Autism in context 2: Assessment, intervention and services in Australia


  • Conflict of interest: Four of the authors were paid as consultants to complete a report that is cited in this article (reference 19). Two of the authors were paid to develop an approach to good practice that is cited in this article (reference 26). No other conflicts of interest to declare.


Continuing from part 1, part 2 of the autism spectrum disorders review explores clinical practice and service delivery aspects of autism spectrum disorders including current assessment approaches in Australia, family-centred models of care, and key service structure and delivery issues. Treatments including behavioural interventions, established and emergent medication, and complementary and alternative therapies are discussed. The key role of paediatricians as both individual child and family care providers and advocates, as well as agents of service reform in Australia, is evident. Much still needs to be done.