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Are you concerned about your child's development or  behaviour?

Every child is different in a very special way. Parenting these little creatures and seem them grow is one of the most rewarding and challenging jobs that any of us would do in their lifetime. For a number of children this journey may be more difficult, as their little person presents with differences in their development and behaviours, that often requires assistance and support. Early recognition and intervention is often key for better outcomes. 

 

  How and where can I get them assessed? 

The first step is to see your Child Health nurse or GP to discuss your concerns. Talk to your child's day care provider or teacher, ask them if they have similar concerns. Ask them to give you a letter to support referral for further assessments. The next step usually involves seeing Allied Health professionals, Speech or Occupational Therapist. Physiotherapy or Psychology input maybe also required. A Paediatrician is required to verify and confirm a diagnosis, may also consider additional investigations. There are options available in our region, however there are waiting times involved in accessing the service of your choice. 

 

How and where can I get support from?

Supports and interventions can be initiated early, there are a lot of things you can do differently at home. Your GP can initiate referrals through Medicare plans (Chronic Disease Management Plan and Mental Health care plan). In early childhood a diagnosis is often not required to get early intervention and support from the National Disability Insurance Scheme. In older children a diagnosis or a label is often a means for support. Please remember that it does not define your child now or who they are going to be in the future. The labels assist in getting them the right supports at school and in the community accessing appropriate government funded programs.  

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Please note that: Dr Michalis  has joined Paeds in a Pod, a Brisbane based practice who is also offering services in Regional Queensland including in Mackay and Townsville. https://www.paedsinapod.com.au

Dr Michalis is offering face to face consults at JCU Health in Townsville.   Please contact Paeds in the Pod admin team on 07 3177 2000 for appointments queries.

Adhoc/Urgent Telehealth appointments  with Dr Michalis can also be made through DOCTO online hospital.

Servicing QLD, NSW, VIC, TAS, ACT, NT https://www.docto.com.au/

Please contact 1300336286 or email admin@docto.com.au for further details

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