Queensland Paediatric Rehabilitation Service

The Queensland Paediatric Rehabilitation Service (QPRS) provides coordinated family-focused rehabilitation, health assessments and interventions for children and adolescents with a range of disabilities resulting from injury, illness or disease. Our goal is to maximise function, prevent or minimise predictable complications and improve quality of life for children. Our team cares for children and adolescents with:

  • acquired neurological injury or illness e.g. brain injury
  • spinal cord dysfunction
  • cerebral palsy and similar conditions
  • limb difference and amputation
  • rare complex conditions e.g. achondroplasia for developmental guidance.

Download our Queensland Paediatric Rehabilitation Service fact sheet
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We also provide the following services:

Inpatient Rehabilitation

The inpatient rehabilitation unit is located on Level 8 (8a).

Outpatient Rehabilitation

QPRS provides outpatient rehabilitation services for children accessing tertiary health services through QPRS. This includes group or individual goal directed therapy to support health interventions, splinting, casting and transition to adult services.

Day Rehabilitation Program

The Day Rehabilitation Program is conducted in the day hospital on Level 6 (6e).

Queensland Clinical Motion Analysis Service

Formerly known as the Gait Laboratory, the Queensland Clinical Motion Analysis Service is located on Level 5 of the Centre for Children’s Health Research. More information visit the QCMAS web page.

Specialised Rehabilitation Programs

QPRS has specialised multidisciplinary teams that provide rehabilitation programs tailored to the key clinical areas of limb difference, acquired brain injury (including mild traumatic brain injuries) and spinal cord injury.

Cerebral Palsy Health Programs

QPRS provides tertiary health and rehabilitation programs for children and adolescents with cerebral palsy and similar conditions. These include:

  • Hip surveillance
  • Botulinum toxin A
  • Selective dorsal rhizotomy (SDR)
  • Intrathecal baclofen (ITB)
  • Orthopaedic surgery.

Specialist Outpatient Clinics

QPRS runs the following specialist outpatient clinics:

  • Rehabilitation Medicine Clinic
  • Botulinum Toxin Injecting Clinic
  • Physical Assessment Clinic
  • Limb Difference Clinic
  • Cerebral Palsy Orthopaedic Clinic
  • Hip Surveillance Clinic
  • Neurocognitive Clinic
  • Mild Traumatic Brain Injury Clinic
  • Achondroplasia Clinic
  • Feeding and Nutrition Clinic
  • Spinal Disabilities Clinic
  • Spina Bifida Clinic.

Spina Bifida Clinic

The Spina Bifida Clinic is run by clinicians and departments including Paediatric Spina Bifida Consultants (i.e. Rehabilitation Consultants), Orthopaedics, Neurosurgery, Ophthalmology, Urology and Physiotherapy.

All referrals to this clinic should be addressed to Dr Priya Edwards, Director, Paediatric Rehabilitation (please also include referrals to other specialties if required).

For more information about referrals please see, Referring patients.

Appointments with other Medical/Allied Health teams are teams are coordinated where possible.

Please contact the Spina Bifida team by phone or email.

t: 3068 2736 (general enquiries – Spina Bifida Clinical Nurse)   |   3068 8111 (urgent issues – Rehab Registrar)
e: lcch.spinabifida@health.qld.gov.au

You can read more about Spina Bifida at – www.spinabifida.org

Statewide Services

Hubs
QPRS funds hub therapy positions at 5 regional centres: Cairns, Townsville, Mackay, Rockhampton, Gold Coast, to provide local support, therapy and co-ordination.
To contact a hub therapist please email QPRS@health.qld.gov.au.
Hip Surveillance
QPRS runs a Hip Surveillance Program which provides monitoring of hip status for early detection of subluxation for all Queensland children with a diagnosis of Cerebral Palsy or similar conditions.
Telehealth
QPRS provides the option of telehealth consultations for families and clinicians across Queensland.
Outreach Clinics
QPRS partners with paediatric teams in major regional centres to provide twice yearly multidisciplinary Paediatric Rehabilitation clinics in the following locations:

  • Cairns
  • Townsville
  • Mackay
  • Rockhampton
  • Hervey Bay
  • Bundaberg
  • Gold Coast
  • Toowoomba
  • Mount Isa

View the outreach timetable for more information or phone us on 07 3068 2950.
Education and support
QPRS provides education and support as part of outreach and statewide services.

