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Autism & Mental Health Services Project

Autism-specific training for mainstream mental health professionals, mental health organisations, and general practitioners.

These interactive sessions aim to provide participants with the knowledge and skills to deliver support to adolescent and adult clients on the autism spectrum who have co-occurring mental health conditions.

Training will incorporate the nature of co-occurring mental health conditions of people on the spectrum, differential diagnosis of autism and mental health conditions, and adaptations to therapeutic strategies to support their specific needs.

Sessions are developed in collaboration with people on the spectrum, including a consultant with lived experience of autism and mental health conditions, family members and carers, mental health practitioners and general practitioners.

This includes surveying (please see Survey Links further down this page):

  • People on the spectrum (and their families and carers) to learn about their experiences of mental health services; and
  • GPs, mental health practitioners and psychiatrists to identify gaps in practitioner knowledge of autism, to learn about practitioner confidence in delivering services to people on the spectrum, and to meet the diverse discipline-specific needs of practitioners.

Sessions for Mental Health Practitioners

Topics include:

  • An extension of knowledge of Autism Spectrum Disorder and its functional impacts
  • Strategies to accommodate individual differences and improve outcomes
  • Key considerations for assessment and management of mental health for people on the spectrum
  • Mental health treatment modifications for people on the spectrum
  • Case studies to apply knowledge and strategies.

Thursday 11 August 2022                Thursday 25 August 2022
9am-4pm                                             9am-4pm
Online                                                  Online
REGISTER                                            REGISTER 

Friday 9 September 2022               Thursday 22 September 2022       
9am-4pm                                           9am-4pm
AQ Sunnybank Hills                          Online
REGISTER                                           REGISTER

Friday 7 October 2022                    Thursday 20 October 2022       
9am-4pm                                           9am-4pm
Online                                                 AQ Sunnybank Hills
REGISTER                                           REGISTER

Friday 27 October 2022                    
9am-4pm
Online
REGISTER

Dates don’t suit or sessions fully booked? Register for session updates here.

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Sessions for Mental Health Organisations

Topics include:

  • An extension of knowledge of Autism Spectrum Disorder and its functional impacts
  • Strategies to accommodate individual differences and improve outcomes
  • Key considerations for assessment and management of mental health for people on the spectrum
  • Mental health treatment modifications for people on the spectrum
  • Case studies to apply knowledge and strategies.

Sessions available upon request. Please follow the link below for more information.

Customised Workshops


Sessions for General Practitioners

Topics include:

  • An extension of knowledge of Autism Spectrum Disorder and its functional impacts
  • Strategies to accommodate individual differences and improve outcomes
  • Key considerations for assessment and management of mental health for people on the spectrum
  • Case studies to apply knowledge and strategies.

Download flyer   Customised Workshops

Register for session updates here.


Survey Links

Individuals and Family Members

We’d like to hear from Queensland adolescents (from 12 years) and adults who are on the spectrum, and who also have a mental health condition; as well as from family members or carers. You can do this by following the links below and completing the survey that applies to you.

  • To access the survey for people aged 12 years and over, click here.
  • To access the survey for family members/carers of a person on the spectrum, click here.

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Professionals

We’re also seeking feedback from general practitioners, psychiatrists and mental health practitioners about their confidence and experience in supporting people on the spectrum who may have co-occurring mental health conditions.

  • To access the survey for GPs, click here.
  • To access the survey for mental health practitioners, click here.
  • To access the survey for psychiatrists, click here.

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Through this project, adolescents and adults on the spectrum will benefit from improved access to high-quality mental health services that meet their unique needs, as well as improved integration of mainstream mental health and autism-specific services.


Funded by the Australian Government Department of Social Services. Go to www.dss.gov.au for more information.

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