For health professionals

The Queensland Children’s Hospital Interdisciplinary Feeding Service provides feeding intervention based on each child’s individual needs. These services are only offered to children eligible for services at Queensland Children’s Hospital.

The service team receives contact from a variety of external providers asking additional questions regarding service models and/or options. We have collated common questions and responses below.

Does the Queensland Children’s Hospital Interdisciplinary Feeding Team offer ‘intensive’ feeding support?

The Queensland Children’s Hospital Interdisciplinary Feeding Team provides feeding intervention using a variety of service delivery methods, based on each child’s individual needs. While we do offer intensive intervention blocks to appropriate individuals, these services are only offered to children eligible for services at Queensland Children’s Hospital. If a therapist identifies that a child would benefit from an intensive intervention block, we would encourage their treating facility to consider how they could best offer this type of service within their facility. We do offer guidance to local services to adjust more traditional service models.

Inpatient admissions for feeding support at Queensland Children’s Hospital need to be negotiated with the family and Queensland Children’s Hospital-based medical and allied health services. Inpatient admissions are typically only appropriate after a trial of a more intensive outpatient service.

Typically, this involves teleconsultation between the child’s treating team (e.g. speech pathologist, dietitian, paediatrician), the family and the Queensland Children’s Hospital Interdisciplinary Feeding Team to identify an appropriate feeding plan moving forward (e.g. tube feeding exit plan and/or weaning plan).

Can I get a ‘second opinion’ (consultation) from the Queensland Children’s Hospital Interdisciplinary Feeding Team?

The Queensland Children’s Hospital Feeding Team provides consultative opinions for medically complex children where their treating team feels a specialised consult is required to further progress the child’s feeding.

Please note: this is not a transfer of care, and the child’s treating team will be responsible for ongoing implementation and execution of the feeding plan.

Referral instructions

Children’s Health Queensland medical practitioners should use the Clinical Forms Catalogue on the Children’s Health Queensland intranet (QHEPS) to access allied health referral forms.

Training and support for health professionals

Queensland Children’s Hospital has developed a series of free e-learning courses to support speech pathologists (public and private) to expand their capability for working with children with feeding difficulties. The modules may be of interest to other health professionals to support inter-professional collaborative practice and participation is welcomed. Further information about this resource is available in the Paediatric feeding learning framework guide.

Novice course

Foundation course