At Irabina, we provide you with the services you need for every stage of your journey. Our paediatric and assessment clinics give you timely access to experts and information about funding sources to help support your individual needs.
A paediatrician is a doctor who manages the health of children, including physical, behaviour and mental health issues. Once you have a referral from a general practitioner, you will be able to visit our onsite paediatrician who has specialised knowledge about Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) and behaviours in young people and is well-equipped to support your family.
During your meeting with our paediatrician you will have the opportunity to discuss your concerns and formulate a plan to support your family.
The assessment clinic provides comprehensive, evidence-based assessments for children, young people and young adults who may have ASD.
Your doctor may refer your child to the assessment clinic if delays in the areas of social communication, play or behaviour indicate a possible diagnosis of ASD. You do not need a referral from a paediatrician or general practitioner to attend Irabina; however, children aged under 13 years with a referral are eligible for a Medicare rebate on our assessment fee.
The assessments, which are conducted by clinical psychologists and speech pathologists, are designed to confirm or exclude an ASD diagnosis and identify any other possible neurodevelopmental conditions. A diagnostic assessment takes approximately six hours, which occurs on several days over a period of four to six weeks. This time includes report writing.
Assessments can begin while you are waiting for an appointment with your child’s paediatrician. Our transdisciplinary team is also available to start other assessments such as school funding assessments and reports. Please speak to reception or your therapy team if you need further information.