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Autism & Mental Health Services Project

This project develops and delivers autism-specific training for mainstream mental health professionals and general practitioners.

Upcoming Training Sessions

These interactive sessions aim to provide General Practitioners (GPs) and Mental Health Practitioners 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 being 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 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.

To register, select your preferred session in the buttons below.

Wednesday 29 September, 6pm-8pm (via Zoom)

Tuesday 12 October, 6pm-8pm (via Zoom)

Download flyer   Customised Workshops

Can’t find a date that suits? Register for session updates here.


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.

To register, select your preferred session in the buttons below.

Download flyer    Customised Workshops

Can’t find a date that suits? 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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