Paediatrics

PAEDIATRICS

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The early months and years of a child’s life holds many moments of concern and worry for a parent. Our paediatricians understand this and will take the time and care to ensure that you are reassured.

Dr Aggie Judkins has specialised training in infant mental health, which is the interaction between babies and parents, and will help you develop confidence in your relationship with your baby. This is what ultimately makes it possible to know your infants cues, the ways of settling them and to have confidence in your parenting.

Dr Emma Argiro brings with her expertise in the development of babies and children, and is able to perform standardized, evidence based developmental assessments and formulate care plans that will help your child reach their potential even when there may be developmental issues.

Dr Gavin Hutana is a general and rehabilitation paediatrician who has broad experience in the public sector, including rural areas.

Supporting the paediatric service are several child and adolescent psychologists and a paediatric OT with skills in family therapy.  There is also a psychologist who has expertise in developmental assessment and case management with complex disability.  We have recently had an accredited dietitian join the team with particular interest in helping with nutritional and lifestyle modifications to keep the whole family healthy.

Elizabeth Clinic prides itself on providing a team based approach, including the support of the child psychiatrists and  early parenting clinicians.   This allows comprehensive treatment across all developmental stages and the capacity to manage nearly all concerns under the one roof.

A developmental assessment will usually be carried out over two appointments. For children under the age of five years, a formal developmental assessment (Griffiths III) may be required. This will identify any areas of delay, along with developmental strengths. Each assessment appointment will normally take one hour. A review appointment may also be required to discuss results of any tests or specialised assessments (eg cognitive assessments, learning assessments, specific questionnaires for home and school ). Review appointments are usually between 30 mins to one hour.

Autism assessments involve at least two assessment appointments followed by referral to  and consultation with Speech Pathology/Clinical Psychology assessors about the assessment and possible diagnosis.  If a diagnosis of Autism Spectrum Disorder is made, a follow up appointment is required to discuss the assessment and plan management.
Children and adolescents taking medication will need to be reviewed at least every six months, with more frequent review at the commencement of medication. If stimulant medications are trialled, a review six weeks post trial is need to assess response and need for ongoing medication.
Please bring any previous assessment reports or investigation results to your appointment. These may include; hearing or vision testing, teacher reports or school psychology reports, previous reports from other Paediatricians, allied health (occupational therapy, speech therapy, psychology) reports.