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Primary Care Liaison

Inattention Overactivity Possible ADHD

  • This pre-referral guideline covers inattention, overactivity (possible ADHD) in children from 3-18 years of age.

    Initial work-up


    • Standard history and physical exam. Include history from parents/ caregivers regarding onset and course of symptoms and family history of similar patterns.
    • Consider other causes of attention problems e.g. anxiety, family dysfunction, communication disorder, hearing loss.
    • Consider possibility of co-morbidities e.g. disruptive disorders, emotional disorders, learning disabilities, developmental disorders.
    • Consider administration of PEDS Screening Tool

    When to refer

    • Significant parent concern PEDS Screening Tool 
    • Multidisciplinary assessment is required.
    • Response to simple behavioural measures not effective.
    • Medication may be considered.
    • Has co-morbid symptoms that require special assessment or interventions.

    Information needed

    • Demographic data.
    • Birth, developmental medical history.
    • Family and social history.
    • Copies of previous of mental health, language, cognitive & audiology assessments.
    • Treatments: recommended and delivered.
    • Response to treatment.
    • Information regarding previous medication interventions.
    • Information about any known risk factors e.g. SES, single parenting, young parents, CALD (culturally and linguistically diverse), ATSI.

    Kids health info


    ADHD An overview
    Ways to help children with ADHD 
    ADHD - Stimulant medication

    Referral form Referral form (Word)
    Parent handout Parent handout (pdf)


    Kids Connect (RCH Primary Care Liaison)

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    Contact information

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    Centre for Community Child Health:

    (03) 9345 5466

    Mental Health Intake:

    1800 445511

    Centre for Adolescent  Health:

    (03) 9345 5890

    RCH Emergency Department:

    03) 9345 6477



    Booking enquiries 
    appointment rescheduling

    (03) 9345 6180 

    Rural doctors only

    (03) 9345 6789 

    Admission enquiries


    General admission enquiries:

    (03) 9345 6172

    ED admission enquiries:

    (03) 9345 6477

    After hours / Switchboard:

    (03) 9345 5522



    Seriously unwell child:

    (03) 9345 7007

    RCH Drug info-line:

    (03) 9345 5208


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