The Prevalence of Autism in Australia. Can it be established from existing data? Williams, Katrina en_US MacDermott, Sarah en_US Ridley, Greta en_US Glasson, Emma J. en_US Wray, John A en_US 2021-11-25T12:46:05Z 2021-11-25T12:46:05Z 2008 en_US
dc.description.abstract Aim: To assess whether existing data collection mechanisms can provide accurate and sufficient information about the prevalence of autism in Australia. Methods: Summary data about the number of children aged 0-16 years known to have an autism spectrum disorder (ASD) were gathered from State and Territory health, disability, education sources and autism associations. Summary data were also provided by national sources. Initial contact was made by letter, and follow-up was undertaken by telephone or email. Results: For the years 2003-2004, the estimated prevalence of autism for 6- to 12-year-olds ranged from 9.6 to 40.8/10 000 for the State and Territory data, and from 12.1 to 35.7/10 000 for the national data. There was a similar variation in prevalence estimates for children aged 0-5 and 13-16 years. There was also a variation in prevalence estimates between age groups. Conclusion: Inconsistencies in autism prevalence estimates calculated from existing data sources suggest that further efforts are needed to ensure the collection of reliable information about the prevalence of ASD for national, State and Territory use. Existing data systems need to be improved or additional data systems need to be developed to ensure the collection of reliable information. Reliable and consistent ASD prevalence data would ensure that services are being provided to those who need them and would enhance the opportunities to undertake meaningful population-based research. en_US
dc.identifier.issn 1034-4810 en_US
dc.language English
dc.language.iso EN en_US
dc.rights CC BY-NC-ND 3.0 en_US
dc.rights.uri en_US
dc.source Legacy MARC en_US
dc.subject.other Autism spectrum disorders en_US
dc.subject.other Autism en_US
dc.subject.other Asperger disorder en_US
dc.subject.other Pervasive developmental disorder – not otherwise specified en_US
dc.subject.other prevalence en_US
dc.subject.other data collection en_US
dc.title The Prevalence of Autism in Australia. Can it be established from existing data? en_US
dc.type Journal Article en
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unsw.relation.faculty Medicine & Health
unsw.relation.ispartofissue 9 en_US
unsw.relation.ispartofjournal Journal of Paediatrics and Child Health en_US
unsw.relation.ispartofpagefrompageto 504-510 en_US
unsw.relation.ispartofvolume 44 en_US
unsw.relation.originalPublicationAffiliation Williams, Katrina, Women's & Children's Health, Faculty of Medicine, UNSW en_US
unsw.relation.originalPublicationAffiliation MacDermott, Sarah en_US
unsw.relation.originalPublicationAffiliation Ridley, Greta en_US
unsw.relation.originalPublicationAffiliation Glasson, Emma J. en_US
unsw.relation.originalPublicationAffiliation Wray, John A en_US School of Women's & Children's Health *
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