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Child Development Service (CDS)

The Child Development Service is a community-based, multidisciplinary paediatric medical service involved in the assessment and management of children prior to school entry to up to ten years. CDS also offers specific diagnostic assessment clinics which have their own age criteria.

Child Development Service work with families to clarify the reasons for the child’s developmental problems, identify strengths that will promote development and offer assistance.

Our services

Child Development Service offers several programs:

  • Multidisciplinary assessment / therapy for children with complex developmental concerns
  • Diagnostic assessment clinics
  • Autism Spectrum Disorders two to six years
  • Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders zero to ten years
  • Single Discipline Assessment and Therapy: Speech Therapy, Occupational Therapy and Physiotherapy
  • Paediatric Developmental Clinic
  • Parent education sessions
  • Group therapy

Services will vary depending on eligibility criteria and individual needs of the child and their family.

Services may include: information packs, parent education sessions, screening clinics, multidisciplinary assessments, goal setting with family, links to appropriate external agencies and if required: group, individual, or family therapy.

Our priority is ensuring evidence based family-centered practice and we strongly encourage families to participate in identifying priority goals for both the assessment and therapy for their child.

Child Development Service programs are available to children and their families who live within the Gold Coast Hospital and Health Service  (from the NSW border to the Albert /Logan Rivers.  If a child is clearly eligible for another service, the CDS referred will not be accepted.

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The referral process

Referrals are accepted from Child Health Nurses, GPs, Paediatricians and other Allied Health Staff.

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Our staff

Our team includes:

  • Administration Officers
  • Clinical Intake Officer
  • Paediatrician / Paediatric Neurologist / Paediatric Registrars
  • Psychologists
  • Speech Language Pathologists
  • Occupational Therapists
  • Physiotherapists
  • Social Worker
  • Paediatric Dieticians

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Our research

CDS has a strong commitment in conducting best practice evidence based clinical research. We believe that this optimises our knowledge and skills in clinical practice, teaching and training. Child Development Service has developed strong pathways with local universities, hospitals and non-government agencies.

Current projects include:

  • Ongoing evaluation of a new model of health service delivery with Griffith University Gold Coast;
  • FASD service evaluation in collaboration with Griffith University;
  • Implementation/evaluation of a group parent/child attachment program with Griffith University Gold Coast and Colorado State University.

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Southport Health Precinct
Level 3, 16-30 High Street
Southport, Qld 4215

Palm Beach Community Health Centre
9 Fifth Avenue
Palm Beach Qld 4221

Helensvale Community Health Centre
105 Lindfield Road
Helensvale Qld 4212

Contact CDS
Reception: (07) 5687 9183
Fax: (07) 5687 9168
Community Child Health
PO Box 206
Southport Qld 4215