What is Neurodiversity?

The Neurodiversity model of autism was originated by autistic advocate and author, Judy Singer, in response to the dehumanising and pathologising model used in much of medical and psychological practice. It asserts that Autism is a part of natural neurodiversity and...

10 Things ER Staffers Should Know About Autism

An article written by a friend, Jeanette Purkis – a powerful voice in the Australian Autism Community.A woman on the autism spectrum lists 10 things emergency room staffers should know about autism. Source: 10 Things ER Staffers Should Know About...

A note on language

You may notice, if you know to look for it, that this site refers to ‘autistic people’, rather than ‘people with autism’.  This is a deliberate choice, although it runs counter to the standard practice in health, counselling and educational...

What can I expect at the assessment appointment?

The role of Access Health Autism is to explore with you the things that make healthcare access difficult, frustrating or distressing for you, and to try to find solutions. The clinical nurse consultant who will meet with you is both autistic themselves, and a health...

What is Access Health Autism?

Accessing healthcare services can be frustrating, confusing, or even traumatic when you’re autistic.  Sensory sensitivity, complexities in communication, and previous history of interactions with medical and other healthcare professionals can make the experience...