Interdisciplinary Feeding Service
The Queensland Children’s Hospital Interdisciplinary Feeding Service provides specialist feeding support to children and young people up to 18 years with complex medical backgrounds.
Children and young people managed through the service include children who:
- have concerns regarding swallow safety
- are having medical investigations related to their feeding (e.g., gastroenterological investigations)
- have significant concerns regarding growth (e.g. faltering growth)
- are tube-feeding dependent and require specialist level assessment and management
- have significant behavioural, sensory and/or psychosocial concerns in the context of a complex medical background.
Who can access this service?
This service is available to children and young people who:
- are attending specialist medical appointments at the Queensland Children’s Hospital (e.g. paediatrician, respiratory physician), or
- have complex medical needs requiring multiple specialists at Queensland Children’s Hospital, or
- require further instrumental investigation of swallow safety for videofluoroscopic swallow studies.
A formal referral from a health professional is required. Referrals are accepted from:
- Children’s Health Queensland health professionals (e.g. medical specialists, allied health)
- general practitioners (GPs) and private medical specialists for videofluoroscopic swallow studies.
A referral may be accepted from a medical professional outside of Children’s Health Queensland (e.g. private specialist) if:
- a second, specialist opinion is required to contribute to the management of the child’s feeding/swallowing
- the child’s medical care is being transferred to Queensland Children’s Hospital from a tertiary hospital service in another state
- an alternative allied health service is not otherwise available and written approval is provided via a multidisciplinary triage process involving a number of Queensland Children’s Hospital allied health disciplines.
Referrals are not accepted for children and young people who do not have complex medical needs, whose medical and developmental needs are well understood or whose needs are able to be met by another service, such as a local hospital and health services or the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS).
If your child is not eligible for feeding support at the Queensland Children’s Hospital, you may be able to access other services at your local hospital and/or community health service.
Alternative service providers
If your child is not eligible for feeding support at Queensland Children’s Hospital, you may be able to access feeding services through a variety of other avenues including:
Queensland Children’s Hospital
501 Stanley Street
t: 07 3068 2850 (Monday to Friday, 8am–4pm)