Prof Julian Trollor

Julian Trollor is Chair of Intellectual Disability Mental Health and Head of the Department of Developmental Disability Neuropsychiatry at UNSW Australia and Project Leader with Autism CRC, where he leads research and capacity building initiatives, including The Australian Longitudinal Study of Adults with Autism Spectrum Disorders (ALSAA).

Prof Trollor will present in the Autism CRC Panel 3 - Finding a Place in Society. (Day 3, Symposium 11).

Improving the Mental Health and Wellbeing of Adults with Autism Spectrum Disorders: Introducing the Australian Longitudinal Study of Adults with Autism Spectrum Disorders (ALSAA).

Overview:
Research into the health, wellbeing and outcomes for adults with ASD is very limited. Available research suggests that across a range of abilities, adults with ASD are significantly disadvantaged regarding employment, social relationships, physical and mental health, and quality of life. This presentation will describe a current study which is the first large-scale longitudinal study of adults with ASD in Australia. It aims to characterise the physical and mental health of Australians with ASD and their family carers. It will provide an understanding of the physical and mental health needs for this population. It will build a longitudinal resource which will provide insight into the correlates and predictors of health and wellbeing of adults with ASD in Australia as they age. Additionally, a profile of patterns of participation in employment, leisure and recreational activities will provide baseline information for service providers to understand how this population is currently engaging in the community. The presentation will also present ideas about how the results of the study can be used in the development of strategies to improve the mental health and well-being of people with ASDs.

Also presenting in this panel are:
Prof Torbjorn Falkmer
Prof Nick Lennox.