Online Resources

Research and Evaluation

Find out more about the Research and Evaluation of the HCWA and Better Start programs.


Raising Children Network

The Raising Children website is a Government-funded parenting resource that provides information for parents on a wide range of topics. The site has lots of useful information about children with ASD and disability including:


Raising Children Network Discussion Forums

Talking to other parents who are in your situation can provide moral and emotional support, as well as practical solutions and advice based on personal experience. Connect with other parents on the Raising Children Network forums.

Forum – Parents of children with ASD

Forum – Parents of children with disability


Supporting Individuals with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD)

A guide to assist individuals with ASD has been developed by the Australian Advisory Board on Autism Spectrum Disorders (AABASD), with funding from the Department of Social Services.

The guide has information for parents/carers and professionals on support and services available for individuals under 25 years of age with ASD.

It outlines available assistance on assessment and diagnosis, funding packages, intervention and therapy, childcare, school, family support and planning for the future.

Supporting individuals with Autism Spectrum Disorder - A guide for families and professionals


TherapyConnect

TherapyConnect covers a range of subjects, including types of specialists, developmental milestones for your child, and the important role you play in helping your child get the most out of therapy.


Fact Sheet on the DSM-5 and Eligibility for HCWA and Better Start

In order to be eligible for HCWA or Better Start, children need to have met diagnostic, age and residential criteria.  This fact sheet provides information on the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM-5), which has had implications for the eligibility of HCWA and Better Start.

Parent newsletter

We regularly send families and carers a newsletter with tips and information about our programs. The newsletter is sent to the email address you supplied when you registered with HCWA or Better Start.

Current and previous editions of the parent newsletter are available


Service Provider newsletter

We regularly send providers a newsletter with tips and information about our programs. The newsletter is sent to the email addresses of FOFMS users in your organisation.

Current and previous editions of the service provider newsletter are available

Early Intervention Helpdesk

Tel: 1800 778 581

Email: early.intervention@dss.gov.au

Helpdesk opening hours

The Early Intervention Helpdesk will be closed from 11am Western Standard Time on Friday 19 October and will reopen at 9am Western Standard Time on Tuesday 23 October. Please send an email to early.intervention@dss.gov.au with your enquiry and we will respond on our return.

The Early Intervention helpdesk is located in Perth and is open during these times:

  • AWST (Perth) time – Monday to Friday : 09:00 am to 12:30 pm and 1:30 pm to 4:30 pm.
  • Australian Eastern Standard Time – Monday to Friday: 11:00 am to 2:30 pm and 3:30 pm to 6:30 pm.
  • Australian Eastern Daylight Saving Time (from first Sunday in October till the first Sunday in April) - Monday to Friday: 12:00 pm to 3:30 pm and 4:30 pm to 7:30 pm.

For other languages, call the Translating and Interpreting Service on 13 14 50 and ask them to contact the Helpdesk for you.

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