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


Enquiries: (02) 9382 1685

Appointments: (02) 9382 0178

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

Location: Level 2 of the Ainsworth Building (South West Wing), Sydney Children's Hospital, High Street, Randwick

About our service

The Cerebral Palsy service is part of Rehab2Kids and 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 cerebral 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. 

Our 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 follow up for children and young adults suitable for upper and lower limb botulinum toxin injections. We currently have a nitrous sedation clinic and a general anaesthetic clinic.

Referral information and eligibility criteria

This service is a part of Rehab2Kids, Sydney Children's Hospital, Randwick.

See Rehab2Kids for referral and eligibility information.

Clinic information

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 by 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. 

Cerebral palsy resources

As children grow up they progress through many different stages of development. See some ideas for planning ahead and suggestions to help your child become more independent and confident with their development and health care as they grow up.
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.

Handbook for parents and carers

Resources and support on a range of topics for children and families living with cerebral palsy. 

Last updated Monday 20th May 2024

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