Child development services at The Children's Hospital at Westmead

Contact details

(02) 9845 2395

Child Development Unit

The Child Development Unit provides comprehensive multidisciplinary care to children with complex developmental problems. Special Interests Developmental Disorders are treated, such as severe language impairment, autism, neurodevelopmental disorders associated with medical conditions requiring neuropsychological assessment and complex learning difficulties associated with comorbidity.

Clinics

days are Monday to Friday 8am to 4:30pm.

Referral to the clinic must come from a child's managing paediatrician. A letter to a named consultant with clear statement of goals of assessment and a completed referral form must be provided. All referrals will go through an intake process to discuss and prioritise appropriate assessment and service required. All enquiries regarding making referral to the Child Development Unit can be discussed with the Intake Officer. 

Location

Children's Assessment Centre, Level 3 Outpatient Building

Appointments

Ph: (02) 9845 2395 (Intake Officer). All appointments are given only after consideration of intake details, appropriateness and priority. (no appointment will be given upon a phone referral)

Consultants

Dr Natalie Silove (Head of the Unit)
Dr Natalie Ong & Dr Beverley Bennett (Staff Specialists)

Dr Gillian Brooks

Clinic days

Monday to Friday 8am to 4:30pm

Method of referring

Referral from managing paediatrician required. A letter to named consultant with clear statement of goals of assessment and a completed CDU referral form to be provided for intake proceeds. All referrals will go through an intake process to discuss and prioritise appropriate assessment and service required.

Primary and secondary services should be previously utilised and information /reports provided.

All enquiries regarding making referral to Child Development Unit can be discussed with the Intake Officer.

Functions of the clinic

The Child Development Unit is a tertiary diagnostic and assessment centre providing comprehensive multidisciplinary service to children with complex developmental problems.

Special Interests

Developmental disorders, such as severe language impairment, autism, neurodevelopmental disorder associated with medical conditions requiring neuropsychological assessment, complex learning difficulties associated with comorbidity

Parramatta Early Childhood Assessment Team (PECAT)

The Parramatta Early Childhood Assessment Team (PECAT) provides a Multidisciplinary, Diagnostic & Assessment service for children under six years of age who are not at school. Developmental, intellectual, functional and health assessments are conducted for children who have, or are suspected of having, a global developmental delay or intellectual disability.

We aim to:

  • Identify factors which may have an impact on a child's development and functioning
  • Recognise and diagnose disorders such as autism
  • Document a child's level of development emphasising both areas of strength as well as areas of difficulty
  • Help the client, family and other professionals in the planning of interventions and services
  • Consult to the client/family for health, development or behavioural concerns related to the disability
  • Provide support throughout the process of assessment and diagnosis

Who do we see?

PECAT is a tertiary service which takes referrals only from pediatricians.

The service is available for individuals who live in Western Sydney, as defined by the Parramatta, Holroyd, Auburn, Blacktown and Hills Local Government Areas.

We see children under the age of six years, who are not at school, where there are concerns of a global developmental delay or disability.

New Location 

PECAT will be relocating from Parramatta to the Auburn Community Health Centre on Norvel Street, Auburn, from Monday 13 May, 2019.  

The service will continue to be operated by The Children's Hospital at Westmead. 

Hours

9am-4pm, Monday to Friday

Services are temporarily suspended as the team set up in the new location. Due to re-open early to mid June, 2019. 

Staff

Dr Gillian Brooks, Specialist Developmental Paediatrician and Team Leader

Dr Bee Hong Lo, visiting Medical Officer

Paula O'Kelly, Clinical Nurse Specialist

Pamela De Pomeroy, Social Worker

Anita Doyle, Senior Psychologist

Kelly Jeng, Clinical Psychologist

Andrew Marynissen, Clinical Psychologist

Christina Crofts, Administration 

NSW Centre for Effective Reading (CER) (based at Westmead)

NSW Centre for Effective Reading (CER) is a collaborative project with the NSW Department of Education and Communities and Department of Health. It provides a service to rural and remote primary aged students with significant delays in literacy. CER incorporates Palm Avenue School and the Child Development Unit at The Children’s Hospital at Westmead.

CER consists of four main components:

  • Diagnosis and assessment
  • Literacy intervention
  • Professional learning
  • Research and development

Forms and resources

Referral Form (Child Development Unit)

Referral Information

Related Child Development Services

Useful Child and Family Services

A Visit to the Child Development Service