National Guidelines & Standards

I don’t know about you, but I have a hard time staying on top of the national guidelines and standards that are published or progressing through consultation.  

Here’s a Quick Reference Guide to some that are particularly relevant for child develoopment.


30 July 2022 by AADPA.


Launched 16 February 2023 by the AutismCRC.

Published 9 December 2020 by the AutismCRC.

Childhood-onset Heart Disease

Public consultation on the second draft closed in December 2022.  The guidelines are expected to be published in mid-2023 (according to the website).

In 2019 the Minister of Health, the Hon Greg Hunt MP, launched the National Strategic Action Plan for Childhood Heart Disease and committed funding to help implement its recommendations. This included developing nationally agreed Standards of Care for CoHD.5 The standards were recommended to inform the development and provision of high-quality, seamless, patient-centric and lifelong care for all Australians impacted by CoHD.

Eating Disorders

Published March 2023 by the the National Eating Disorders Collaboration (NEDC).

The NEDC commissioned Eating Disorders Neurodiversity Australia (EDNA) to write a report that synthesises research and lived experience evidence regarding the prevention, early identification and treatment of eating disorders and disordered eating for neurodivergent people.  This report aims to encourage collaboration among stakeholders to co-produce and co-design appropriate, effective, culturally valid, and safe neuro-dveristy-affirming support systems and care pathways.  It is designed for the use of a wide range of stakeholders, especially health care professionals (e.g., psychiatrists, psychologists, dietitians, general practitioners, paediatricians, occupational therapists), researchers, academics, educators (e.g. teachers), service managers and lived experience experts.