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Improving Health Outcomes for Autistic People

We are excited to be conducting a project to improve the knowledge and skills of health professionals and ensure all individuals with Autism have fair access to health care services. This will include primary health care, allied health care, oral health care and mental health care.

This project is supported by the Department of Communities.

As part of the project, we are seeking participants to share their experiences with health care and to join our co-design team. 

What is the project about?

The project aims to: 

  • Build the capacity and health literacy of people with Autism and other complex communication needs, and 
  • Build the capacity of health professionals to deliver quality health services to Autistic people.  

Who can take part? 

We will be working with individuals with Autism, their families and caregivers, health professionals and peak bodies to co-develop resources, training and professional development packages, and new service delivery models. 

Participants must be:  

  • An individual with Autism, a family member or caregiver, or a health professional. 
  • Aged 16 years or older. 

Individuals can take part in a way that suits them, such as: 

  • Joining the co-design team. 
  • Completing online surveys or questionnaires. 
  • Sending a video or written submission. 
  • Participating in focus groups, workshops, or individual interviews. 

Register your interest here

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Perth Children’s Hospital Emergency Department

Good health care in hospitals and other health care services is not just about treating an illness. It is about making sure that patients are cared for and feel safe and confident in the quality of their care. Finding out about patients’ experiences can help hospitals and healthcare services to improve the care they provide. 

In collaboration with Perth Children’s Hospital, we are conducting a survey to better understand the experiences of children with Autism and their families who have attended the Emergency Department (ED) at Perth Children’s Hospital (PCH). 
The aims of the survey are: 

  • To find out the most effective ways for families to prepare for a trip to PCH ED and engage optimally with the services available. 
  • To better understand from parents what is working well or could be improved in the services provided to your child with Autism at Perth Children’s Hospital Emergency Department. 
  • To understand what ‘good care’ means to parents and patients with Autism and exactly what they experienced during their care in hospital. 
  • Find out what improvements could be made that will make a significant difference to patients with Autism and their families.

Click here to take the survey


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