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Adolescent and Adult Diagnosis

Our new youth diagnostic clinic is now open and able to provide comprehensive Autism Diagnosis to individuals aged 13 to 30 years.

Who is Eligible?

Individuals aged 13 to 30 years inclusive with a developmental profile warranting assessment for Autism.

Why is diagnosis important?

Individuals who are diagnosed with Autism may have access to the support they need to overcome difficulties in education, employment, independent living and quality of life.

What is the Cost?

There is no fee for eligible individuals provided they have a Medicare card and bring it to their appointments.

What is involved in Assessment?

Our assessment process is multi-disciplinary and involves a Psychiatrist, a Psychologist and Speech Pathologist.

Who should attend the Assessment?

The individual must be accompanied by a person who can give an account of the individual’s early childhood development (this is usually a parent, but it can be another family member who knew the person as a child).

What is required prior to an Assessment date?

  • A referral from a GP or Medical Specialist is required 
  • Provide copies of any other diagnostic or relevant medical reports 

How long will the Assessment take?

If an individual meets criteria for assessment, clinic appointments will be established. Assessment will require appointments with the Psychiatrist, Psychologist and Speech Pathologist over a 4 – 5 week period. 

Who should the referral for Assessment be addressed to?

Dr Kelly McKenna-Kerr, Consultant Psychiatrist
Youth Autism Diagnostic Clinic
Autism Association of WA
215 Stubbs Terrace
Shenton Park
WA 6008

Referrals can be emailed to: youthadult.diagnosis@autism.org.au

Click here to download a flyer. 

Meet our Consultant Psychiatrist 

Dr Kelly McKenna-Kerr is a Consultant Psychiatrist with a special interest in Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD). She has been awarded both the CB Kidd Memorial Prize in Psychiatry (UWA)and the prestigious RANZCP Maddison Medallion. Currently she is Clinical Lead of an Autism Spectrum Disorders clinic providing diagnostic assessment to individuals aged 13 and above, based at the Autism Association of Western Australia. She is also currently Clinical Lead of a project funded by the Department of Communities, aimed at identifying and addressing potential barriers to individuals with Autism Spectrum Disorders accessing mainstream mental health services. She has provided psychiatric care to both adults and adolescent youth on the spectrum in a variety of settings, including previously providing a dedicated clinic to clients of the Autism Association of WA presenting with psychiatric comorbidity. She is a member of the RANZCP Special Interest Group in the Psychiatry of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities, and the WA Autism Peer review group.

Please note, all referrals to be made out to Dr Kelly McKenna-Kerr, Consultant Psychiatrist, Autism Association of WA, 215 Stubbs Terrace, Shenton Park WA 6008

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