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Early Childhood Development

Community Child Health

Community Child Health offer a wide range of free health services to families with children from conception to completion of high school.  These are provided within a Primary Health Care framework and are available from a variety of locations on the Gold Coast. 

 

Community Child Health Nurses specialise in screening for childhood developmental delay and behavioural concerns. Child Health Nurses follow the NHMRC guidelines for assessing growth and development for children under 3 ½ years of age and utilise the PEDS Screening tool as outlined in the Queensland Personal Health Record book. For children over 3 ½ years the Brigance, a validated screening tool providing a norm-referenced developmental score. To further support their assessment for children over 4 years of age the Child Health Nurses also conduct a comprehensive hearing screen comprising audiometry, tympanometry and otoscopy.

These pre-school aged screening services are available at most of the Community Child Health Clinics on the Gold Coast and appointments may be arranged by telephoning 07 5687 9183
 

Nurses work closely with parents to support their access to the most appropriate referral agencies to address their children’s identified concerns. They also work collaboratively with paediatricians and allied health staff from the Gold Coast Health Child Development Service (CDS) to determine children’s eligibility for access to the mutidisciplinary services and programs provided by the CDS team.

 

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