The Department of Continuous Professional Development for Health Professionals (CPD-HP) at Qatar University (QU) announced the start of a series of an online educational seminars, as a commitment to enhancing knowledge and raising the level of patient care.

QU said in a statement that these webinars aim to raise awareness and understanding of Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) and support the goals of World Autism Month, adding that its weekly webinar series will begin on April 24 and will extend over five consecutive weeks, providing participants with a unique opportunity to interact with national experts, actively contribute to discussions and expand their understanding of ASD.

QU explained that the inaugural webinar will introduce diagnosis and genetic factors, and subsequent sessions will cover strategies for care delivery by multidisciplinary teams. It will also challenge common misconceptions, and provide insights into the lived experiences of patients and their families coping with ASD, the statement added.

In this regard, head of CPD-HP at QU Dr Zachariah Nazar stressed the importance of working with national stakeholders to enhance awareness and exchange experiences, pointing out that these educational sessions represent a collaborative effort to support individuals with autism and their families.

By partnering with pioneering national stakeholders, we can enhance awareness and understanding and ultimately improve the quality of care for people with ASD, Dr Nazar added. It is noteworthy that this initiative comes in co-operation with prominent national stakeholders committed to enhancing the care of autistic persons, including Hamad Medical Corporation (HMC), Sidra Medicine, Hamad Bin Khalifa University (HBKU), Renad Academy and Child Development Center (CDC), and it aims to provide a platform for learning and discussing different aspects of ASD.
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