Autism and ADHD: A slow motion catastrophy

In the 1950s 1 in 25,000 children were diagnosed with Autism.

In 1975 1 in 15,000; in 2000 1 in 2500; in 2012, 1 in 33 children between 5 and 9 were diagnosed in Australia (ABS figures)

Based on trends since 1980, it is estimated that by 2020, this figure will reach 1 in 20 and unless prevented, will reach 1 in 5 by 2030. The incidence of ADHD has already reached 1 in 10 and still rising.

In 2013 the World Health Organisation declared AUTISM their top health priority

With each affected child, parents, siblings and close family will also be adversely affected; so profoundly and in ways that only those who live through it can understand.

The Foundation’s objectives

  • The foundation was formed by a group of health professionals and scientists dedicated to finding the root causes of Autism, and the best prevention and treatment options. We aim to:
  • Conduct research to determine the most cost effective treatment combinations.
  • Conduct research on the impact of Environmental toxins, Dietary and Nutritional factors.
  • Promote effective treatment options for Autism, ADHD and other childhood disorders.
  • Provide advocacy, to change government policy and improve funding for treatment and research.
  • Build a world class treatment and research center for Autism and ADHD.
  • Provide affordable or pro-bono treatment for those in need of services for Autism or ADHD

We need funds to carry out research the Government is not doing. Please make a contribution


We aim to influence Government departments to acknowledge that research indicates that effective treatment for Autism and ADHD require more than stimulant medication and behaviour modification. Alth...Read More


Professionals and scientists on our Scientific Advisory Committee have conducted numerous research projects and published their findings in scientific journals and at conferences. The following is a l...Read More


The cost of treatment for a child with Autism can be prohibitive for most families. For example, some children need the recommended 40 hours of therapy a week, and at an hourly rate of $60, this runs ...Read More


There is ample evidence from clinical practice that certain treatment options seem to give excellent results. For example the combination of the following may offer best treatment practice: Glut...Read More

Treatment Centre

We plan to build a World Class Research and Treatment Centre for Autism, ADHD and Neurodevelopmental disorders, where state of the art treatment is offered. The Centre will run on a non-profit basis w...Read More

Opportunity to participate in Research and Treatment

Does your child have ADHD, or Autism do you suspect he or she might?

If so, your child is invited to participate in a research study. Together with the Behavioural Neurotherapy Clinic, we are conducting an ongoing study investigating the "effect of diet alteration and nutrient supplementation" on the behaviours of children with ADHD and Autism. Your child will be assessed at baseline and every six months using a number of tests, including cognitive functioning (e.g., attention and thinking), brain electrical activity, sleep, behaviour faecal microbiology and gut symptoms and this will help us understand the relationship between diet and nutrition in children with ADHD. This study has been approved by Bellberry Human Research Ethics Committee. For more information, please contact:

Behavioural Neurotherapy Clinic
Ph: (03)9848 9100
Email: reception@adhd.com.au

Research and Treatment

Australian Autism ADHD Foundation

2/314 Manningham Rd Doncaster VIC 3108 Australia
E-mail: info@autism-adhd.org.au

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