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AQ Mackay

Our specialist therapy and teaching team deliver services for autistic children, adolescents and adults living in the Mackay-Whitsundays region and the surrounding areas. AQ Mackay is located at the John Villager Centre of Excellence in East Mackay.

This service was made possible thanks to the financial support of The John Villiers Trust, in conjunction with funding provided by the Department of Communities – Disability Services. John Villiers was a lifelong member of Autism Queensland and emphasised the importance of accessibility of services in regional Queensland.

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Please note that fees apply to AQ services and supports.

Where are we?


AQ Mackay
The John Villiers Centre of Excellence Mackay-Whitsunday
10 Macrossan Street, East Mackay QLD 4740

Located in the coastal eastern suburbs of Mackay, AQ offers various services and supports for autistic people of all ages, including; Allied Health & Diagnostic Assessments, Individual Therapy, Specialist Behaviour Support, Therapy Groups, autism-specific Kindi groups, parent and professional education, telepractice services and more (see below for further details).

Contact Info

Phone: 07 4841 8300

Our Services & Supports

We are the State’s peak autism body, providing a comprehensive selection of education, therapy and support services to assist autistic children and adults, their families, carers and others supporting and working with them. See following overview of services and supports available at Mackay:

Behaviour Supports

Positive Behaviour Support looks to decrease behaviours of concern and increase the person’s quality of life.

AQ’s Behaviour Support Service consists of a functional behaviour assessment, recommendations of preventative, proactive and reactive strategies, including any assessment of restrictive practices, the training of staff and carers in how to implement the plan.


Consultancy & Advisory Services

Inclusion Consultancy Services

Our helpful and experienced autism specialists can partner with you and your teams to provide expert guidance around developing inclusive and innovative spaces/activities that are accessible to everyone. Available consultancy services include:

  • Early Childhood Inclusion Services
  • School Autism Consultancy Inclusion Services
  • Community & Corporate Organisation Inclusion Services


School Advisory Service

AQ’s School Advisory Service takes place at schools (face-to-face or online) across Queensland and aims to provide information, advice, support and individualised strategies to support the educational outcomes of children with ASD.


Diagnostic Assessments

AQ has a multidisciplinary team of psychologists, speech pathologists and occupational therapists who are qualified to conduct a range of assessments with children, adolescents and adults for diagnostic and other purposes.

Assessments include:

  • Child & Adolescent Diagnostic Assessment
  • Adult Diagnostic Assessment
  • ADOS-2 (as requested by medical specialist)
  • Other assessments (occupational therapy, speech pathology, etc).


EarlyAQtion Childhood Services & Kindi

Early diagnosis followed by structured, individualised services can make a significant difference in the lives of young children on the autism spectrum.

AQ offers a range of early childhood services for young autistic children (age 0-7) developed and delivered by therapy and education professionals with expertise in autism, they focus on key elements including behaviour, developmental and social skills and family-based interventions to meet the needs of children and their families.

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Individual Therapy

AQ delivers face to face speech pathology, occupational therapy & psychology* services for all ages from our centres across Queensland, and statewide through telepractice.

Our practitioners have a broad range of experience, skills and additional certifications to best cater to the individual needs of the person accessing their services.

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Professional Development & Parent Education

AQ delivers autism-focused workshops, webinars, and specialised training services for a range of audiences including:
  • Parents & carers
  • Therapists, support workers, consultants
  • Educators, teacher aides, teachers, school staff
  • OHSC & Vacation Care staff and others.
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Telepractice Services

AQ offers services via online conference, or what we refer to as “Telepractice” with our speech pathologists, occupational therapists and psychologists.

They are easy to navigate, and allow for interaction in many ways, such as:

  • Live via interaction with ability to immediately share documents, videos and other resources
  • Online visual cues or playing online games using a shared screen
  • Working on documents or forms in real time
  • Parent/carer training and coaching.
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Therapy Groups

AQ offers a range of evidence-informed therapy groups for autistic children, adolescents and adults. These groups are developed and delivered by a team of therapy and education professionals with expertise in autism.

Our therapy groups focus on individual goals of the participant and their families and highlight areas of concern including behaviour, developmental and social participation, motor skills, transitioning to school, making friends, anxiety, daily living activities and independent lifestyles.

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More AQ Centres

Autism Queensland supports autistic children, adolescents and adults state-wide across Queensland. Our other centres can be found in South-East Queensland, Central Queensland and Far North Queensland.

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