Our department is using Consultmed to manage referrals.

  • For GPs, specialists, allied health or health professionals

The Consultmed platform allows you to send e-referrals to us securely. Create an account to get started.

  • For parents and carers

Our contact details and appointment information is further down the page.

Care and intervention for children and adolescents affected by drugs and alcohol

The CICADA Centre NSW brings together three teams of experts from the Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders (FASD) Clinic, Family Service and the Adolescent Drug and Alcohol Service, at The Sydney Children's Hospital Network to assist children, adolescents, families and NSW health professionals to build leadership and research into the prevention of harm to children and adolescents from drugs and alcohol.   

Click here to see the CICADA Service brochure

Key areas are:

  • to support preventative research and education.
  • to extend already successful local programs on Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders (FASD) and the Family Service which provides paediatric-based health service to children and adolescents with a parent with drug and alcohol related issues). The Adolescent program supports young people in the hospital with drug and alcohol problems.
  • to promote and support sustainable strategies to improve the health of children and young people in metropolitan, regional, rural and remote areas of NSW.

 CICADA FASD (Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder) Service


  • When: Mondays and Tuesdays 8:30am to 5:00pm
  • Where: Adolescent Medicine Unit, Level 1 (between Wade and Hall wards), The Children's Hospital at Westmead.
  • Phone: 9845 2446 
  • Email:

In order for a referral to be accepted onto our waiting list, we require a Paediatrician referral with the following information:

  • Documented Evidence of Prenatal Alcohol Exposure – This can be in the form of a witness statement, legal/medical records, case worker documentation 
  • A Medical Referral letter from a Specialist doctor ie Paediatrician, Clinical Geneticist, Psychiatrist etc
  • Completed CICADA FASD referral form
  • Results/reports for any previous assessments eg Speech Therapy, Occupational Therapy and/or Psychology.

For Medicare purposes the Medical Referral letter must be addressed to:

Professor Elizabeth Elliot


The Children’s Hospital at Westmead

Referrals can be emailed to, or sent electronically via Consultmed

Once we have received the referral it will be reviewed at an intake meeting and you will be advised whether it has been accepted for the waitlist.

Please feel free to call 02 9845 2446 on Monday or Tuesday if you have any further questions.

CICADA Family Service

The CICADA Family Service is a health service for children and adolescents, aged 0 to 18 years, whose parents have drug and alcohol related issue.

Families will be seen by a Paediatrician and Psychologist to assess the needs of the children and intervention and/or recommendations will be provided.

Referrals can be made by GP's and other medical specialists.

When: Mondays 8:30am to 5:00pm

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

Phone: 9845 2446 

Send a GP referral electronically via Consultmed and email the referral form (below) to

CICADA Adolescent Service

The CICADA Adolescent Service provides clinical services, primarily the assessment and management of young people under 16 years, presenting to hospital with substance use. 

It provides leadership in developing effective responses to alcohol and illicit drug use by young people and provides prevention, harm minimisation and management of the health consequences associated with drug use.

When: By appointment


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

Phone 9845 2446 


Bright Alliance Building, Sydney Children's Hospital at Randwick. 

Phone 9382 5451 

Send a referral electronically via Consultmed or email the referral form (below) to


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Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder (FASD)

  • The Australian Guide to the diagnosis of FASD was produced to assist clinicians in the diagnosis, referral and management of Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder (FASD). It contains the Australian FASD Diagnostic Instrument and information about how to use the instrument. It provides clinicians with diagnostic criteria for FASD, which were agreed following a review of existing guidelines and consultation with clinical experts (released May 2016) is available here Australian FASD Diagnostic Instrument
  • The support the use of the Australian Diagnostic Instrument and Guide are now available here Australian FASD Diagnostic Instrument e-Learning Modules
  • The National Organisation for Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders Australia (NOFASD Australia) is an independent not-for-profit charitable organisation. NOFASD Australia is the national peak organisation representing the interests of individuals and families living with FASD. NOFASD Australia also provides education and training workshops to parent and carer groups, government and non-government service providers and school communities throughout Australia. Find out more at
  • Russell Family Fetal Alcohol Disorders Association (RFFADA) is a national not-for-profit health promotion charity dedicated to prevention and ensuring that individuals affected prenatally by alcohol have access to diagnostic services, support and multidisciplinary management planning in Australia and that parents and caregivers are supported with a “no blame no shame” ethos.8 Magic Keys, educational support strategies for children with FASD 
  • FASD Hub AustraliaThis online resource is a one-stop shop for information, tools and resources that are current and evidence based about FASD in Australia. It provides tailored information for health professionals, parents and carers, other professionals (including for justice, education, child protection and disability services), researchers and policy makers.

  • The story of alcohol use in pregnancy video featuring Prof Elizabeth Elliot from FARE Australia. The Foundation for Alcohol Research and Education (FARE) is an independent, not-for-profit organisation working to stop the harm caused by alcohol. 


Youth drug and alcohol information


Interactive websites for youth

Drug use in the family

  • Children Of Parents With a Mental Illness (COPMI) Website full of resources and training
  • Family Drug Support  Information for families and friends of people who are using drugs. It is particularly useful for those who have never been involved in drug use who find themselves in a situation they find difficult to understand. 
  • Raising Children network Article about parenting as a drug user
  • Family Drug Help Specialist service to support family members and friends who are concerned about a loved one’s alcohol and other drug use
  • Mirabel Foundation The Mirabel Foundation works specifically to assist children being raised by grandparents and other family members due to parental illicit drug use. Mirabel supports kinship carers regardless of their legal or statutory status.
  • Responseability Response Ability is an initiative of the Australian Government Department of Health in partnership with tertiary educators throughout Australia. It aims to promote the social and emotional wellbeing, or mental health, of children and young people.
  • Caretakers Cottage - Options youth housing Options is a transitional accommodation service for young people aged 16 to 25. Work towards independence from the social welfare system. Offers affordable housing, individual case management, advocacy, referrals, personal support, budgeting and financial support, education and employment support, living skills development
  • Marist Youth Care Services designed to help young people who are homeless, at risk of homelessness or living away from family. They provide accommodation, focus on addressing issues faced by young people and help them develop skills for independent living. 
  • Youth on track Early intervention scheme for 10–17 year-olds for young people at risk of long-term involvement in the criminal justice system. Police and Education can refer young people known to be at medium/high risk of offending without requiring a mandate.


External support agencies

Youth Health

  • Y Foundations A great website that provides a hub for youth health services across NSW

Drug and alcohol services

  • Nepean Youth Drug and Alcohol Service (12 - 20 years) (02) 4734 2129 or (02) 4374 1333
  • Smart Recovery Self-management and Recovery Training Australia free group program assisting any problematic behaviours, including addiction to drugs, alcohol, cigarettes, gambling, food, shopping, Internet and others
  • Odyssey House provides services to support drug users, their families and friends
  • Alcohol and Drug Information Service (ADIS) provides information, telephone counselling and referrals for people struggling with alcohol and other drug use, families and friends of users, and health and welfare professionals. Phone: (02) 9361 8000 or 1800 422 599

Suicide prevention

Mental Health

  • HeadSpace Government service and website with information to assist young people. 
  • Mental Health Association Offers information and education advice about protecting mental health, mutual support and advocacy services.
  • Beyond Blue  National initiative to raise awareness of anxiety and depression, providing resources for recovery, management and resilience.
  • Black dog Institute A leading Australian clinic and research facility into depression.
  • SANE Australia SANE Australia is a national charity helping all Australians affected by mental illness lead a better life – through campaigning, education and research.



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