The Alfred CYMHS neuropsychiatry clinic aims to assess and assist children and youth with complex psychiatric and medical presentations, aged from 0-24 years.
Clinical service overview
It is staffed by a child psychiatrist, speech pathologist, neuropsychologist and senior psychiatry registrar. Allied health professionals complete additional investigations and case conference with the neuropsychiatry clinic staff as necessary.
The clinic is an assessment clinic only and does not offer ongoing intervention or extended case management. The clinic will accept a referral if the patient meets the below criteria for a primary referral. Secondary consultation may be provided to clinicians within Alfred CYMHS, and to interested outside agencies by arrangement.
The target population comprises children who have:
- emotional or behavioural difficulties, and
- have, or are suspected to have, a medical, neurological condition, or early developmental trauma which affects brain function, for example:
- hydrocephalus, seizure disorders, traumatic brain injury, acquired brain injuries (such those caused by foetal alcohol syndrome, tumours, leukaemia, meningitis and encephalitis), diabetes, metabolic/endocrine/genetic syndromes, complex medication issues, primary neuropsychiatric disorders such as Tourette’s disorder and neurodegenerative disorders, complex learning issues
The clinic will also consider assessment of children with complex sensory deficits.
Following comprehensive assessment a report with recommendations will be provided to the referrer.
The following children would not be appropriate for assessment by the Neuropsychiatry Clinic:
- patients requiring assessment from only one discipline, such as speech pathology
- where the primary aim of the referral is to diagnose an Autism Spectrum Disorder (the Alfred CYMHS Developmental Assessment and Management Program is the more appropriate team)
Refer your patient
- Referral phone (03) 8552 0555
- Referral fax (03) 8552 0444
Special referral instructions
Referrals to the clinic are made to the Neuropsychiatry Clinic Team Leader.
Referrals typically come from paediatricians, psychologists, GPs, other allied health and schools.
Call the intake worker to discuss a potential referral prior to faxing the referral form. This is to ensure that there is not a delay in treatment if the client is not suitable for the service.
If the intake worker accepts the verbal referral, complete the CYMHS referral form and fax to the service.
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