Community child health, Sydney Children's Hospital, Randwick

Contact

Medical team:

Administration: SCHN-SCHAdminCCH@health.nsw.gov.au

Aboriginal care coordination: SCHN-ACCT@health.nsw.gov.au

Postal address: Department of Community Child Health, Sydney Children's Community Health Centre, Cnr Avoca & Barker St, Randwick NSW 2031

About Community Child Health (CCH)

The Department of Community Child Health (CCH) is a specialist team working to improve the health, wellbeing and development of children in our community. 

Our focus is on Priority Populations which includes Aboriginal and refugee children and adolescents, those in Out of Home Care and those using a Healthcare card. 

We deliver high-quality innovative health services, and undertake research, education and advocacy in partnership with local communities.

Our work addresses equity in child health focused around 3 key themes:

  1. Early child development, which includes developmental concerns, disability and developmental-behavioural disorders
  2. Optimising the life chances for children from Priority Populations to   improve health outcomes
  3. Transforming health systems (including enhancing integrated care, using Arts in Health, and developing equity focused care pathways)

We work together with the Population Child Health Research Group at the University of New South Wales (UNSW) to conduct translational health services and health systems research. Our aim is to optimise child health outcomes and address inequities. 

Our services

Our services provide integrated outpatient health, developmental and behavioural assessment and management services for children in Northern South Eastern Sydney Local Health District. We offer clinics at Sydney Children’s Hospital (Bright Alliance building, Outpatients Department and Sydney Children’s Community Health Centre), as well as outreach clinics. 

We see children from Priority Populations throughout their life span from birth to 16 years. Many of our clinics involve collaboration with other agencies and services. 

Hours: our services operate 8.30am – 5.00pm, Monday to Friday

Location: clinic locations vary depending on the clinic; our offices are located at the Sydney Children’s Community Health Centre, corner of Avoca and Barker Streets, Randwick

La Perouse Aboriginal Child Health clinic

Paediatric clinics based at the La Perouse Community Health Centre provide a culturally appropriate service for the local Aboriginal community. 

Patients are seen for general medical, developmental, learning difficulties, behavioural and adolescent health issues. 

The Aboriginal Child Health clinic offers comprehensive paediatric assessments together with a:

  • Social Worker
  • Aboriginal Health Worker and Aboriginal Care Co-ordinator (The ACCT team)
  • Speech Pathologists and other Allied Health workers.  

There are also other specialist services co-located in the clinic including Mental Health, ENT, hearing and dental.

We have strong interdisciplinary partnerships with other health and wellbeing services (including for vision and dental), non-government agencies, schools, the NDIS and early childhood education services that work within the community.

We also provide case management and care coordination for Aboriginal children and their families to manage chronic or complex conditions and link them into primary health care services. 

For more information see Aboriginal health, Sydney Children's Hospital, Randwick.

Clinic details 

  • Clinic times: Thursday 8.30am – 1.00pm except during the public school holidays
  • Clinic location: La Perouse Community Health Centre, 1 Elaroo Ave, La Perouse 

Contact the Aboriginal Child Health clinic

Medical team:

Administration: SCHN-SCHAdminCCH@health.nsw.gov.au

Aboriginal care coordination: SCHN-ACCT@health.nsw.gov.au

La Perouse Aboriginal pARenT Group Program: Ngala Nanga Mai (NNM)

Ngala Nanga Mai pARenT Group Program (NNM) is an Arts in Health multi-award-winning program, established in 2009 and delivered at the La Perouse Aboriginal Community Health Centre.

Art is the primary tool for enhancing access to health care, improving parental education and employment and promoting community and cultural engagement. 

We provide an Arts in Health program for Aboriginal parents and their children every Thursday morning except during public school holidays. The program is delivered by Aboriginal Health Workers and a Social Worker and is supported by various Allied Health workers and Paediatric doctors. 

Transport is provided to participants to and from the La Perouse Aboriginal Community Health Centre.

Contact the La Perouse Aboriginal pARenT Group Program: Ngala Nanga Mai (NNM)

Refugee clinic

Community Child Health runs a multidisciplinary health and wellbeing assessment for asylum seeking and refugee children. 

We provide:

  • a comprehensive health assessment on arrival, including with a Social Worker if required
  • assessment of nutritional and infectious disease status
  • assessment of development and other identified problems
  • reviews of children's pathology results
  • coordinated ongoing health care to refugee children and their families.

The team assists GPs in case management in the community. 

Referral from General Practitioners, paediatricians or refugee services is required. For more information see Refugee health, Sydney Children's Hospital, Randwick.

