Queensland Children’s Motion Analysis Service

The Queensland Children’s Motion Analysis Service (QCMAS), formerly known as the Gait Laboratory, is part of the Department of Orthopaedics. The service provides state-of-the-art, assessments of gait (walking) and energy expenditure to improve gait performance, reduce pain while walking and increase efficiency. We provide care for children and young people with:

  • cerebral palsy
  • spina bifida
  • traumatic and other acquired brain injuries
  • spinal cord injury or disease
  • amputations and limb deficiency
  • other complex low incidence conditions.


Motion Analysis / Gait Studies
Monday to Friday.

Who can access this service?

Referrals are accepted up to a child’s 18th birthday.

The service also extends to young adults past the age of transition to adult care if they are on a clinical pathway requiring an assessment.

Catchment area

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 medical specialists.

Other referral information

All patients will require a current referral from a medical specialist before an appointment can be booked. Wait times vary depending on clinical information such as medical concern, pain and change in function. We will contact each family to organise a suitable appointment time and discuss the assessments.

What to bring to your appointment

Please bring any walking aids used, including walkers and orthoses. Tests can take several hours so you should bring some food and a drink for your child to eat during the assessment. It is also important that children get plenty of sleep the previous evening and eat breakfast or lunch prior to their attendance.

We ask that children bring clothing similar to that listed below so that their movements can be analysed as accurately as possible.

Two-piece swimsuit, bike pants or underwear and a fitted t-shirt, a singlet style crop top preferred.

Swimsuit, bike pants, or underwear. No t-shirt is preferred but a short singlet top will be suitable.

During your appointment

Depending on ability and the reason for referral, different assessments will be completed during the appointment. The tests include video of walking, physiotherapy assessment, electromyography, 3D Gait Analysis, energy expenditure and pedobarograph. More information on the assessments will be included in the information sheets provided with your appointment letter. The appointment will take between 90 minutes and 4 hours depending on the number of tests performed.

Information for health professionals

The QCMAS provides the following services:

  • Three-Dimensional Gait Analysis (3DGA) (2-3 hrs) with detailed foot model (2½ – 3½ hrs).
  • Detailed musculoskeletal and split screen video analysis (1½ hrs).
  • Energy Expenditure Analysis (can be combined with 3DGA) (40-60 mins).
  • Pedobarograph (Foot pressure assessments in standing or walking, 40-60 mins).

Referral instructions

Referrals should be submitted via the QCH referral centre.

Please contact us for all queries regarding services and assessment requirements.
t: 07 3069 7190
e: QCMAS@health.qld.gov.au

Urgent referrals
Please contact Team Leader, Teresa Phillips for all urgent referrals.
t: 07 3069 7193

Referrals should include a diagnosis, background information, a clinical question, the required assessments and any time limitations, e.g. intervention date.

After a referral is received from a medical specialist an appointment will be organised. Wait time will vary depending on clinical information such as medical concern, pain and change in function. We will contact each family to organise a suitable appointment time and discuss the assessments.

Assessments take between 90min and 4 hours depending on the information required. In some instances, children must stand in one place for up to 30min for marker placements. They will also need to walk up to 400m for a full 3DGA. If you are concerned a child will not be able to complete the physical requirements or follow instructions for the necessary time, please contact us and discuss what tests should be performed before referring.

Our team


Dr David Bade
Dr Bade completed his medical and orthopaedic surgical training in Queensland. He underwent further training in paediatric orthopaedics and completed a Fellowship at the British Columbia Children’s Hospital, Vancouver. Dr Bade provides outreach services to Townsville and Roma.
Hip conditions from infancy to adolescence, sports injuries of the knee and ankle, neuromuscular conditions, paediatric fractures and general paediatric orthopaedics.

Dr John Walsh
Associate Professor Walsh is an orthopaedic surgeon with clinical interests in paediatric orthopaedics and neuromuscular diseases in children.
He completed his undergraduate training at Manchester University before obtaining his Fellowship with The Royal College of Surgeons, London. Following this, A/Prof Walsh completed his Masters in Orthopaedics in Liverpool.
Dr Walsh opened the first gait lab at Alder Hey Hospital in Liverpool and instigated the inaugural paediatric orthopaedic instructional course for the orthopaedic fellowship of the combined Royal Colleges of Surgeons, United Kingdom.
Neuromuscular diseases in children and general paediatric conditions.

Clinical Lead and Rehabilitation Engineer

Teresa Phillips

Physiotherapy Lead

Michael DeLacy

Research Lead

Dr Christopher Carty

This service is available at

Queensland Children’s Motion Analysis Service (Level 5)
Level 5
62 Graham Street
South Brisbane
QLD 4101
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We are located on Level 5 of The Centre for Children’s Health Research (CCHR) building, which is across the road from the Queensland Children’s Hospital (QCH) on the corner of Graham Street and Raymond Terrace.

Contact details

Please contact us to confirm or change appointments.
t: 07 3069 7190
f: 07 3068 3909
e: QCMAS@health.qld.gov.au

Operating hours

Monday to Friday, 8am–4pm.

Related services

Orthopaedics Department
Rehabilitation Service