Cerebral palsy and movement disorders at Rehab2Kids Sydney Children's Hospital, Randwick

Contact details

Appointments and enquiries: (02) 9382 1685

Fax: 9382 0177

Email: SCHN-SCHCPService@health.nsw.gov.au   

Rehab2Kids, Level 2, Ainsworth Wing, Sydney Children's Hospital, Randwick

The Rehab2Kids Cerebral Palsy Service provides tertiary care, treatment and surgical intervention for children and adolescents with movement disorders and Cerebral palsy. This clinic aims to optimise posture and movement with spasticity management and orthopaedic surgery.

The multidisciplinary clinic of rehabilitation specialists, orthopaedic surgeons and allied health staff help coordinate the child's needs by providing consultation, advice and support to patients, parents and families, health professionals and others who are involved in the care of children with cerbral palsy.

Medical and consultative services are provided to children and their families from throughout NSW and the ACT. We also work in close association with The Children’s Hospital at Westmead and John Hunter Hospital as the three centres in NSW responsible for providing these tertiary services. 

Growing up with Cerebral Palsy

As children grow up they progress through many different stages of development. These times of change are often called transitions. To be prepared for these transitions and changes, planning must start early. The Timetable for Growing Up With Cerebral Palsy will give you some ideas and thoughts for planning ahead. It will also give you some suggestions to help your child become more independent and confident with their development and health care as they grow up.

Australian Hip Surveillance Guidelines

Children with cerebral palsy are at risk of developing progressive hip displacement. Early detection is essential to achieve the best outcome and every child should be referred for hip surveillance when cerebral palsy is first identified.

Classification systems used for children with cerebral palsy

Services

Orthopaedic surgery

Specialist therapy service for children having Single Event Multilevel Orthopaedic Surgery (SEMLS) or require any other orthopaedic monitoring and intervention. Allied health staff assists the family in planning for surgery and the essential therapy required following surgery. 

Gait and Motion Analysis

A specialist service offering analysis and evaluation of gait and motion held at CHW.

Botulinum Toxin Clinic

A multidisciplinary clinic providing assessment, intervention and followup for children and young adults suitable for upper and lower limb botulinum toxin injections.  We currently have a nitrous sedation clinic and a general anasethetic clinic. 

Clinic

Children and adolescents (2 – 16 years old) who have a diagnosis of cerebral palsy or a related condition are eligible to attend the Cerebral Palsy Clinic. The child or adolescent must require a medical intervention, primarily aimed at mobility and movement related issues. Referrals are accepted from medical professionals only.  

Rehabilitation clinics are held primarily on Wednesdays and Fridays each week. Medical appointments are approximately one hour long, and allied health appointments are booked based on the patient’s and family’s identified concerns and priorities.

Botulinum toxin injecting clinics under general anaesthetic are held weekly on Ward C2 North. Botulinum toxin injecting clinics under nitrous sedation are held fortnightly.

There are two combined rehabilitation and orthopaedic clinics held once a month. 

Referrals and appointments

To attend the clinic you'll need a current referral from your GP or specialist. To make an appointment either:

If you are a new patients you'll need to complete a questionnaire and consent form and return them to us. Once that's done, we can organise your medical and allied health appointments. We'll confirm these by letter.

Patients and families requesting a review appointment should contact the Clinical Coordinator on (02) 9382 0178.