Useful Management Information

  • Allergy action plans and patient information is available
  • If you have a reason to suspect a child in Queensland is experiencing harm, or is at risk of experiencing harm, you need to contact Child Safety Services
  • In the majority of cases it is thought inappropriate for children to wait more than 6 months for an outpatient initial appointment
  • Please note that where appropriate and where available, the referral may be directed to an associated public allied health or nursing service. This may include Community Child Health and Child Development Service. Access to some specific services may include initial assessment and management by associated paediatric medical, allied health or nursing services which may either facilitate or negate the need to see a public paediatric specialist.

Minimum Referral Criteria

Does your patient meet the minimum referral criteria?
Category 1 (appointment within 30 calendar days)
  • Possible severe food reaction (FPIES) in infant <1 year
  • Episode of angioedema (severe facial swelling)
  • Non anaphylactic reaction to nuts
  • Confirmed anaphylactic reaction

NB If patient has been seen by a paediatric or emergency medicine consultant in emergency, they may be triaged as a Category 2

Category 2 (appointment within 90 calendar days)
  • Chronic urticaria ≥ 6 weeks
  • Gastrointestinal symptoms due to a food
Category 3 (appointment within 365 calendar days)
  • Chronic allergic rhinitis

If your patient does not meet the minimum referral criteria

  • Assessment and management information may be found on a range of conditions at HealthPathways
  • If the patient does not meet the criteria for referral but the referring practitioner believes the patient requires specialist review, a clinical override may be requested:
    • Please explain why (e.g. warning signs or symptoms, clinical modifiers, uncertain about diagnosis, etc.)
  • Please note that your referral may not be accepted or may be redirected to another service

Essential Referral Information

  • History of allergic reaction'
  • History of anaphylaxis and emergency presentations
  • Does the child have an EpiPen currently?

Additional Referral Information

Highly desirable information – may change triage category

  • Allergy focused clinical history of reaction (speed of onset/precipitant, duration of symptoms, severity of reaction, frequency of occurrence, setting of reaction [school or at home])
  • Details of any suspected allergen(s) if known
  • Is there an acute response plan and EpiPen available at school?
  • Personal and family history of atopic diseases

Desirable Information- will assist at consultation

  • Other past medical history
  • Immunisation history
  • Developmental history
  • Medication history
  • Significant psychosocial risk factors (especially parents mental health, family violence, housing and financial stress, department of child safety involvement)
  • Height/weight/head circumference and growth charts with prior measurements if available.
  • Other physical examination findings inclusive of CNS, birth marks or dysmorphology
  • Any relevant laboratory results or medical imaging reports
  • RAST allergy test or skin prick test (if relevant)
Last updated 24 October 2021

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Internal Referrals

Paediatric Medicine (E-Blueslips)


(07) 5687 4497


Paediatric Referral Centre
Gold Coast University Hospital
1 Hospital Boulevard
Southport QLD 4215


1300 744 284

Related HealthPathways

No directly related pathways found

Service Availability

Dr Susan Moloney


Gold Coast University Hospital

If you would like to send a named referral, please address it to the specialist listed above, who will allocate a suitably qualified specialist to see the patient. Alternatively, you can view a full list of our specialists.

Child Safety

If you have a reason to suspect a child in Queensland is experiencing harm, or is at risk of experiencing harm, contact Department of Children, Youth Justice and Multicultural Services . Please consider if mandatory reporting applies.

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