Health Roadmap Working Group

The Health Roadmap Working Group is developing a roadmap to address the health and mental health inequities experienced by Autistic people. The working group consists of a diverse range of stakeholders, including autistic people and representatives from the autism community.

Role

The role of the Health Roadmap Working Group is to:

  • provide advice and oversee the roadmap’s development
  • ensure roadmap development is conducted in an inclusive way.

The working group is also supporting the National Autism Strategy Oversight Council (established by the Department of Social Services), by focusing on the strategy’s key health and mental health outcomes.

Chair and Deputy Co-chairs

Name

Organisation being represented

Mr Simon Cotterell, Chair

Primary Care Division, Department of Health and Aged Care

Ms Geraldine Robertson, Deputy Co-Chair

Autistic individual member

Dr Melanie Heyworth, Deputy Co-Chair

Autistic individual member

Mr Andrew Davis, Deputy Co-Chair

Autism Cooperative Research Centre

Professor Nick Lennox, Deputy Co-Chair

Senior Medical Advisor, Department of Health and Aged Care

Members

Name

Organisation being represented

Ms Hayley Clapham

Autistic individual member

Dr Jac den Houting

Autistic individual member

Ms Julianne Higgins

Autistic individual member

Dr Lionel Evans

Autistic individual member

Ms Monique Blakemore

Autistic individual member

Dr Wenn B. Lawson

Autistic individual member

Ms Genevieve Brookman

Autistic Self Advocacy Network of Australia and New Zealand

Ms Jenny Karavolos

Australian Autism Alliance

Mr Bob Buckley

Autism Asperger’s Advocacy Australia (A4)

Dr Jodi Lamanna

First People’s Disability Network (FPDN)

Ms Thea Dunkley

National Aboriginal Community Controlled Health Organisation (NACCHO)

Andrea Garcia

National Ethnic Disability Alliance (NEDA)

Ms Donna Blanchard

Australian Advisory Board on Autism

Mr Bill Gye (OAM)

Community Mental Health Australia

Professor Julian Trollor

Department of Developmental Disability Neuropsychiatry (3DN) at UNSW

Associate Professor Darren Hedley

Olga Tennison Autism Research Centre (OTARC)

Professor Dawn Adams

Australasian Society for Autism Research (ASfAR)

Dr Catherine Marraffa (FRACP)

Royal Australasian College of Physicians (RACP)

Dr James Best

Royal Australian College of General Practitioners (RACGP)

TBC

Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Psychiatrists (RANZCP)

Ms Nicole Pates

Allied Health Professionals Australia (AHPA)

Dr Catriona Davis-McCabe

Australian Psychological Society (APS)

Commonwealth Government Representative

Mental Health Division, Department of Health and Aged Care

Commonwealth Government Representative

Disability Support Branch, Department of Social Services

Commonwealth Government Representative

National Disability Insurance Agency

Commonwealth Government Representative

National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) Quality and Safeguards Commission

State/Territory Government Representative

ACT Health Directorate, ACT Government

State/Territory Government Representative

Ministry of Health, NSW Government

State/Territory Government Representative

NT Health, Northern Territory Government

State/Territory Government Representative

Children’s Health Queensland Hospital and Health Service, Queensland Government

State/Territory Government Representative

Queensland Health, Queensland Government

State/Territory Government Representative

Department for Health and Wellbeing, Government of South Australia

State/Territory Government Representative

Department of Health, Victoria State Government

State/Territory Government Representative

Department of Health, Tasmanian Government

State/Territory Government Representative

WA Department of Health, Government of Western Australia

Meetings

The working group will meet over the course of the 2023–24 financial year.

Meeting summaries

Contact

Autism roadmap contact

Contact for the the National Roadmap to Improve the Health and Mental Health of Autistic People
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