Referral information

The Child Development Service provides free assessment, early intervention and treatment services to eligible children with developmental delay or difficulty that impact on function, participation and/or parent-child relationship.  


All clients must meet all of the following eligibility criteria: 
  1. be under the age of 16 years 
  2. have an eligible Medicare card/number (clients with yellow Medicare cards are ineligible)
  3. live at an address in the Greater Perth Region. 

To refer children living in regional areas to a child development service, visit WA Country Health Service.

Making a referral 

  • A referral can be made by parents, legal guardians or professionals. 
  • Referrers must document parent/legal guardian consent for the referral, and provide information that will allow us to identify the child, determine eligibility and to make contact with the parent/legal guardian in relation to the referral. 
  • Provide detailed information about the developmental history and concerns on the referral form, and attach any other relevant reports and information. Incomplete or overly brief referrals may result in unnecessary delays in accessing services.
  • Describe the parents’ main concern in the referral, and how it impacts on the child and family in their everyday life. This will help us identity the most appropriate clinician to make first contact with each family.
  • Consider if it is right time to make a referral. Life can be busy, and we understand that parents have many competing demands. We will contact parents soon after a referral is received, so it is important that parents are ready to work with us to support their child’s development.
  • Let us know if there is anything that may impact on a family’s ability to respond to appointment letters, or to attend appointments. This will help us to follow up with families who may need extra contact or support to access our service.

Make a referral to the Child Development Service here.

What parents can expect when their child is referred to us

Knowing what to expect helps parents to feel ready to work with us to support their child’s development. This information will help referrers to describe our service to parents when discussing a referral. 

Service Plan

When a child is referred to us, parents/carers will be invited to book a service planning appointment.

This appointment usually takes place within eight weeks of the referral. 
During this appointment we discuss parents’ concerns, goals and priorities, and together we develop an agreed service plan.
  • A copy of the Service Plan is also sent to the referee.
  • Depending on the child's needs, the plan may include a range of service options, such as:
    • activity ideas and resources for home, school or day-care
    • parent workshops
    • individual or group therapy appointments
    • information on community programs
    • referral to another service
The plan will be based on:
  • working with the family on goals that are most important to them and their child
  • increasing the family’s skills and confidence to support their child’s development in everyday environments, like at home and school
  • allowing time between appointments to practice and master new skills
  • supporting families to access other relevant services and community resources

Our team

Our team of clinicians include Speech Pathologists, Occupational Therapists, Physiotherapists, Social Workers, Clinical Psychologists, Paediatricians, Therapy Assistants, Audiologists and Nurses.

Children may see more than one clinician depending on their needs.

Where else can parents get help and information? 

There are a wide range of community, public and private services available to support children and families. 

Here are some suggestions:
Last Updated: 28/06/2021