Raising the "Red Flag" - Early Intervention Referral Guide for children 0 - 5 years. Early childhood developmental milestones and early intervention referrals.
What are the "Red Flag" early intervention referral guidelines?
The "Red Flag" guide is a health resource to assist parents, carers and professionals to identify concerns regarding their child's development early, so they can gain assistance from the right professional at the right time. This resource can also be used in the role of engaging parents when discussing child development.
For health professionals
If you do have concerns regarding a child's development, please contact their Child Health Nurse or our Allied Health Team and we will screen (briefly assess) the child's development and help to develop an intervention plan, if necessary.
For more information on the referral process to our Paediatricians visit the GP Referral website:
Early childhood developmental milestones
All children develop at different rates, although most children follow a progressive pattern of development, which we recognise as milestones. The range of 'normal' development varies greatly e.g. toddlers usually walk between 12 - 18 months, with some babies walking well before their first birthday.
Some children are slower than others, and may "catch up" with time - although if your child has not reached an important milestone by a recommended age or you are concerned, it's best to seek advice.
Other children, however, may have an underlying problem that causes continuous delayed development. It is important for these children to get as much treatment (early intervention) as possible.
"Banana Bubs" is an initiative which was encouraged by the Banana Shire Community, in collaboration with CQ Medicare Local (CQML) and Central Queensland Hospital and Health Service (CQHHS), in response to concerns relating to the developmental skills of local children. The Banana Shire Community is keen to see that their local children have the best start in life, and that parents/carers are empowered to access help for their children. To address the community's concerns, Banana Community and Allied Health Services have simplified the early childhood development and referral process by introducing the use of the "Red Flag" early intervention referral guidelines developed by Community Child Health Services, Children's Health Services. The "Red Flag" guideline is a resource tool to help parents determine whether their child may have developmental delays.
One or more "Red Flags" (in any area) are a sign of delayed development. If you are concerned about any aspect of your child's development:
- phone (07) 4992 7000 Banana Community and Allied Health Services
- visit your doctor / GP www.nhsd.com.au
- phone 13 HEALTH (13 43 25 84) to talk to a registered nurse.
If you are in doubt, it is better to have your concerns checked than to 'wait and see'.
Resources developed for Banana bubs initiative
Banana Community and Allied Health Services
Biloela Hospital, Hospital Road, BILOELA
Phone (07) 4992 7000
Office Hours: 8.00 am to 4.30 pm - Monday to Friday
Please phone, and discuss your concerns briefly with our helpful admin team at Biloela Hospital and we will have one of our Allied Health professionals or Child Health Nurses phone you back to explore your concerns more in-depth.