Ministers for the Department of Infrastructure, Regional Development and Cities The Hon Michael McCormack MP Deputy Prime MinisterMinister for Infrastructure, Transport and Regional Development Senator the Hon Bridget McKenzie Minister for Regional ServicesMinister for SportMinister for Local Government and Decentralisation The Hon Alan Tudge MP Minister for Cities, Urban Infrastructure and Population The Hon Sussan Ley MP Assistant Minister for Regional Development and Territories The Hon Andrew Broad MP Assistant Minister to the Deputy Prime Minister The Hon Scott Buchholz MP Assistant Minister for Roads and Transport The Hon Barnaby Joyce MPFormer Deputy Prime MinisterFormer Minister for Infrastructure and Transport The Hon Dr John McVeigh MPFormer Minister for Regional Development, Territories and Local Government The Hon Keith Pitt MPFormer Assistant Minister to the Deputy Prime Minister The Hon Damian Drum MPFormer Assistant Minister to the Deputy Prime Minister Senator the Hon Fiona Nash Former Minister for Regional DevelopmentFormer Minister for Local Government and Territories The Hon Darren Chester MP Former Minister for Infrastructure and TransportFormer A/g Minister for Regional DevelopmentFormer A/g Minister for Local Government and Territories The Hon Warren Truss MP Former Deputy Prime Minister Former Minister for Infrastructure and Regional Development The Hon Paul Fletcher MP Former Minister for Urban Infrastructure and Cities The Hon Jamie Briggs MP Former Assistant Minister for Infrastructure and Regional Development

Work begins on Logan Autism Centre of Excellence

Media Release

DC413/2017

23 November 2017

Joint release with:

Bert van Manen

Federal Member for Forde

Alan Smith

Chief Executive Officer

  • Construction is now underway on a new children's autism clinic in Logan
  • The centre will provide support services for up to 50 children each year
  • The centre will be used by researchers, teachers, and therapists to improve mental health in the region

Work has begun on a new state of the art autism clinic in Logan, which will provide expert care and early intervention services for toddlers and small children living with autism.

Minister for Infrastructure and Transport Darren Chester said the centre will focus on children aged between two and six, supporting the region with a high-quality, full-time, health service.

“The Coalition Government invested almost $1 million in the project because it will both support families and, through research, help improve the way we approach autism,” Mr Chester said.

“The centre will be run by the AEIOU Foundation and will help the community better understand autism, and what it can do to support autistic children and their families.

“It will also help children with autism build confidence and social skills, giving them the best chance to reach their full potential.”

Federal Member for Forde Bert van Manen said the centre would be the first of its kind in Queensland, featuring classrooms, a motor-skill therapy room, a playground, and modern facilities for research.

“The new facilities will also be used by researchers, teachers and therapists to develop and improve intervention and treatment services,” Mr van Manen said.

“It will form part of the innovative Meadowbrook Health and Knowledge Precinct in Logan, which is transforming the suburb into an integrated centre for health, education and research in Queensland.”

Chief Executive Officer for AEIOU Alan Smith said the Foundation was sincerely grateful for the financial support from the Australian Government and Queensland Health, making the development of this Autism Centre of Excellence possible.

“AEIOU is thrilled to work with our community partners to create this flagship development, which will bring together a number of organisations to facilitate genuine inclusion, better support in our communities along with opportunities for research and training for future leaders in this field,” Mr Smith said.

“Fundamentally, this centre will ensure AEIOU can support an additional 50 children with autism each year, while also providing training and support to their families.”

Construction of the Logan Autism Centre of Excellence is scheduled for completion by May 2018. The project is jointly funded by the Coalition Government ($999,840), the Queensland Government ($990,000), and the AEIOU Foundation ($248,122).