Useful Management Information

  • 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

Minimum Referral Criteria

Does your patient meet the minimum referral criteria?
Category 1 (appointment within 30 calendar days)
  • Children with funny turns where it appears most likely they are having atypical epileptic seizures
  • Children with unexplained loss of consciousness
Category 2 (appointment within 90 calendar days)
  • Children with probable breath-holding spells.
  • Episodes most suggestive of benign events including: vaso-vagal, sleep related, behavioural or self-stimulatory
Category 3 (appointment within 365 calendar days)
  • Children referred for re-assessment of previously investigated events without significant change in description

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

  • Description of event(s) including date of onset, nature of the events, duration and frequency
  • Report presence or absence of concerning features
    • Loss of consciousness
    • Falls
    • Injury
    • Cyanosis or pallor
    • Chest pain or palpitations

Additional Referral Information

Highly desirable Information – may change triage category

  • Note if there are triggers or associations with the events or not. For example, pain, frustration, exercise, feeding, sleep
  • Family history of sudden unexplained death in children or young adults
  • Family history of genetic cardiac arrhythmia (e.g. long QT or HOCM [hypertrophic obstructive cardiomyopathy])
  • Height/weight/head circumference and growth charts with prior measurements if available.
  • Burden of disease information:
  • Is the child missing school? How many days missed in the last month?
  • parents missing work
  • parental distress

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)
  • Other physical examination findings inclusive of CNS, birth marks or dysmorphology
  • Any relevant laboratory results or medical imaging reports, urinalysis result
    • ECG
    • EEG and neuroimaging if available. Do not order these tests for the referral if they are not clinically required
Last updated 6 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
Medical Director Paediatric Medicine (General Paediatrics)


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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