Position statements and submissions
Autism Spectrum Disorder - Diagnosis Guidelines (Australia)
The NBPSA is keen to work with agencies on ensuring the Guideline can be used to bring real benefits to children and young people.
The Autism Cooperative Research Centre was commissioned by the National Disability Insurance Agency to develop the Guideline. NBPSA supports the need to improve consistency in the diagnosis of Autism Spectrum Disorder in Australia. We made a number of recommendations to ensure guideline reflects a clinically sound approach to the diagnostic process for Autism Spectrum Disorder.
Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder
The Australian Department of Health sough advice about including Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder in the Medical Benefits Schedule funding. While expert clinical consensus does not support the use of diagnosis specific MBS item numbers in neurodevelopmental and behavioural paediatrics, our response supported a change to recognise FASD as an interim measure, pending a systematic review of current MBS item numbers. Further changes are needed to better support sound clinical practice and equitable access to care.