Autism Spectrum Disorder Assessment Clinic

For Patients and Visitors

What is the Service?

This clinic sees children who have not yet started school to determine whether they have an Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD). The clinic is for children when it is unclear if they have ASD or another diagnosis.

When a child has many signs of ASD their usual Paediatrician can sometimes diagnose the child with ASD and the child does not need to come to this clinic.

What can I expect from the service?

The assessment team usually includes a Paediatrician and two allied health professionals (i.e., Speech Pathologist, Psychologist, Occupational Therapist)but we cannot guarantee what professionals will be in the assessment.

The assessment process usually involves two appointments over two weeks but depends on what the child needs.

There is no one test that can diagnose ASD. You will be asked lots of questions about your child and a professional will complete some activities with your child.

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

Once the assessment is complete, you will be given the results and some information about how to help your child. A report will be written for you in the weeks after the assessment.

What do I bring/need for my appointment?

Children need to have a report or letter from a Paediatrician and an 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

It is a free service for Medicare patients.

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). We cannot accommodate requests for specific disciplines to be involved in the assessment.

Inclusion criteria:

NASDAC is for children living within the Northern catchment area

NASDAC is for children prior to commencing school (children will only be accepted on to the waiting list if they are likely to be seen prior to commencing school; please contact us for approximate waiting times).

NASDAC uses Medicare options for ASD assessment. We cannot accept children who have already been billed for ASD assessment  through Medicare (e.g. Item 135). Medicare eligible patients will not incur out of pocket expenses.

How to Refer:
Referrals are accepted from Paediatricians . The NASDAC Referral Form must be complete to refer to NASDAC.

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