria:

NASDAC is for children living within the Northern catchment area

NASDAC is for preschool children (children will only be accepted if they can be seen prior to commencing school; please contact us for approximate waiting times).

NASDAC uses Medicare options for ASD assessment. Medicare eligible patients will not incur out of pocket expenses.

How to Refer:

Referrals are accepted from Paediatricians and Northern Health Allied Health professionals. The NASDAC Referral Form must be complete.

Find the NASDAC Referral Form here

Referral must include:

Attached to the NASDAC Referral Form must be Audiology results, a comprehensive Paediatrician report/letter and an Allied Health report/letter (e.g. Speech Pathologist or Key Worker).

All sections of the Referral Form must be complete or the referral will be rejected. 

Alternative service options:

Amaze can help you locate an Autism Assessment Team in Victoria. You can contact them on 1300 308 699 or email info@amaze.org.au

http://www.amaze.org.au/discover/about-autism-spectrum-disorder/assessment-and-diagnosis/

Children with a history of significant mental health issues may be more suited to a Child and Adolescent / Youth Mental Health Service (CAMHS/CYMHS) team such as:

Austin Health

http://www.austin.org.au/mentalhealth/CYMHS/ASDAP

Royal Children’s Hospital (RCH)

https://www.rch.org.au/mental-health/ 

Children with multiple or complex sensory, medical or developmental needs (i.e. deafness, blindness) may be more suited to the specialist assessment team at RCH. https://www.rch.org.au/autism/ and https://www.rch.org.au/autism/autism_assessment/Autism_assessment_ages_0-6/

Enquiries:

To find out more about NASDAC, contact Northern Health Craigieburn on 8338 3000 or email: NASDAC@nh.org.au

To enquire about your referral:

Contact Community Access Service (CAS):

Email: community.access.helpdesk@nh.org.au

Phone: 9495 3443 (Option 1)

Fax: 9495 3510