The Child Development Service (CDS) is a specialist team that takes referrals from other professionals. We are reserved for clients that have complex developmental problems e.g. Global Developmental Delay, Autism or an Intellectual Disability.
The Child Development Service is established to provide
Diagnostic Assessment for children with significant developmental problems, which may be prolonged, complex or serious in nature. The children seen typically have delays across multiple developmental domains such as movement and coordination, communication, socialisation, self-help and problem solving.
Most developmental issues are identified and managed by local health professionals, without needing referral to the Child Development Service. Click on the links below:
Northern Sydney Local Health District (NSLHD) Community Paediatrician and Child and Family Health Nursing
CDS is a tertiary service, reserved for children with more complicated and prolonged developmental concerns. Children referred have had
early intervention (there are exceptions in some circumstances) and evaluation by another professional. (Paediatricians, Child and Family Health (CFH) Nurses, Speech Pathologists, Occupational Therapists and Early Childhood Educators are common referrers).
Development concerns in children are firstly evaluated and managed by professionals such as a Paediatrician, CFH Nurse, Allied Health therapist (Speech, Occupational or Physiotherapist), Psychologist, Early Childhood Educator and/or GP.
early intervention will assist with improvements.
Who is Eligible?
meet all the criteria below:
NSLHD provides CDS services to all residents living in the following Local Government Areas (LGAs):
Northern Beaches (formerly Manly, Warringah and Pittwater LGAs), Mosman, North Sydney, Ryde, Lane Cove, Willoughby, Hunters Hill, Ku-ring-gai and Hornsby.
There are a small group of Epping residents, who live within Parramatta LGA, however they remain residents of NSLHD's service area. For clients living in the Epping area, we recommend you contact the relevant service, as our staff are able to enter the child's address into geo-mapping software, to confirm which local health district provides services.
To make an appointment at the CDS, a referral will first need to be accepted.
All referrals go through an intake process prior to being accepted and require our referral form to be filled in by an early childhood professional such as a Paediatrician, Speech Pathologist , Occupational Therapist, Child Care educator or GP.
If the referral is not suitable, advice is given on alternative services.
Referral forms for health professionals can be found
Families can make inquiries by calling us.
The conditions diagnosed through our assessments commonly include
Global Developmental Delay,
Intellectual Disability and Autism Spectrum Disorder.
The main role of a Diagnosis and Assessment Service is to:
CHILD DEVELOPMENT SERVICE
RNSH Community Health CentreLevel 22C Herbert Street
ST LEONARDS NSW 2065
Tel: 02 9462 9288 Fax: 02 9462 9066
Email: NSLHD-CDS@health.nsw.gov.auHours of Operation:
Monday- Friday 9am - 5pm
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