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


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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