Nurse Navigator – Autism Spectrum Disorder

Nurse Navigators, based at the Queensland Children’s Hospital, work with families and hospital doctors to identify and monitor the healthcare requirements of children with high needs, develop tailored care plans and facilitate timely access to appropriate services.

The Nurse Navigator for Autism Spectrum Disorder (NN-ASD) works with families, communities and professionals to understand and support the needs of children and young people who have a diagnosis of autism spectrum disorder and challenging behaviours/medical complexity.

The NN-ASD position is part of the Child Development Program and works out of the Queensland Children’s Hospital. This is a statewide service and there are several outpatient and inpatient referral pathways for access to the NN-ASD.

Accessing our services

Referrals to the NN-ASD are accepted for children with a formal diagnosis of Autism Spectrum Disorder.

Engagement with a General Paediatrician or Developmental Behavioural Paediatrician is recommended, if available. For families who are not currently engaged with a Paediatrician, shared care with a local General Practitioner is recommended.

If a child is a current client of the Child Development Program, no referral is required to access the NN-ASD, however consultant Paediatrician engagement regarding the referral is recommended.

For children who are not current clients, referral to the Child Development Program is required.

Referring a child or young person

Referrals can be made through the Community Access and Bookings Service (CABS) by 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:

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

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