OTARC research

We engage with autistic people and their families, and industry and community organisations to design and execute impactful research across the lifespan.

At OTARC, we focus on research translation (e.g., developing evidence-based tools). We work with other autism research centres and institutes both in Australia and globally.

We also evaluate new methods to support autistic people and their families. We work with our stakeholders in:

  • research development
  • knowledge transfer
  • successful implementation of research findings.

Our four research programs

Detection and diagnosis

Detection and diagnosis

Our research focuses on reducing the age of diagnosis. We do this through increasing knowledge of the early behavioural signs of autism in infancy and toddlerhood.  Through early identification and diagnosis, children can receive supports and services in their early and most critical years.

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Interventions and supports

Interventions and supports

Our research promotes positive developmental outcomes and enhance wellbeing and quality of life of autistic children and their families through the development and evaluation of evidence-based early interventions and supports.

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Educational and vocational engagement

Educational and vocational engagement

Autistic people often experience barriers to completing education and finding and retaining a fulfilling vocation. Our research on barriers and enablers of participation aims to support autistic people to achieve educational and vocational success.

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Health and wellbeing

Health and wellbeing

Through research, advocacy and policy development, and collaboration, we aim to identify factors that enable autistic people and their families to live healthy and happy lives.

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