Assessment, Diagnosis and Health Professionals

Assessment & Diagnosis

Amaze (autism Victoria) information: http://www.amaze.org.au/discover/about-autism-spectrum-disorder/assessment-diagnosis/

Raising Children Network information: http://raisingchildren.net.au/articles/autism_spectrum_disorder_diagnosis.html

Grampians Psychiatric Services – Infant, Child & Adolescent Mental Health Services (ICAMHS)

ICAMHS is a free service provided across the Grampians region which helps young people (0-18 years) with emotional, social, behavioural and developmental problems. A referral specifically for the purpose of Autism assessment requires a referral from a paediatrician.

ICAMHS provides individual work / group work / parent work / case management / medication review / behavioural advice and also works with schools  the Department of Education.

The Grampians Region Autism Assessment & Diagnostic Team is a division of ICAMHS. This service assesses children and adolescents, under the age of 18 years, whose parents, teachers or doctors are concerned that they may have an autism spectrum disorder (ASD). The children have difficulties in the areas of speech and language development, play and social interaction.

The team offers a multidisciplinary assessment involving a team of skilled and experienced professionals including a Psychologist and/or Paediatrician. The assessment is a process of gathering information about the child and family including testing, interviews and observations which include:

  • an interview with parents about their concerns, expectations and family background
  • a 90 minute child assessment which can  be observed by parents and other professionals
  • a discussion with other people working with the child such as therapists and teachers who know the child well

The assessment ends with a discussion centred on the child’s special needs, strengths and options for future services. A report is sent to parents/carers and relevant others according to parents wishes.

To assist the team, parents are encouraged to bring additional information, such as school reports, assessment reports or medical letters. In some cases children will be referred to preliminary paediatric and/or psychological assessment prior to the team assessment.

Referrals are made to:

Coordinator
Autism Spectrum Disorder Assessment & Diagnostic Program
Infant, Child & Adolescent Mental Health Services
P.O. Box 577
Ballarat, Victoria, 3353
Phone: (03) 5320 4100

Private assessments

Some families prefer to utilise the services of a private clinical psychologist experienced in ASD for an assessment.

For more information on private assessment contact Autism Victoria for details of private practitioners and teams who conduct ASD assessments on a fee for service basis. For adults seeking an assessment this is usually the only option.  For more information contact Amaze (Autism Victoria) on (03) 9885 0533 or email info@amaze.org.au.

Regional Doctors

Local Paediatricians

Ballarat Paediatric Clinic
1101 Howitt Street, Wendouree, 3355
Phone:  (03) 5339 5200
www.ballaratpaediatricclinic.com.au

Paediatrics Ballarat
1328 Sturt St
Phone: (03) 53271 444
Email: reception@paediatricsballarat.com.au
www.paediatricsballarat.com.au

Therapy Services

Occupational therapy, sensory integration, speech pathology and physiotherapy assessments and programs are provided at:

Ballarat Health Services

Providing assistance to children and adults who have communications disorders.

Occupational Therapy also provides services to children of school age (that may be experiencing learning difficulties, dyspraxia, developmental coordination disorder, autism spectrum disorder, neurological conditions or sensorimotor.

Dependent on client situation, the service may include home assessments, individual therapy or group therapy.

For more information on the services available, please contact (03) 5320 4000.

Continence Support

Continence Support Scheme

Provides a financial package to assist with the costs towards continence products. This can be accessed through the Continence Clinic mentioned above and is available to people aged between 5 and 16 years.

Continence Aides Assistance Scheme

Provides a financial package to assist with the costs towards continence products. This can be accessed through the Continence Clinic mentioned above and is available to people aged between 16 and 64 years.

Please use the following details to contact this service directly:

Clinical Services
Queen Elizabeth Centre
Ascot Street South, Ballarat 3350
Phone: (03) 5320 3795
Fax: 03 5320 3737

The National Continence Helpline is staffed by  a team of continence nurse advisors from Monday to Friday, 8.00am to 8.00pm on 1800 330 066.