Contact us

General enquiries

Phone: +61 3 9479 2497
Email: otarc@latrobe.edu.au

Olga Tennison Autism Research Centre
School of Psychology and Public Health
La Trobe University
Bundoora, Victoria 3086
Australia

You can find all our researchers and links to their academic profiles on the OTARC staff page.


Professor Cheryl Dissanayake - OTARC Director and Chair

Research program leader of Educational and vocational engagement and participation

Phone: + 61 3 9479 1162
c.dissanayake@latrobe.edu.au


Professor Alison Lane - OTARC Deputy Director

Research program leader of Intervention and supports for individuals and families

a.lane@latrobe.edu.au


Dr Josie Barbaro - Principal Research Fellow

Research program leader of Autism detection and diagnosis

Phone: +61 3 9479 5135
j.barbaro@latrobe.edu.au


Dr Darren Hedley - Senior Research Fellow

Research program leader of Health and wellbeing

Phone: +61 3 9479 3704
D.Hedley@latrobe.edu.au

Event, product or service

This covers requests for promotion of:

  1. Commercially available products and services
  2. Support services/events offered by grassroots or non-profit groups (e.g. support groups or programs run by parents)
  3. Events where attendees have to purchase tickets to attend

As an Australian research centre with a focus on evidence-based supports, OTARC will only consider promoting products and services with a base of solid scientific evidence.

For us to consider your promotion request, please ensure it meets all of the following criteria:

  1. Organisation or individual is located within Australia
  2. Organisation offering the service is a grassroots, advocacy, support or other non-profit organisation
  3. Product or service has a solid evidence base
  4. Product or service targets individuals, support services or families of those with autism, or closely related field

Recruitment for a research study

Studies must have their institution’s Ethics Committee’s approval to recruit.

OTARC prioritises requests for publicising research study recruitment as follows:

  1. Research studies conducted by OTARC researchers and higher degree students
  2. Research studies from other participating institutions in the Autism CRC
  3. Other research studies that align with OTARC’s research program

Please note: we do not publicise recruitment requests from undergraduate students (including Honours)

By appointment only

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If you would like information on this website made available in an alternative format, please contact otarc@latrobe.edu.au.

OTARC complies with The Health Complaints Act, 1 February 2017.  The Act applies to Health Service Providers, and establishes the office of the Health Complaints Commission, who is empowered to handle complaints about health services provided by any organisation or person in Victoria, including both registered and non-registered providers. OTARC is a non-registered provider.

Code of Conduct Obligations:

Must:
  • Provide safe and ethical healthcare;
  • Obtain consent for treatment;
  • Take care to protect consumers from infection;
  • Minimise harm and act appropriately if something goes wrong;
  • Report concerns about other practitioners;
  • Keep appropriate records and comply with privacy laws;
  • Be covered by insurance;
  • Display information about the National Code of Conduct and making a complaint.
  • Mislead consumers about their products, services or qualifications;
  • Put consumers at risk due to any psychical or mental health problems;
  • Practice under the influence of drugs or alcohol;
  • Make false claims about curing serious illnesses such as cancer;
  • Exploit consumers financially; Have inappropriate relationships with consumers;
  • Discourage consumers from seeking other healthcare or refuse to cooperate with other practitioners if they do.
Must not:
  • Mislead consumers about their products, services or qualifications;
  • Put consumers at risk due to any psychical or mental health problems;
  • Practice under the influence of drugs or alcohol;
  • Make false claims about curing serious illnesses such as cancer;
  • Exploit consumers financially; Have inappropriate relationships with consumers;
  • Discourage consumers from seeking other healthcare or refuse to cooperate with other practitioners if they do.

Complaints Process

If you are not satisfied with our service, please contact us.  We take complaints seriously and aim to resolve them quickly and fairly.

If you remain dissatisfied with our response, you may contact the Health Complaints Commissioner (HCC).  The HCC responds to complaints about health services and the handling of health information in Victoria.  Their service is free, confidential and impartial.  To lodge a complaint with the HCC:

Phone 1300 582 113 between 9am and 5pm, Monday to Friday to discuss your complaint.,

or

Online complaint form