As a participant in the Cooperative Research Centre (CRC) on Autism, the National Rural Health Alliance welcomed the launch of the Centre at Parliament House on 6 March 2014.
With total funding of $104m the CRC has embarked on an ambitious 8 year program to tackle head-on three of the biggest issues facing people with autism, their families and our communities:
Early, accurate diagnosis: The Autism CRC aims to create an accurate, national, standardised diagnostic tool that enables the right support to be provided at the earliest possible stage.
Education: The CRC will begin its education research with a survey involving all schools across Australia to establish participation rates by people who are affected by the Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) as the basis of future research.
Employment: This program will concentrate on research to improve opportunities for people with ASD to successfully participate in higher education and employment, and identify best practice in physical and mental health management.
In launching the Centre, the Federal Minister for Industry, the Hon Ian Macfarlane, said: “The Australian Government is very pleased to be providing $31 million over the next eight years for the Autism CRC. I’m sure this important research will make a difference to the lives of many people living with autism, and their families.”