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West Moreton Health Update - Paediatrics and child development referrals

February 10, 2020

West Moreton is experiencing unprecedented growth in our paediatric population, many of whom have co-morbidities and developmental delays. West Moreton Health is currently working to implement sustainable, evidence-based models to improve outcomes for children and families. This redesign recognises the pivotal role of GPs in the early recognition of problems and identification of at-risk children and young people.

From January 2020, West Moreton Health is creating an integrated service between Paediatrics and Child Development Service (CDS). West Moreton Health will no longer be able to accept GP referrals directly to Allied Health Professionals in the CDS. From April 2020 the “drop-in” Child Development Service will cease. Additionally, in 2020 HealthPathways and Clinical Prioritisation Criteria (CPC) will be available on the West Moreton Health website will assist GP’s to refer into the Health Service.

The changes to CDS aim to improve equity of access, patient safety and service delivery optimisation. The building of shared care partnerships and having GP’s as the first point of contact will support this continuum of care.

The new criteria for the children (between the ages of 0 to 18) are eligible to access services is:

  • if they require diagnostic assessment for moderate developmental delay in two or more of the following domains:
  • posture and large movements
  • fine motor/visual motor
  • communication (receptive and expressive)
  • cognition and learning
  • social behaviour/play
  • adaptive (feeding, sleeping, regulation & sensory organisation)

If you consider that a child would benefit from a community based, multidisciplinary developmental paediatric assessment clinic please fax or send via medical objects a referral addressed to the Paediatric Outpatient Department to Central Referral Hub, Ipswich Hospital, PO Box 73, Ipswich Qld 4305 (Fax: 3810 1438) or use a secure transfer/medical objects. If you would like more information on the Child Development Service in West Moreton please see the website.

West Moreton Health would like to thank the community for working together to provide sustainable care to families who need it most.