Clinic details

  • Clinic times: Wed 9.00am - 1.00pm, once a month
  • Clinic location: Outpatients Department at Sydney Children’s Hospital Randwick

Contact the Refugee clinic 

Medical team:

Administration: SCHN-SCHAdminCCH@health.nsw.gov.au

Priority Populations ADHD clinic

The Priority Populations ADHD clinic is for school aged children with difficulties with learning, inattention & impulsivity who come from Priority Populations (as defined below).

Acceptance of a patient requires an intake discussion and should meet the following criteria:

  • reside in the local geographical catchment area (Northern SESLHD)
  • aged 5-16 yrs and attending school
  • belongs to a priority population i.e.  
    1. Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander
    2. Refugee or Asylum seeker
    3. In out of home care (OOHC) or case managed by the Department of Communities and Justice
    4. Are known to obtain family support from agencies such as Centrelink; NGOs (e.g. Barnardos, Benevolent Society, Anglicare); Disability support services (NDIS)
    5. Parent or child requires an interpreter. 

We provide an assessment, diagnosis and medical management of children with ADHD symptoms that impact on the child’s learning, behaviour and general wellbeing. We assess and support other comorbidities that might overlap with the symptoms of ADHD. 

Psychological, behavioural support and IQ assessment cannot be provided by this clinic currently; external services are required to provide these. We work alongside behavioural interventional services such as the Child and Family East Service (CAFÉ) and provide support for multiagency (including school) case conferences. 

Clinic details

  • Clinic times: Tuesday 2.00pm - 5.00pm except during the public school holidays
  • Clinic location: Bright Alliance, Level 7, corner High and Avoca Street Randwick 

Contact the Priority Populations ADHD clinic 

Medical team:

Administration: SCHN-SCHAdminCCH@health.nsw.gov.au

Developmental services

Our developmental services are delivered in collaboration with Tumbatin Developmental clinic. Together we provide the full range of integrated outpatient developmental services.  

All developmental referrals should be made directly to Tumbatin, and the appropriate developmental clinic will be allocated. All referrals go through an intake process prior to being accepted. 

For more information see Tumbatin – Child Development Unit, Sydney Children's Hospital, Randwick

Children under 5 years of age with suspected delays or disorders in development may be allocated to the Developmental Screening clinic or the Priority Population Developmental Assessment clinic, which provide a developmental diagnosis and assessment. Although these clinics are open to referrals from GPs, childcare, early childhood nurses, allied health therapists and parents, all referrals go through the Tumbatin intake process via the Consultmed referral platform.

Clinic details 

  • Clinic times
    • Developmental Screening clinic: Wednesday morning 9.00am - 1.00pm
    • Priority Population Developmental Assessment clinic: Monday or Tuesday morning 9.00am - 1.00pm
  • Clinic location: Sydney Children’s Community Health Centre, corner of Avoca and Barker Streets, Randwick

Contact Developmental services (for both Tumbatin and screening clinics)  

Medical team:

Administration: SCHN-SCHAdminCCH@health.nsw.gov.au

Referral process for clinicians

Our department is using Consultmed to manage referrals. The Consultmed platform allows health professionals to send e-referrals to us securely.   

Consultmed questions and technical support: helpdesk@consultmed.co

Referral and appointment process for parents and carers

Request a referral

To make an appointment at one of our clinics you will need a referral from your GP, paediatrician or specialist. 

They will assess your child, discuss your concerns, and make a referral to the appropriate service.  They will use Consultmed to submit the referral.

If your clinician gives you the referral, you can also upload it to Consultmed yourself.
 

Track your referral

Our department uses Consultmed to manage referrals. You or your referring clinician sends the e-referral to us using the secure Consultmed platform.  

As our clinics offer comprehensive assessment services, the referrer and/or child's carer may be contacted and asked to provide further information. This is in order to help us understand the child and their health, developmental and behavioural needs. It is important that this is information is completed and returned quickly, as it helps us ensure that appropriate clinic time, staff and resources are available for the child. 

If the referral is accepted, the administration officer will contact the family to arrange an appointment. A formal letter will be sent to the family and the family will be contacted prior to the appointment as a reminder. If the referral is not accepted then alternative and suitable options will be provided to the referrer.

To receive these updates, please ask your referring clinician to include your email on the referral.  

If your clinician has questions about Consultmed or require technical support, they can contact helpdesk@consultmed.co.  

Need support?

If you need help or have questions about the referral and appointment process, please contact us.

Medical team:

La Perouse Aboriginal Child Health clinic: SCHN-LaPerousePaediatric@health.nsw.gov.au or for appointments call the La Perouse Community Health Centre directly on (02) 8347 4800

Full developmental assessment: SCHN-SCH-InfoTumbatin@health.nsw.gov.au

Refugee, Priority Populations ADHD and Developmental Screening clinics: SCHN-SCHAdminCCH@health.nsw.gov.au

Last updated Monday 20th May 2024

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