National Indigenous Programs
Early Intervention Indigenous Liaison Office Program
The Early Intervention Indigenous Liaison (EI ILO) Program is a national project hosted by Autism Queensland that aims to raise awareness and understanding of Autism and disability in Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander communities. It is funded by The Department of Social Services.
The program aims are to:
- Raise awareness of disabilities within Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander communities.
- Build relationships with Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander families and communities; and link them with relevant support services.
- Work in collaboration with, and provide cultural perspectives to, disability organisations, NDIS, Carers Australia and other early intervention service providers.
The Indigenous Liaison Team are based at Autism Queensland's office in Acacia Ridge, Brisbane. The team have a national role and work throughout Australia.
Steppin' Up, Steppin' Out
The Steppin’ Up, Steppin’ Out (SUSO) program is an NDIA funded project under the ILC grant stream. SUSO is delivered by the team of Indigenous Liaisons in discrete Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander remote communities in Queensland and the Northern Territory.
The program aims to raise awareness and build understanding of autism to support persons on the spectrum aged 0-25 years and their families to engage in goal setting to increase participation in inclusive communities. The program builds capacity for a community approach to support equity and inclusion through activities such as:
- High-level strategic engagement and collaboration
- Facilitating interagency and intracommunity meetings
- Guiding autism yarns
- Providing community workshops
- Family, adolescent and adult goal setting
- Reflecting upon knowledge and need
The Indigenous Liaison Team are based at Autism Queensland's office in Acacia Ridge, Brisbane.
The Yarning Autism (YA) program is an NDIA funded project under the ILC grant stream. YA is delivered by an Indigenous Liaison to Aboriginal persons on the spectrum aged 0-6 years, their families and communities in the north and north-west of New South Wales from Moree to Bourke.
The program is designed to facilitate discussions about providing inclusive communities and the Indigenous Liaison facilitates yarn ups to guide how communities can best respond to identified needs. This program intends to build capacity of communities to include the views of persons on the spectrum and their families. Persons on the spectrum and their families are invited to participate in goal setting and supported to communicate their aspirations.
The Indigenous Liaison is based at Autism Queensland's office in Acacia Ridge, Brisbane.
For more information:
Teresa Pilbeam, Team Leader National Indigenous Programs
P. 07 3273 0000
Indigenous programs can be contacted directly on firstname.lastname@example.org