Health and wellbeing

Our health and wellbeing research program is aimed at identifying factors that enable all autistic people to live long, healthy and happy lives. We achieve this through advocacy and policy development, academic research, and collaborating and working with autistic people.

Research theme leader: Dr Darren Hedley

Researchers: Katy Unwin, Simon Bury, Cheryl Dissanayake, Amanda Richdale, Lauren Lawson,

We have trained the workforce to better support the health and wellbeing needs of autistic workers, developed suicide prevention tools and education programs, delivered training to allied health professionals, and conducted research in the areas of anxiety, depression, sleep, and suicide prevention.

We recognise that the high rate of suicide and co-occurring health and other conditions makes the autistic community a priority group for policies that improve access to high quality allied healthcare delivered by a trained and experienced workforce. This work needs to be underpinned by high quality research that meets the priorities and goals of autistic people.


How do resilience and coping strategies influence the mental health and well-being of autistic adults?

Read the online presentation below based on recent OTARC research by PhD candidate Melanie Muniandy and colleagues.