Child Development Program

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The Child Development Program works with families, communities and professionals to understand the needs of children and young people who are experiencing developmental problems.

It is a specialist public health service which provides multidisciplinary, diagnostic assessment and intervention. By using a family-centred approach, the program empowers parents and carers to gain a deeper understanding of their child’s developmental strengths and difficulties.

The multidisciplinary team assists families to make informed choices about setting developmental and participation goals for their child or young person to support their best-possible developmental outcomes and participation in daily life.

Specialist outpatient and inpatient consultation services are provided at the Queensland Children’s Hospital for children with specific developmental disorders, rare conditions and developmental disorders, comorbid medical conditions and disabilities with complex neuro-developmental difficulties.

Specialist multidisciplinary outpatient clinics – and second-opinion consultations, upon request – are available at select sites across the Greater Brisbane area.


  • Coorparoo
  • Browns Plains
  • Inala
  • Keperra
  • Queensland Children’s Hospital
  • Logan
  • North Lakes
  • Redlands
  • Strathpine
  • Wynnum

Accessing our services

Consultations are by appointment only. Referrals to the service are accepted from GPs and hospital and private consultants.

Families seeking an initial appointment should contact their GP to discuss their concerns. GPs can assist with appropriate developmental referrals or support options.

For more information on eligibility for services, waiting times, developmental advice and other service options, such as private therapists and community organisations, phone the Child Development Access Service on 1300 366 039.

Referring a child or young person

Referrals can be made from a GP, paediatrician or another medical specialist. The referring practitioner must provide information about the presenting developmental concerns and ensure pre-referral guideline criteria are addressed.

Pre-referral guidelines and a referral form link can be found here:

The Red Flag Early Intervention Guide is a resource to support professionals and families to have conversations about developmental concerns.

The tool in the link below is not a screening resource, but the Red Flags provide prompts for professionals and families to consider developmental skills, abilities, strengths and difficulties in the context of family life and a child’s individual biological, social and environmental factors, prior to consideration of a more standardised assessment and/or referral.

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