General Practitioner referrals
Your Family Doctor (General Practitioner) is central your child’s well being and health management. Your GP should be the first first point of contact and the primary care provider and she or he is responsible for coordinating the ongoing health care of your child, in consultation with consultant colleagues and allied health professionals. Darwin Paediatrics encourages you to have a continuing relationship with your GP, and we will keep them informed of your child’s progress. After your child’s treatment has been completed we will refer you back to your GP.
Darwin Paediatrics is a specialist paediatric clinic, and the Australian health care system (Medicare) requires our patients to have valid referral prior to their appointment to obtain a rebate on the appointment cost. We encourage you to obtain a referral from your GP prior to your visit to Darwin Paediatrics. A referral from the GP is valid for 12 months from the first appointment with the specialist doctor.
GP referrals should be faxed to 08 8920 6048
Referrals From Specialists
Referrals from specialists are only valid for 3 months, this includes a newborn referral from your obstetrician.
Families are able to make appointments without a referral, however, they cannot obtain the Medicare rebate for the appointment.
Appointments can be made by contacting our reception via email on email@example.com or by phone on 08 8920 6193.
Advice on fees and out of pocket expenses can be obtained from our reception at the time of booking. Medicare rebates are available for all patients with a valid referral.
Appointments for Learning Difficulties, Developmental and Behavioural Assessment
Behavioural and Developmental issues are complex and require a thorough assessment that typically includes input from the family, teacher/child care staff and any other allied health care providers involved in the care of your child. Generally a complete assessment will require at least three appointments over several weeks to allow our doctors to come to an comprehensive understanding of your child’s individual requirements. In many cases we will request caregivers to complete some questionnaires to help us with our assessment. Please speak with our friendly reception staff if you have further questions regarding this process or costs involved.