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For internal referrals from RCH staff please refer to the RCH staff page.
Referrals are only accepted from Paediatricians or other relevant medical specialists.
We do not accept referrals from General Practitioners (GP) or any health professionals other than Paediatricians and medical specialists except for specific conditions or treatments listed below.
Referrals for outpatient physiotherapy should be faxed to +61 3 9345 5034.
To ensure appropriate and timely review and triage of referrals please ensure the following information is included:
If you are referring a child for aquatic physiotherapy there is further information that is required to complete safety screening. Please complete your referral on the aquatic physiotherapy referral form. If you need further information regarding the impact of aquatic physiotherapy on the body or certain medical conditions please refer to our medical information sheet.
The outpatient physiotherapy service at RCH is based on providing a tertiary level service that is not available in the community.
Referrals will not be accepted if a patient already has a suitable physiotherapy service in the community (unless a second opinion is specifically required).
The RCH Kids Health Info fact sheets cover a wide range of topics including many that are relevant to physiotherapy.
Some of the facts sheets that are particularly relevant to physiotherapy include:
An information sheet is also available on Baby's head shape: Face time and tummy time equals head control.
A copy of the RCH "Understanding Brachial Plexus Palsy" information booklet can be found on the Department of Plastic and Maxillofacial Surgery website.
In many cases it is more appropriate for children to receive physiotherapy within their local community.
Some local hospitals and community health centres offer publically funded paediatric physiotherapy services. They should be contacted to determine what services are available.
If your patient wishes to see a private physiotherapist closer to home you can search for a physiotherapist in their local area through the 'Find a Physio' function of the Australian Physiotherapy Association website.
Post Intervention Therapy (PIT) funding is available for children with Cerebral Palsy who require additional physiotherapy following orthopaedic surgery to their lower limbs. More information regarding the eligibility criteria and relevant forms and documents for therapists are located on the RCH Complex Care webpage.
The Physiotherapy Department can be contacted via telephone on +61 3 9345 9300 between 8.30am and 5.00pm. It is most helpful to our administration team if you know the name of the physiotherapist you wish to speak to when you call. As we are often treating children during the day we may not be able to take your call immediately but if you leave a message for us we will call you back as soon as we can.
Manager - Dr Fiona Fenton
Cardiorespiratory Team Leader - Jen Corda
Neurosciences Team Leader - Kari Steer and Natalie McCallum
Orthopaedics Team Leader - Greg Cull