The Department of Neurosciences provides outpatient and inpatient services for children and adolescents with conditions including:
- neuromuscular disease
- neonatal neurology issues
- complex headache
- movement disorders.
We also offer a comprehensive epilepsy program and neurophysiology studies such as electroencephalogram, videotelemetry, nerve conduction studies and evoked potentials.
Neurosciences clinics run from Monday to Friday.
Family Handbook for Neurosciences
The Neurosciences team at Queensland Children’s Hospital have developed a handbook to help patients and families who are receiving treatment for a neurological condition. This handbook will guide you all the way through your journey at the hospital, from finding your way around the wards and clinics to understanding your child’s treatment and accessing support services. We hope this handbook empowers you to be a champion for your child’s health as we work together to give them the best possible care.
Download the Family Handbook for Neurosciences
Who can access this service?
Referrals are accepted up to a child’s 16th birthday.
Existing patients with complex care needs
Referrals are accepted up to a child’s 18th birthday (patients are usually transitioned to adult services by this time).
This service is available to children living in Queensland and northern New South Wales.
Do I need a referral?
You will need a formal referral to access this service.
How do I get a referral?
Referrals are accepted from:
- general paediatricians
- general practitioners (only in exceptional circumstances after discussion with the neurologist at the Queensland Children’s Hospital).
Other referral information
Please make sure you confirm the day and time of your appointment before attending the hospital. We also advise that you arrive 15 minutes prior to your appointment to allow for check-in and nursing evaluation. Please also allow enough time to find your way and check in at reception.
If you need to cancel or reschedule your appointment, please notify staff by calling the number below as soon as possible so that it can be offered to another patient.
t: 07 3068 2880
We advise that your child wears loose comfortable clothing to their appointment to allow for a full and accurate examination.
Wait times are determined by clinical urgency.
We would appreciate at least 48 hours notice when cancelling an appointment so that we can offer the space to another patient. There is a high demand for our services and clinics are heavily booked so there may be a lengthy delay before the next available appointment. If you require an earlier appointment please ask your GP or Paediatrician to review your child. Your child’s GP or Paediatrician can then contact our team.
Your treating consultant will be advised if you cancel your appointment and will be responsible for allocating the date for your new appointment.
Please present 15 minutes prior to your appointment time so that nursing staff can review your child.
For all appointment enquiries please phone 07 3068 2880.
For routine scripts please see your GP. If you require specific hospital scripts (medicines you cannot get from your local pharmacy) please send an email request to CHQ_Neurosciences@health.qld.gov.au and provide your child’s
- full name
- date of birth
- name of the medication and dosage.
Email requests to CHQ_Neurosciences@health.qld.gov.au. Most of these requests will be considered non-urgent and may take 5 working days to complete.
Change in clinical condition (non-urgent) or clinical enquiries
If you are worried about your child’s condition please speak with your GP or paediatrician. If you are unable to contact your GP or paediatrician please phone 07 3068 2880.
Change in clinical condition (urgent)
Please call the Ambulance on 000 or attend your local Emergency Department.
If you are waiting on a report for your child’s EEG, MRI or for other test results, this should be provided at a follow up appointment.
If you do not have a follow up appointment booked, please email the Department of Neurosciences at CHQ_Neurosciences@health.qld.gov.au.
In special circumstances or if you have prior arrangements with your neurologist you may be contacted by your child’s doctor who will discuss the report.
Medicinal cannabis treatment plans
A referral pathway for the medicinal cannabis product Epidiolex® (a liquid form of purified cannabidiol) has been established in Queensland for
children with conditions clinically-evidenced to benefit from the medication – this currently includes Dravet Syndrome and Lennox-Gastaut Syndrome.
Talk to your child’s paediatric neurologist about whether medical cannabis would be a suitable treatment option.
If a child does not qualify for treatment with Epidiolex® via the established pathway, Children’s Health Queensland specialists will work
with the child’s family to discuss alternative treatment plans and medications that would be better suited for the child’s specific condition and symptoms.
Compassionate Access Scheme:
The Queensland Government’s three-year medicinal cannabis clinical trial for children with severe treatment-resistant epilepsy has concluded.
The clinical trial, delivered by Children’s Health Queensland via a Compassionate Access Scheme, was established in 2016 when there were no avenues for children to safely access medicinal cannabis treatment in Queensland. Since 2016, significant legislative changes at a State and Federal level have streamlined approval processes for prescribing medicinal cannabis, making access easier and faster, while maintaining strict safeguards for individual and community safety.
Children’s Health Queensland and the Queensland Government remain committed to a program of research into medicinal cannabis for children with rare neurological disorders.
Information for health professionals
For urgent EEG referrals these should be discussed with the on-call consultant. For urgent patient enquiries to be discussed with the on-call neurology team.
t: 07 3068 1111
For non-urgent enquiries relating to a specific patient leave a message for the lead consultant to return your call via the hospital switchboard.
t: 07 3068 1111
For all calls, emails or messages please provide your child’s:
- full name
- date of birth
- hospital number
- treating consultant
- nature of your enquiry.
This will help us to direct your message to the right person, the first time and enable timely follow up to your enquiry.
Young Person’s Medication Change Plan (twice a day medication)
Young Person’s Medication Change Plan (three times a day medication)
Young Person’s Plan for Seizure Escalation
Young Person’s Seizure Emergency (and Midazolam) instruction
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Dr Adriane Sinclair MBBS, FRACP
Dr Kate Sinclair MBBS, FRACP
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