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Referrals

  • Prior to completing a referral for a child with developmental concerns please refer to the information and requirements outlined in the pre-referral guideline here

    Download the external referral form here

    Who can refer ?

    Referrals 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, suggesting review with a local paediatrician.

    General practitioners

    May refer children to the following diagnosis-specific clinics where that diagnosis has been previously confirmed

    • Prader-Willi Syndrome
    • Neural Tube Defects Clinic (Spina Bifida, excluding Spina Bifida Occulta)
    • Rett Syndrome Clinic

    May re-refer a child who is already known to a Neurodevelopment and Disability paediatrician.  Please clearly state the clinical question and main reason for referral.

    Paediatricians

    May refer children for diagnostic concerns or a second opinion to the following clinics:

    Clinic Purpose of clinic

    Angleman Syndrome

    Second opinion for children diagnosed with Angleman syndrome

    Complex Development and Assessment  

    Autism diagnostic dilemmas for children with complex medical, genetic or neurological health issues

    Dual Disability

    For children with Autism or Intellectual disability who are displaying behaviours of concern

    Saliva Control

    For children with a developmental disability or neuromuscular disease who require further intervention or medication to manage saliva

    Genetic Diagnosis

    Diagnostic dilemmas or Genetic questions related to Neurodevelopmental disorders


    Paediatricians may also request a shared care arrangement in one of the following streams:

    • Physical disability
    • Intellectual disability/autism

    Transfer of care to a Neurodevelopment and Disability paediatrician will be considered if:

    • RCH is the closest outpatient department to the family
    • Child has a level of complexity that is difficult to manage in the community
    • Child sees multiple teams at the RCH
    • Psychosocial complexity  in addition to neurodisability