Who can access this service?

New patients

Referrals are accepted up to 16 years of age (prior to 16th birthday). Patients with an acquired brain or spinal cord injury over 16 years of age and still at school may be referred for consultation.

Existing patients with complex care needs

Referrals are accepted up to their 18th birthday (patients are usually transitioned to adult services by this time).

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
  • general practitioners.

Other referral information

Children with complex conditions should be referred to a general paediatrician for shared care.
Cerebral palsy patients will require a general paediatrician to be involved in their care.

Please bring the following items to your appointment:

  • neuroimaging
  • hip X-rays (if available)
  • assistive devices such as walking aids or orthoses (if used).

Wait times are based on clinical information such as acuity of injury, medical concern, psychosocial complexity, pain and change in function.

Information for health professionals

The Queensland Paediatric Rehabilitation Service (QPRS) provides specialist paediatric rehabilitation for children and young people with limitations of function as a consequence of an acquired injury, illness or disease. Our goal is to maximise function, prevent or minimise predictable complications and improve quality of life for children.

Who may benefit from this service

Children with:

  • acquired neurological injury or illness e.g. brain injury
  • spinal cord dysfunction
  • cerebral palsy and similar conditions
  • limb difference and amputation
  • rare complex conditions e.g. achondroplasia for developmental guidance.

Referral instructions

Referral to QPRS for children with head injury and brain injury guideline (QH staff only)
Specialist referral requirements

  • All referrals must be made by a medical practitioner.
  • All referrals should be addressed to a named consultant.
  • All referrals should be marked Attention QPRS or Attention Queensland Paediatric Rehabilitation Service.

Please refer to the Director or named consultant (as below in the ‘Our team’ section).

Urgent referrals
Contact the rehabilitation registrar or on-call consultant via the hospital switchboard.
t: 07 3068 1111

Useful links

Better Start
Brain Child Foundation
Brain Injury Australia
CanChild
Cerebral Palsy (CP) Alliance
Cerebral Palsy Australia
Cerebral Palsy Support Network
Hemispherectomy Foundation Australia
International Spinal Cord Society
Limbs 4 Kids
Medical Aids Subsidy Scheme
National Disability Insurance Scheme
National Injury Insurance Scheme Queensland
Novita Children’s Services
Queensland Cerebral Palsy and Rehabilitation Research Centre
Queensland Cerebral Palsy Register
Queenslander with a Disability Network
Raising Children Network
RedKite
Ronald McDonald Learning Program
Royal Children’s Hospital Melbourne Rehabilitation Service
Spina Bifida Association
Spina Bifida Hydrochephalus Queensland
Sporting Wheelies
Synapse (previously Brain Injury Association of Queensland)
Westmead Children’s Hospital Rehabilitation Service

Our team

Director

Dr Edwards has more than 15 years’ experience in Paediatric rehabilitation for conditions including brain and spinal injuries, cerebral palsy and limb differences. She has experience with spasticity management and movement disorders. She is an experienced Botulinum toxin injector. Her research interests include Botulinum Toxin injections for care and comfort goals. Dr Edwards has an interest in the use of gait analysis to inform management of spasticity and movement disorders.

Interests
Botulinum toxin injector, spinal disabilities, limb difference and gait analysis.

Paediatric rehabilitation consultants

Dr Priya Edwards

Dr Copeland has been a consultant with the Queensland Paediatric Rehabilitation Service since 2008 and currently leads the paediatric intrathecal baclofen program in Queensland. Dr Copeland has special interest in the management of cerebral palsy and complex movement disorders including the use of intrathecal baclofen, deep brain stimulation and Botulinum toxin A. She is the chief investigator for the Australian Paediatric ITB research group and an associate investigator with the Predict CP study.

Interests
Paediatric rehabilitation, management of cerebral palsy, complex movement disorders.

