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diagnoses and advice for autistic children

Subject: Fwd: diagnoses and advice for autistic children
Date: Sat, 9 Jan 2021 12:35:56 +1100
From: Bob Buckley (A4 Convenor) <convenor@a4.org.au>
To: Minister.Hunt@health.gov.au
CC: Chris.Bowen.MP@aph.gov.au, Senator Jordon Steele-John <senator.steele-john@aph.gov.au>, The Hon. Linda Burney MP <Linda.Burney.MP@aph.gov.au>, The Hon. Mr. Shorten MP <Bill.Shorten.MP@aph.gov.au>, The Hon Stuart Robert MP <stuart.robert.mp@aph.gov.au>

Dear The Hon G. Hunt MP

Autism Aspergers Advocacy Australia (A4) recently sent this letter to the organisations below. We are very concerned about delayed diagnosis of autistic children and the consequent long-term detriment this brings for them, their families and the community generally.

rejecting autistic children - NDIS response is especially unhelpful

Subject: Re: NDIS rejecting autistic children
Date: Sat, 9 Jan 2021 11:25:08 +1100
From: Bob Buckley (A4 Convenor) <convenor@a4.org.au>
To: The Hon Stuart Robert MP <stuart.robert.mp@aph.gov.au>, MINISTERIAL <MINISTERIAL@ndis.gov.au>
CC: Hughes, Hollie (Senator) <senator.hughes@aph.gov.au>, senator.griff@aph.gov.au, The Hon. Mr. Shorten MP <Bill.Shorten.MP@aph.gov.au>, Milton.Dick.MP@aph.gov.au, Senator Jordon Steele-John <senator.steele-john@aph.gov.au>, Committee, Autism (SEN) <autism.sen@aph.gov.au>, Senator Carol Brown <senator.carol.brown@aph.gov.au>, Committee, NDIS (SEN) <ndis.sen@aph.gov.au>, senator.siewert@aph.gov.au

Dear Minister

I received the attached response from the NDIS (MC20-002360) on 8/1/2021. The response, from the NDIS on your behalf, refuses to answer legitimate questions (see below) on, or to provide essential information about, the NDIS recognising formal diagnoses of autism spectrum disorder made by state agencies.

letter of protest about ignoring autism and misinformation from the Health Department

Subject: letter of protest about ignoring autism and misinformation from the Health Department
Date: Thu, 7 Jan 2021 17:21:35 +1100
From: Bob Buckley (A4 Convenor) <convenor@a4.org.au>
To: Minister.Hunt@health.gov.au
CC: Chris.Bowen.MP@aph.gov.au, Senator Jordon Steele-John <senator.steele-john@aph.gov.au>

The Hon Greg Hunt MP
PO Box 6022
House of Representatives, Parliament House
Canberra ACT 2600

Dear Minister The Hon Greg Hunt MP

Autism Aspergers Advocacy Australia, known as A4, wrote to you on 11/8/2020 and again on 1/11/2020.

Our initial letter expressed concern that while the Health Department created a "National roadmap for improving the health of Australians with intellectual disability", this "roadmap"  does not address, consider or even recognise the needs of autistic Australians with mental illness.

diagnoses and advice for autistic children

Subject: diagnoses and advice for autistic children
Date: Thu, 7 Jan 2021 08:54:00 +1100
From: Bob Buckley (A4 Convenor) <convenor@a4.org.au>
To: racp@racp.edu.au, paediatrics@markdesouza.net, racgp@racgp.org.au

Dear sir/madam

Autism Aspergers Advocacy Australia, known as A4, represents and advocates for autistic Australians, their families and associates. Autistic Australians are people who are diagnosed with autism spectrum disorder (ASD).

We are concerned that diagnoses and advice autistic children currently get in Australia are often delayed, or are for "developmental delay" instead of ASD.

letter to Prime Minister about inappropriate response from Health Department

Previously, A4 wrote to the Prime Minister about an incident where police were called to a school and a young student was handcuffed. The Prime Minister did not respond.

A4 received a response (MC20-042016) from the federal Health Department to its letter to the Prime Minister.

FoI response from PM&C

A4 sent a Freedom of Information request to the Department of Prime Minister and Cabinet on 24/11/2020

The Department sent its response on 24/12/2020 - see links to the documents below.

Basically, the documents show how little regard the Government has for members of the community, especially the more vulnerable members of the community. The Government's goal was to provide the most minimal response to issues and concerns raised.

PMC FOI/2020/274 - Freedom of information

Subject: Re: FOI/2020/274 - Freedom of information - request for advice concerning your request [SEC=OFFICIAL]
Date: Tue, 15 Dec 2020 15:28:24 +1100
From: Bob Buckley (A4 Convenor) <convenor@a4.org.au>
To: FOI <FOI@pmc.gov.au>

Dear madam/sir

I'm sorry but my email system put the email below into my spam folder. I only found it today when I had a call from your section looking for a response.

I indicated on the telephone that while I received a letter from The Hon Ben Morton MP, Assistant Minister to the Prime Minister and Cabinet, the response did not address the single question asked in out letter. As our original letter highlighted our Unanswered Questions Policy, we are bound to interpret the lack of response accordingly (see https://a4.org.au/node/2288).

belated response from Health representative

A4 wrote to The Hon G. Hunt MP, Minister for Health, on 11/8/2020 about mental health support for autistic Australians. Having not received a reply, A4 wrote again on the 1/11/2020 (see A4's email to the Minister).

A4 received an  email on 8/12/2020 (at 6.22pm) that contained a PDF file of a letter (reference MC20-033766) dated 28/9/2020 (see below). It seems to have taken over 2 months to email this letter to A4.

The letter claims:

unanswered question about the Government's war on autistic Australians

Autism Aspergers Advocacy Australia (A4) received a letter (MC20-161556, 27/11/2020 — see below) from The Hon. Ben  Morton MP, Assistant Minister to the Prime Minister and Cabinet. The letter references A4's letter to the Prime Minister on 9/10/2020 (see https://a4.org.au/node/2243).

The letter to the Prime Minister asks one simple question:

What steps will you take to cease the war these Government officials are waging on Autistic Australians?  

The letter also highlights A4's unanswered questions policy.

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