Before going to a paediatrician:
To see a paediatrician, you’ll need a referral from your GP. Your GP is always a good place to start if you’re worried about your child’s health or development. Your GP can help you decide about seeing a paediatrician and help you find someone who’s right for your child.
If your GP refers your child to a paediatrician, it’s a good idea to talk with your GP about the following things:
- Why you’re going to the paediatrician: talk with your GP about why your child needs a referral to a paediatrician.
- Waiting list: how long before you can get an appointment to see the paediatrician?
- Is there anything you can do while you’re waiting to get an appointment?
- Making an appointment: it might take you more than one phone call to make an appointment.
- Cost: how much will the appointment with the paediatrician cost?
- It’s a good idea to check whether you can get money back from Medicare or whether you can get some other kind of financial help.
- Location: find out where you have to go to see the paediatrician – for example, a public or private hospital, community health centre or consulting rooms.
- You might have to travel further than you expect, depending on your child’s needs.
- You could also ask about these things when you make the appointment with the paediatrician’s clinic.
- It’s a good idea to write down your questions, so you don’t forget.
- Paediatricians are doctors who specialise in the health and development of
babies, children and teenagers.
A paediatrician is a medical doctor with special training and skills in the diseases and illnesses that affect the health and development of babies, children and teenagers. Paediatricians know a lot about the many different conditions and illnesses that can affect children’s health, welfare, behaviour and education.
They also understand how different illnesses and conditions relate to each other.