Marymead's Autism Centre

Marymead’s Autism Centre is located at Marymead’s Narrabundah ACT site and provides services and support to individuals and families affected by Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD). In August 2016, Marymead merged with ‘Autism Asperger ACT’ (AAACT), a local not for profit organisation that dated back to the late 1970’s.

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What is Autism?

Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) is a lifelong development disability that affects how a person communicates with, and relates to, other people and the world around them. It is a spectrum condition, which means that while all people with autism share certain areas of difficulty, their condition will affect them in different ways.

A prevalence study by the Australian Advisory Board on Autism Spectrum Disorders in 2007 concluded that one in 160 Australian children aged between six and 12 years old have an Autism Spectrum Disorder – equating to over 10,000 Australian children. However, more recent studies suggest this figure could in fact be around one in 100 children (Centres of Disease Control and Prevention, 2012).

This means that the condition is now more common than cerebral palsy, diabetes, deafness, blindness and leukaemia combined.

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Marymead’s Autism Centre provides the following services:

  • Information and referrals
  • NDIS pre-planning
  • NDIS Support Coordination
  • Early Days workshops
  • Support and social groups
  • Community awareness
  • ASD library
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The Canberra Autism Women’s Group 

Facilitated by Jeanette Purkis, is open to women with an Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) and mothers of daughters with ASD. The discussion group usually meets on the first Thursday of the month from 7:30pm to 9:00pm in the Orpheus Room at the Hellenic Club in Woden. No bookings required.


To access our services, please contact the Intake team on 1800 427 920 or email

For general information please email