Prior to completing
a referral for a child with a developmental question please refer to the
information and requirements outlined in the pre-referral guideline.
Download the referral form.
Referrals for a
paediatrician can only be accepted from medical practitioners.
If you are an allied
health professional or maternal and child health nurse please refer
children with developmental concerns to their GP, with relevant assessments and
reports suggesting review with a local paediatrician.
Referrals for a
second opinion, diagnostic question, or failed intervention in the community
regarding speech and language can be accepted from community speech pathologists. For more information regarding speech
pathology referrals please visit the RCH Speech Pathology website.
When to refer to
the RCH for developmental concerns
- If the RCH is the closest paediatric health service to the child
and/ or there are no closer public or community services available
The child has
complex medical issues currently coordinated through the RCH
management with allied health clinicians and paediatricians has not adequately
addressed the child/ family goals.
referrer has completed/ coordinated the initial workup (see below)
Referrals will not be accepted at the RCH for
developmental issues where local public specialist clinics and/or community
health services are available to make initial assessments or where there is not
enough information stated in the referral to make an informed and accurate
Information regarding autism assessments can be
found on the RCH Autism and Developmental Assessment page.
refer children for diagnostic concerns or a second opinion.