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Child Development Service, Cairns


The Child Development Service assists children referred to maximise their developmental potential and functional abilities. New Referrals received are discussed at our weekly multidisciplinary case conference.

Referral must require support in more than one developmental area:



Social Worker

Speech Pathology 

  • Counselling
  • Advocacy
  • Resources On Services
  • Financial Information
  • General Support For Families
  • Feeding
  • Early child-carer interaction and communication
  • Language development 
  • Speech production
  • Augmentative and alternative communication systems


Occupational Therapy

  • Developmental delays which may affect physical development
  • Treatment programs
  • Exercises
  • Neuro-developmental therapy
  • Mobilisation
  • Stretching
  • Strengthening
  • Postural education
  • Assessment and screening of "at risk" infants
  • Provision of special needs equipment eg seating, standing, mobility and supporting postures
  • Development of play and social skills
  • Development of functional hand skills
  • Developmental delays in everyday tasks such as bathing, toileting, dressing, feeding and brushing their teeth  
  • Physical disabilities
  • Coordination skills
  • Prescribe specialised equipment eg. sleep systems, bathing equipment, supported seating and strollers, wheelchairs, splints, compression garments, switch toys and communication aids
  • Assist with undesired behaviour associated with disability or developmental delay
  • Educate on common sensory related issues
  • Improve attention and concentration 
  • Liaise with other agencies

Who can refer?

  • Parents, guardians, foster carers of the child
  • Daycare centres
  • Health Staff 
  • General Practitioners
  • Paediatritians

How to Refer

Please complete all sections of the Referral Form and fax to the Child Development Service on +61 7 4226 4364

Accepted Referrals

The referrals that are accepted will be placed on our waitlist. The parents/carers will be contacted by a member of our team by phone or mail and they will also be asked to complete a Health Questionnaire form for their child.

Unaccepted Referrals

The initial referrer will be notified and advised of possible alternative options.

Last updated: 17 April 2013