Autism spectrum disorder diagnosis: while you’re waiting

If you’re put on a waiting list for assessment by autism spectrum disorder (ASD) diagnosis services, it’s important not to see this as a period when nothing happens. If you can, look for other options that help you get an assessment sooner.

Some services will let you start programs and therapies without a diagnosis.

The list below shows government-funded ASD services in your area. There will also be private services available, which will have some out-of-pocket expenses.

Some of these services will only do diagnosis for certain age groups, or for people who live in the local area. Most of them require referrals – for example, from your GP. Some will accept referrals from other professionals who work with your child like teachers.

Australian Capital Territory: diagnosis services

Child Development Service
26 Weingarth Street
Holder ACT 2611
Phone: (02) 6205 1246

New South Wales: diagnosis services

Child Development Services (Tumbatin Clinic)
Sydney Children’s Hospital
Corner of Avoca and Barker Streets
Randwick NSW 2031
Phone: (02) 9382 8189

Child Development Unit, Children’s Hospital at Westmead
Corner of Hawkesbury Road and Hainsworth Street
Westmead NSW 2145
Phone: (02) 9845 2395

Child Development Clinic
Nepean Hospital
PO Box 63
Penrith NSW 2751
Phone: (02) 4734 3166

Child, Infant and Family Tertiary Service
This group provides diagnostic and assessment services for the Southern NSW Local Health District including Goulburn, Moruya, Cooma, Bega, Eden and Queanbeyan.
Locked Bag 15
Goulburn NSW 2580
Phone: (02) 4827 3950

Community Paediatrics
This service covers Bankstown, Camden, Campbelltown, Fairfield, Liverpool, Wollondilly, Bowral and Wingecarribee
Locked Bag 7017
Liverpool NSW 1817
Phone: (02) 8738 4844

Illawarra Shoalhaven Diagnostic and Assessment Service (ISDAS)
Referrals for this service can be made by Paediatricians or Allied Health Professionals.

Kogarah Diagnosis & Assessment
Corner Belgrave Street and Railway Parade
Kogarah NSW 1485
Phone: (02) 9587 2444

Sydney Children’s Community Health Centre
Corner Avoca and Barker Streets
Randwick NSW 2031
Phone: (02) 9382 8189

Northern Territory: diagnosis services

Child and Adolescent Team
266 Trower Road
Casuarina NT 0810
Phone: (08) 8999 4959

Children’s Development Team
258 Trower Road
Casuarina NT 0810
Phone: (08) 8922 7283

Queensland: diagnosis services

Child Development Program
The Child Development Program provides services in several locations across the Greater Brisbane, Redlands, Logan/Beaudesert and Moreton Bay Local Government Areas. Contact the Program by phoning 1300 366 039.

Child Development Service, Cairns
Cairns North Community Health Facility
381 Sheridan Street
Cairns QLD 4870
Phone: (07) 4226 4323

Child Development Service, Townsville
Kirwan Health Campus
138 Thuringowa Drive
Kirwan QLD 4814

Phone: (07) 4433 9000

Gold Coast Health Child Development Service
This service is for families who live in the Gold Coast Health Service catchment area. Contact the service by phoning (07) 5687 9183.

South Australia: diagnosis services

Child Development Unit
South Australia has a statewide number for child development services like ASD diagnosis. Call 1800 003 305 for information on referrals. Individual clinics are also listed below.

Child Development Unit, Women’s and Children’s Hospital
72 King William Road
North Adelaide SA 5006
Phone: (08) 8161 7287

Children’s Assessment Team, Flinders Medical Centre
Flinders Drive
Bedford Park SA 5042
Phone: (08) 8204 4433

Gordon McKay Child Development Unit
GP Plus Healthcare Centre
16 Playford Boulevard
Elizabeth SA 5112
Phone: (08) 7485 4109

Mount Gambier and Districts Health Service
276-300 Wehl Street North
Mt Gambier SA 5290
Phone: (08) 8721 1460

Northern and Regional Paediatric Unit
Port Augusta Hospital
Hospital Road
Port Augusta SA 5700
Phone: (08) 8668 7720

Port Lincoln Hospital and Health Service
Oxford Terrace
Port Lincoln SA 5606
Phone: (08) 8683 2077

Tasmania: diagnosis services

Tasmanian Autism Diagnostic Service (TADS)
This service is based in Hobart but has regular assessment clinics throughout Tasmania.
GPO Box 125
Hobart TAS 7001
Phone: (03) 6166 1100

Victoria: diagnosis services

Alfred Child and Youth Mental Health Service (CYMHS)
2nd Floor, 999 Nepean Highway
Moorabbin VIC 3189
Phone: (03) 8552 0555

Austin CAMHS
Phone: 1300 859 789

Ballarat Infant and Child Community Mental Health Services
Various locations
Phone: 1300 661 323

Barwon CAMHS
Level 1, 131 Myers Street
Geelong VIC 3220
Phone: (03) 4215 8600

Bendigo CAMHS
John Bomford Centre
Corner of Condon and Crook Streets
Strathdale VIC 3550
Phone: (03) 5440 6500

Djerriwarrh Health Service
195-209 Barries Road
Melton VIC 3337
Phone: (03) 9747 7600

Eastern Health Mental Health Program
Clinics in Box Hill, Ringwood, Ferntree Gully and Lilydale
Phone: 1300 721 927

Goulburn Valley CAMHS
Graham Street
Shepparton VIC 3630
Phone: (03) 5832 2160

Moyle Street
Seymour VIC 3660
Phone: (03) 5735 0300

Latrobe Regional Hospital CAMHS
Clinics in Bairnsdale, Korumburra, Traralgon, Orbost, Sale, Warragul and Yarram
Phone: (03) 5128 0100

Monash Children’s Hospital Early in Life Mental Health Service (ELMHS)
Monash Medical Centre
246 Clayton Road
Clayton VIC 3169
Phone: 1300 369 012

North East CAMHS
66-68 Faithful Street
Wangaratta VIC 3677
Phone: (03) 5722 4837

4/155 High Street,
Wodonga VIC 3689
Phone: (02) 6051 7900

Northern Mallee CYMHS
Mildura Base Hospital
Ontario Avenue
Mildura VIC 3500
Phone: (03) 5022 3500

Royal Children’s Hospital Mental Health Service, Autism Assessment Team
50 Flemington Road
Parkville VIC 3052
Phone: (03) 9345 4026

South West Healthcare CAMHS
Koroit Street
Warrnambool VIC 3280
Phone: (03) 5561 9100

Western Health, Children’s Allied Health Services
Sunshine Hospital
St Albans VIC 3021
Phone: (03) 8345 1430

Western Australia: diagnosis services

Child Development Services
Various locations throughout metropolitan Perth
Phone: 1300 551 827