Neurophysiology tests

The Queensland Children’s Hospital Neurosciences Unit offers a range of public inpatient and outpatient neurophysiology tests including:

  • electroencephalogram (EEG), including standard, sleep, prolonged, ambulatory and inpatient video telemetry EEG. These are provided under the:
    • Acute EEG Service (for critical inpatient tests)
    • outpatient service (for general EEG types)
    • Epilepsy Monitoring Unit team (for specialised elective EEG types).
  • nerve conduction studies (NCS)
  • electromyogram (EMG)
  • visual evoked potentials (VEP)
  • electroretinogram (ERG)
  • somatosensory evoked potentials (SSEP)
  • intra-operative neurophysiology testing (spinal monitoring, electrocortigraphy).

When does neurophysiology testing help?

Neurophysiology tests can help with a young person’s clinical care only in very specific circumstances. There are a large number of variations that can occur in the findings of neurophysiology tests in healthy individuals, so defining what is a normal or abnormal test result is not always straight-forward. These tests can also be affected by technical equipment. For these reasons, our doctors are particularly careful to only conduct a neurophysiology test when it will safely contribute to a child’s healthcare.

EEGs

A list of conditions where testing with electroencephalograph (EEG) does not help can be found on our information and resource page, together with advice on how to tell if a staring child is having seizures or not, and how to tell when a child with autism or challenging behaviour needs an EEG.

Neurophysiology clinics

Level 6C, Queensland Children’s Hospital, South Brisbane, QLD 4101
Monday to Friday  |  9am-4pm
t: 07 3068 2880

Who can access this service?

Young people can access this service when their treating specialist (usually a consultant paediatrician) submits a test request. This is then assessed by our neurologists to determine whether the test is likely to add to clinical care.

Appointments are allocated on a clinical prioritisation basis.

New patients

Referrals are accepted up to a young person’s 16th birthday for children with conditions that fall within the scope of our service. Your referring doctor can check this on the Queensland Health Clinical Prioritisation Criteria website.

Existing Queensland Children’s Hospital patients with complex care needs

Referrals are accepted up to a young person’s 18th birthday (patients are usually transitioned to adult services by this time).

Catchment area

Paediatric neurophysiology tests are available at several hospitals across Queensland, including:

  • Queensland Children’s Hospital
  • Sunshine Coast University Hospital
  • Gold Coast University Hospital
  • Cairns Base Hospital
  • Mackay Base Hospital
  • Townsville Hospital
  • Rockhampton Base Hospital
  • Toowoomba Base Hospital.

Your child’s neurophysiology test will be carried out at one of the hospitals listed above based on where you live – the catchment area your home address falls into. If you don’t fall into one of the above hospital catchment areas, your child will have their test at the Queensland Children’s Hospital.

Please note: Referrals to the Queensland Children’s Hospital for children that fall within one of the other hospital catchment areas listed above, will be redirected.

Check your catchment area by using our Hospital catchment finder.

Paediatric EEGs that are carried out at other hospitals will still be reviewed by neurologists at the Queensland Children’s Hospital through our reporting service, as all test results are electronically transferred to our team.

Referral information

Your child’s treating doctor will need to submit a test request to access this service. Test requests are accepted from:

  • paediatric specialists
  • emergency specialists
  • general practitioners (if the healthcare decision to be answered by the neurophysiology test is clear, otherwise referral to the General Paediatric Service may be suggested first to determine if the test is required)
  • download EEG referral form.

Other referral/appointment information

Neurophysiology tests are bulk-billed. Once your test request has been received, you will receive an acknowledgement. Test requests are triaged, and appointments are allocated into one of three time frames:

  • urgent (5 working days)
  • soon (4 weeks)
  • routine (6 weeks).

Once an appointment is scheduled you will receive a letter, phone call or text message to notify you of the date. Please arrive 15 minutes before your child’s scheduled appointment time to allow for parking, finding your way to the unit and checking in at the front desk.

Before you arrive at the hospital for your child’s test, please follow the instructions in the test information sheet that should have been provided to you

If you need to cancel or reschedule your appointment, call the number below as soon as possible so the space can be offered to another patient.
t: 07 3068 2880

Our team

Advanced neurophysiology scientists

Jane Brass, Clinical Lead Neurosciences
Sandra Gurr, Clinical Lead Eppilepsy Monitoring Unit

Senior neurophysiology scientists

Michelle Smit
Kylie Hale
Susan Koklas
Eden Bartak

Neuroscientists

Georgina Koloi
Joanne Robertson
Mary Kent
Jacob Leslie Robinson
Laura Rolton
Kirsty Smith
Stephanie Philip

Clinical assistant

Sharon Cryan

This service is available at

Metabolic Medicine and Neurosciences (6c)
Queensland Children’s Hospital

Level 6
501 Stanley Street
South Brisbane
QLD 4101
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Contact details

t: 07 3068 2880  |  07 3068 1111 (after hours via hospital switchboard)
e: CHQ_Neurosciences@health.qld.gov.au

Operating hours

Monday to Friday, business hours 9am-4pm (excluding public holidays).