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About the Service

We are a community-based, multidisciplinary service that specialises in the assessment and ongoing support for children and young people with developmental and behavioural concerns. 

The team consists of Clinical Psychologists, Clinical Neuropsychologists, Dietitians, Nurses, Occupational Therapists, Paediatricians, Pharmacists, Physiotherapists, Speech Pathologists and Social Workers.

Depending on your young person’s level of need, they may be seen by one or more clinicians as part of their individualised care.  Where possible, our service works in an interdisciplinary model, which means regardless of the individual training of our staff, all clinicians can provide a range of developmental health services.

Our services aim is to provide you with an understanding of your young person’s strengths and challenges as well as assist you in accessing therapy support available in our community.

Please note: our service will help with diagnosis for your child, but we have limited capacity for therapy - we help you to find this support locally in your community.

Am I eligible?

This service is free to eligible children and their families.

Your young person must be:


To access Child Development Service, a referral from the following healthcare providers is required:

  • General Practitioners
  • Private Paediatricians
  • Allied Health Providers
  • Child Health Nurses
  • Other Gold Coast Hospital and Health Service clinicians

For up-to-date information about how to refer to the Child Development service, visit the Refer Your Patient section.

Red Flags Early Identification Guide

Red Flags School Aged Children

About our clinics

We offer a range of Single Discipline and Multidisciplinary Clinics as part of our service.

Location and travel information

Accurate location and travel information is available for children's development health services.

While you wait for your appointment

Parents can ensure the best possible outcome for their child's health by staying informed and prepared.

Meet Our Team

All clinicians that work within CDS are experts in children with developmental and/or learning difficulties.

Last updated 19 Oct 2023