Developmental and Behavioural Concerns

Availability

North South North West Statewide

Pre-referral work-up

History

Assessment and management of children and young people with developmental or behavioural concerns who are less than 18 years of age.

Referral Process

Please send referrals to the RHH Paediatrics Clinics and patients may be seen in General Paediatrics clinics, outreach clinics.

All referrals should comply with the Referral Standards and specifically include:

  • Parental/carer contact name and phone number
  • Reasons for concern and expectation of referral
  • Previous Investigations and treatments (if any)
  • Social situation including Orders or other Services already involved
  • School which the child attends and any reports available and grade that the child is in

Tests

Include any required and recommended pre-referral testing and specify if required.

Interim/GP management

To refer a patient with this condition, please see the Paediatrics clinic page for the full referral process and templates.

List recommendations for interim GP management or alternatives to referral.

Also list advice for support.

Consider involvement of Children’s Auditory Performance Scale (CHAPS)

For more information please see the Tasmanian Health Pathways website.

Red flags are clinical indicators of possible serious underlying conditions requiring further medical intervention. They may or may not indicate an emergency.

Emergency:

Proceed to Emergency Department (ED).  Please contact ED Medical Officer in Charge:
LGH ED
- Phone: (03) 6777 6405  Fax: (03) 6348 7382
MCH ED
- Phone: (03) 6478 5120  Fax: (03) 6441 5923
NWRH ED
- Phone: (03) 6493 6340  Fax: (03) 6464 1926
RHH ED
- Phone: (03) 6166 6100  Fax: (03) 6173 0489

Urgent:

Urgent referrals should be accompanied by a phone call to the Consultant/Registrar to organise urgent review and the referral must be faxed.

We will endeavour to see these patients within 4 weeks, or sooner if clinically indicated.

For any urgent sexual abuse/assault concerns please phone RHH switchboard and ask Paediatric Sexual Assault Consultant or Registrar on call for advice.

Semi-urgent:

We will endeavour to see these patients within 12 weeks

Routine:

Next available appointment