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What is a paediatrician?

 

A paediatrician is a doctor who has done extra training to become an expert in children’s health.

 

If a paediatrician trained in Australia, this means they went to university to study medicine for 4-6 years, then worked in a hospital as a general doctor (often called an intern or resident) for 1-2 years, then completed at least 6 more years working in paediatrics (often called a resident or registrar).

 

Some paediatricians work in hospitals, some work in public clinics at hospitals and some work in private practice clinics.

 

 

 

Where will you be working?

 

I will be working in private clinics in Leongatha, Korumburra and Foster.

 

I am not working in any hospitals.

What age group of children do you see?

 

I see children and adolescents from birth until their 18th birthday. 

 

However, if you have a child who is 16 or 17 years old, it may be better to see a clinician who can continue to see your child into adulthood. Consider getting a referral to an adult physician for medical issues and access services such as Headspace or CYMHS for mental health issues.

 

How much does it cost to see you?

 

I bulk-bill, which means there is no cost for an Australian child to see me. You will need a valid referral from your GP and your Medicare card.

 

I will see babies before they have a Medicare card number.

 

How long is your waiting list?

 

I am not currently taking new patients.

 

Can I book an appointment for my child to see you at any of your locations?

 

There are no restrictions on who I see at my rooms in Leongatha, or at Foster Medical Centre.

 

My clinic at the Karmai Community Children’s Centre is exclusively for children who are 12 years old or younger, and who attend an education facility under the Karmai Allliance: this includes children who attend Korumburra Primary School, St. Joseph’s Primary School (in Korumburra), Loch Primary School, Nyora Primary School, Poowong Consolidated School and the associated early learning centres and kindergartens in these townships. 

 

I have a referral from my GP. How do I book an appointment?

 

I am not currently taking new patients.

 

You can use a referral addressed to any paediatrician (or simply "paediatrician") to book an appointment at a bulk-billing service. Medicare will pay the specialist as long as there is a referral from a GP to a specialist paediatric service, and states that the child or child's family is able to choose the paediatrician or service they see. Private services may have different requirements.

If you are unable to afford to see another paediatrician, or cannot travel to more distant services, you are likely to be prioritised when I start taking new patients again. Please discuss your concerns with your GP.

 

My child is one of your patients already and now has an acute illness. Who should I see for acute medical care?

 

Please see your GP for acute illnesses. If you are worried that your child is very unwell, call 000 for an ambulance, or taken your child a close hospital.

 

The nearest hospitals that have paediatric inpatient services (children can be admitted to a ward under the care of a paediatrician) are Latrobe Regional Hospital in Traralgon, and West Gippsland Hospital in Warragul.

 

Do you do autism assessments?

 

Yes.

 

I diagnose autism based on the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (the DSM-V) criteria.

 

I use the Autism Diagnostic Observation Schedule (ADOS-2) to support the diagnosis. The ADOS-2 is a semi-structured assessment of communication, social interaction and play (or imaginative use of materials) for individuals suspected of having autism.

 

I will not be doing ADOS-2 assessments at your child's initial appointment. 

 

I am running late. What should I do?

 

Drive safely. Please still come to your appointment.

 

If you are more than 5 minutes late, and the patient after you is in the waiting room, I will see that patient first. I will see you and your child next.

 

What happens if YOU are sick and my appointment is cancelled?

 

If I cannot attend my clinic for the day, I will send an automated text message to all patients booked for the day. For patients who do not confirm they have received this within 30 minutes, I will call their phone numbers to advise them the clinic has been cancelled. I will also post all cancellations on Facebook.

 

Cancellations of my walk-in clinic will be notified by Facebook only.

 

I will rebook any cancelled patient within 6 weeks.

 

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