Dr Mclennan is a paediatric rehabilitation specialist with more than ten years’ experience working with infants, children and young people with congenital and acquired neurological disabilities or limb differences. Her expertise includes rehabilitation management for patients with a neurological injury or illness such as an acquired brain and spinal cord injury. Dr Mclennan also provides management for spasticity and movement disorders including medications, Botulinum toxin A injections and selection for neurosurgical interventions.

Interests
Acquired brain injury, spinal disabilities, spasticity and movement disorders, limb difference.

Dr Carroll is a paediatric rehabilitation specialist with more than ten years’ experience working with infants, children and young people with congenital and acquired neurological disabilities. Her expertise includes rehabilitation management for patients with a neurological injury or illness such as an acquired brain or spinal cord injury. She also provides multidisciplinary management plans for spasticity and movement disorders including medications, Botulinum toxin A injections and selection for neurosurgical interventions.

Interests
Traumatic and acquired brain injury, spinal disabilities, management of spasticity and movement disorders.

Dr Gillies graduated from The University of Queensland in 1996. He achieved his fellowship in paediatrics in 2009 and a subspecialist qualification in rehabilitation medicine in 2011. Dr Gillies also graduated with an honours degree in psychology from Monash University before studying medicine.

Interests
Management of spinal cord injuries and spina bifida, movement disorders and cerebral palsy, and acquired brain injury in children.

Dr Rodwell is a rehabilitation specialist with experience in general paediatrics, developmental medicine and in managing children/adolescents with spinal disabilities. She has undertaken research in the use of botulinum toxin for the management of drooling in cerebral palsy.

Interests
Brain and spinal cord injury, management of drooling and pain in cerebral palsy, spina bifida.

Paediatricians

Dr Previtera is a paediatric specialist with more than 17 years’ experience working with infants, children and young people. She practiced as a paediatrician in Cairns for 5 years before relocating to Brisbane in 2004. Dr Previtera currently works in the Paediatric Department at Children’s Health Queensland. She has provided a paediatric service to QPRS for the last 12 years and her expertise includes multidisciplinary assessment and management of children with cerebral palsy and acquired brain injury.

Interests
Working with infants and young children at high risk of cerebral palsy.

Dr Bandarayanke has extensive experience working in Paediatrics. She has a special interest in paediatric rehabilitation including children with limb difference, Cerebral Palsy, acquired brain injury and spasticity management including the use of Botulinum Toxin. Her research interests include motor outcome in premature babies and diagnosis and management of Cerebral Palsy in developing countries.

Orthopaedic Surgeons

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.

Interests
Hip conditions from infancy to adolescence, sports injuries of the knee and ankle, neuromuscular conditions, paediatric fractures and general paediatric orthopaedics.

Dr Astori is a Queensland-trained orthopaedic surgeon who specialises in adult hip and knee surgery, sports injuries and fracture care. He also treats children and has a particular interest in hip reconstructive surgery and limb lengthening for post-traumatic and congenital deformities. Dr Astori is a certified medical examiner and a member of the Royal Australian College of Surgeons, Australian Orthopaedic Association, Australian Paediatric Orthopaedic Society and Australian Limb Lengthening and Reconstruction Society.

Interests
Hip reconstructive surgery, limb lengthening for post-traumatic and congenital deformities.

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.

Interests
Neuromuscular diseases in children and general paediatric conditions.

This service is available at

Rehabilitation (6g)
Rehabilitation Day Unit (6e)
Lady Cilento Children’s Hospital

Level 6
501 Stanley Street
South Brisbane
QLD 4101
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Contact details

t: 07 3068 2950  |  07 3068 1110 (after hours via hospital switchboard)
f: 07 3068 3909
e: QPRS@health.qld.gov.au
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Operating hours

Monday to Friday, 8am-4.30pm.

Related services

Limb Difference Clinic
Queensland Children’s Motion Analysis Service

Resources

Developing the skills for growing up
Learning to live with an Acquired Brain Injury (ABI) – Tip sheets for kids
Timetable for growing up
View all Acquired Brain Injury (ABI) schools pack fact sheets
View all Cerebral Palsy fact sheets
View all rehabilitation fact sheets