About the RCH Neurology Department

  • The Department of Neurology is made up of a dedicated team of health professionals and administrative staff working together to improve the health outcomes of infants, children and adolescents with disorders of the brain, nerves and muscles.

    We provide high quality outpatient and inpatient services for the diagnosis and management of neurological disorders.  Areas of particular expertise are epilepsy, neuromuscular diseases, paediatric stroke, neonatal neurology and developmental disorders. Our neurophysiology service provides routine EEG (electroencephalogram) monitoring, ambulatory EEG monitoring, outpatient and long-term inpatient video EEG monitoring (VEM) and nerve conduction studies.

    The department is involved in teaching of undergraduate and post graduate nursing, medical and allied health professionals and we undertake active clinical and laboratory based research in the areas of epilepsy, neuromuscular disease, stroke, neonatal neurology and malformations of the brain.

    We have strong links with community based groups such as the Muscular Dystrophy Association and Epilepsy Foundation, and are recognised for our involvement in national and international professional organisations.

    The team includes doctors, nurses, EEG and VEM technologists, secretaries, occupational therapists, physiotherapists, social workers, speech therapists, neuropsychologists and administration officers.

    Information to help you plan for your child’s Neuromuscular Clinic appointment at the Royal Children’s Hospital

    What to bring: 
    - Your appointment letter 
    - Medicare card and any other concession cards 
    - Any test results or x-rays that are relevant to this visit 
    - Updated referrals: a referral from your GP is required every 12 months 
    - Requests for support documentation 
    - Requests for new prescriptions 
    - A list of any questions you may want to ask the specialist 
    - Snacks and entertainment for you and your child  
     
    Other important information: 
    - If you are seeing a physiotherapist; please ensure of the following: 
    - Wear clothes suitable for exercise or physical assessment (eg trainers, t-shirt and shorts or tracksuit) 
    - Bring any splints or orthotics so they can be reviewed 
    - Bring contact details for school or community therapists 

    - If you are seeing a respiratory consultant; please bring along your CPAP/BiPap equipment to ensure the machines are regularly serviced and to check for adequate mask fit 
     
    Getting to the Children’s: 
    - The Royal Children’s Hospital is located at 50 Flemington Road, Parkville VIC 3052. Visit the primary RCH contact page for an interactive map 
    - Onsite parking is available 
    - Public transport is also available with trams 58 and 59 stopping at the entrance of the hospital.  
     
    Interpreter: 
    - Your GP should have let us know if you need an interpreter. If you are not sure this has been organised, please phone 9345 4286 at least one week prior to appointment to ensure arrangement of interpreter. 
     
    Travel Assistance: 
    - Country or interstate patients may be eligible for travel and accommodation reimbursements under various assistance schemes. 
    - Please ensure you bring a copy of the travel form to your appointment as they often require a doctor’s signature and provider number. Copies of the forms can also be found at each reception desk within 
    Specialist clinics 
     
    My RCH portal: 
    - My RCH portal gives patients and families easy access to the information in the RCH medical record. Please speak to any outpatient desk staff to register.