Drug and alcohol services (CICADA Centre NSW)


Phone:  (02) 7825 2446 

Email: SCHN-CICADA@health.nsw.gov.au

Location: Adolescent Medicine Unit, Level 1 (between Wade and Hall wards), The Children's Hospital at Westmead

About our service

Our Service brings together three teams of clinicians to provide care and interventions for children and adolescents affected by drugs and alcohol. Services include the Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder Service, Family Service and the Adolescent Service. 

Find information on our different services including contact details and clinic days in the 'Clinic information' section. 

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.   

FASD Service: Referrals are accepted from paediatricians and other medical specialists. Documentation confirming alcohol exposure should accompany the specialist’s referral. Please also provide previous assessments/reports. 

Family and Adolescent Service: Referrals are accepted from a GP or medical specialist for an appointment. 

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Consultmed questions and technical support: helpdesk@consultmed.co

Referral and appointment process for parents and carers

Request a referral

To make an appointment at our clinic, you will need a referral from your paediatrician or specialist. 

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

Track your referral

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

Once we receive the referral, we will send you an email with your tracking information. We will update you as we process the referral and book your appointment. 

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 on (02) 7825 2446. 

Clinic information

Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder Service (FASD)

The CICADA Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder (FASD) service conducts assessments on babies, children, and young people between 0-17 years of age for FASD.  

Diagnosing FASD involves:  

  • Confirming prenatal alcohol exposure  
  • Looking for facial and other physical features of FASD  
  • Assessing for neurodevelopmental impacts

Clinics are run with a team of paediatricians, neuropsychologist, speech pathologist, occupational therapist, social worker, Aboriginal care navigator and clinical nurse specialist.

 Our team completes a holistic and comprehensive assessment of a child's neurodevelopmental and psychosocial circumstances, eliciting their strengths and attending to the areas that require support. 

We provide personalised and practical recommendations that will benefit the child's development.

Contact: 02 7825 2446

Email: SCHN-FASD@health.nsw.gov.au  

Clinic: The Children's Hospital at Westmead, the FASD Clinic is open Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday 8:30am-5pm

FASD Baby Clinic

Our Baby Clinic run five times a year and prioritises 0-3yrs old.  The baby clinic highlights the importance of early intervention and seeks to provide education and support.

Please note we do accept GP referrals for 0-3yr olds. 

2024 dates:

  • 12 February 
  • 8 April 
  • 17 June
  • 2 September 
  • 11 November

Family service

The Family service supports the health and wellbeing of children, young people and their families who have a parent with a drug and alcohol history.  

Clinics are run with a team including a paediatrician, psychologist and/or social worker who provide assessment, management, and interventions for a variety of concerns including:  

  • Physical health and nutrition  
  • Growth and development  
  • Sleep difficulties  
  • Attention and learning difficulties  
  • Mood problems including anxiety and bereavement
  • Complex trauma  
  • Family relationships and attachment issues
  • Parental support and education including positive parenting classes
  • Assistance with coordination of services  
  • Consultancy service for advice and recommendations in this field  
  • Case coordination with local family and AOD services (where applicable) .

Adolescent service

The Adolescent service is for young people under 17 years of age seeking treating for alcohol and drug use.  

Clinics are held within the Department of Adolescent Medicine at the Childrens Hospital at Westmead, the Centre for Adolescents and Young Adult Health at Westmead, the Centre for Adolescent and Young Adult Health at Sydney Children’s Hospital, Randwick.  

We have a team including paediatricians, clinical psychologists, social workers, occupational therapist, speech pathologist, clinical nurse consultants and Aboriginal clinical care navigators.

Comprehensive adolescent health assessment, drug and alcohol assessment, counselling and intervention can be provided according to the needs of the young person.  

Hospital consultation and liaison service is provided for patients accessing the emergency department or admitted to the ward.  

Support is also offered to parents and carers of young people with substance abuse. A GP or medical referral is required for a specialist appointment. 


If enough information has been gathered on a referral, we can progress to a FAST Track appointment. This is available for patients accessing the Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder (FASD) service. 

Fast Track is offered as a case conference with the referrer (may be a GP,  paediatrcian or specialist depending on the patient) and at least three of our team members. 

The case conference:

  • supports the referrer and offers interventions/support individual to the patient
  • the team will answer any questions the referrer may have 
  • we will also give you support/tips in feeding back the outcome to the family.

If the referrer is accepted into the Fast Track framework, we require:

  • Genetics: Fragile X and Microarray
  • Baseline Bloods including: EUC, LFT, FBC, Calcium, Magnesium, Phosphorus, Creatine 'CK', B12, Vit D, Glucose, TFT, Differential bloods, Iron, Transferrin ,Ferritin
  • Urine Metabolic Screen
  • Photos:  please make sure you use an appropriate sticker that is 20mm -  the FASD Clinic can send stickers if needed
  • Blue book with birth measurements if possible  

Clinical training

We deliver training designed for health professionals diagnosing or caring for patients with FAS disorders. 

Clinical resources and expression of interest: Go to FASD clinical hub

Handbook for parents and carers

Information about getting ready to go to the clinic, what happens at the appointment, plus follow-up plans. 

Last updated Wednesday 15th May 2024

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