Walsh wants autism help

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PETER Walsh has called for an in­quiry into autism ser­vices to spread to the Mur­ray Plains elec­torate.

The All Party In­quiry into Autism Ser­vices is look­ing into the avail­abil­ity of ser­vices for peo­ple with Autism Spec­trum Dis­or­der.

Af­ter the first pub­lic hear­ing out­side Mel­bourne was re­cently heard in Gee­long, the Na­tion­als leader and lo­cal MP has in­vited the panel in­quiry to visit Mur­ray Plains.

‘‘Autism spec­trum dis­or­der af­fects so many young chil­dren, but it also makes a sig­nif­i­cant im­pact on the en­tire fam­ily with a va­ri­ety of so­cial, fi­nan­cial, and prac­ti­cal de­mands,’’ Mr Walsh said.

‘‘A pub­lic hear­ing in our com­mu­nity will pro­vide an im­por­tant op­por­tu­nity to high­light to the in­quiry the de­mand­ing chal­lenges autism presents in a ru­ral set­ting.

‘‘Our de­mand far out­weighs our ser­vices, and this in­quiry pro­vides a per­fect op­por­tu­nity to make our voices heard.’’

The terms of ref­er­ence in­clude, but are not lim­ited to:

the preva­lence of autism spec­trum dis­or­der in Vic­to­ria;

the avail­abil­ity and ad­e­quacy of ser­vices;

the ad­e­quacy of ser­vices to be pro­vided un­der the Na­tional Dis­abil­ity In­sur­ance Scheme (NDIS);

the ev­i­dence of the so­cial and eco­nomic cost of fail­ing to pro­vide ad­e­quate ser­vices; and,

the pro­jected de­mand for ser­vices in Vic­to­ria.

Mr Walsh said he hoped to build a strong ar­gu­ment to in­flu­ence the in­quiry to visit the elec­torate.

‘‘I en­cour­age any of my con­stituents who are im­pacted by autism in any way and who wish to sup­port my call for a lo­cal pub­lic hear­ing to con­tact me either by web­site www.pe­ter­walsh.org.au or by email peter.walsh@parliament.vic.gov.au,” he said.

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