Teens with ASD: Undiagnosed, Misdiagnosed and Misunderstood


Professor Sandra Radovini

Professor Sandra Radovini is a Child and Adolescent Psychiatrist and Director of Mindful, the Victorian state-wide Child & Adolescent Mental Health teaching and training unit for professionals working with children, young people and their families. Mindful is part of the Department of Psychiatry, The University of Melbourne. Sandra has held a number of key leadership positions in Mental Health: as the inaugural Chief Child Psychiatrist (2009–11); in the Office of the Chief Psychiatrist with the Victorian Department of Health; and as the inaugural Clinical Director of Headspace – National Youth Mental Health Foundation.

Facilitated by:

Dr Bianca Forrester, has lived and worked in the Geelong community for 15 years. She is a senior lecturer in Primary Care at the University of Melbourne and is also a lecturer at Deakin’s School of Medicine. In addition to her clinical work, she runs several communities of practice on issues including COVID care, family violence and youth mental health.


We’ve had a number of conversations about neurodevelopmental disorders and the common co-morbid anxiety, depression and school refusal. We have discussed common issues faced by young people with neurodevelopmental disorders in getting back to school and in Episode 14 of the Maze Phase podcast we talked about how GPs and nurses can play a role in supporting the recognition and assessment of young people who might have a neurodevelopmental disorder that has been missed.

We’ll open the lid on the Autism guidelines and consider how to use awareness of these guidelines to streamline referrals, support and advocacy. 

This webinar was recorded on 3 May 2023.