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What to expect during your first appointment

Your first appointment is a really important time for us to meet you and your child. Most non-urgent appointments will last approximately an hour and will entail a detailed history of the current condition along with exploring your child’s health, growth and development.

Your child will be weighed and measured and in most cases a thorough physical examination will be conducted. In some cases, examination may not be performed if your child is particularly upset or anxious as this can usually be done at another appointment when your child has become more comfortable with the environment.

If further investigations or information is required, we will outline the process for this and book a review appointment at a time that suits you.

What to bring:

  • Medicare card
  • Your completed new patient form (if not completed prior to appointment)
  • Your GP referral (if not already provided prior to your child’s appointment)
  • Maternal and Child Health record (green book) if your child is under 6 years old
  • Reports and questionnaires, eg psychology, speech pathology, blood investigations, school reports, NAPLAN results, NDIS plans etc

Our Triage Process

How to book an appointment

To book an appointment please phone us on 1300 755 047 or email us to discuss appointment options.

If you submit an online enquiry, email, or your GP contacts us for you, we will contact you within 3 days to arrange an appointment time.

If you have already booked and would like to change the appointment at any time please phone us on 1300 755 047 or email us at any time.

Fees

We are a private specialist medical practice and in most cases the out-of-pocket charge (after Medicare rebate) for an initial non-urgent appointment is around $200.

The out-of-pocket cost for attending an initial appointment at the Rapid Review Clinic is approximately $100.

The charge for subsequent appointments varies depending on the complexity of the problem, how long review appointments take, frequency of review required etc. Please call to discuss any questions you have in relation to fees prior to your child’s appointment.

You will be requested to pay the full amount on the day by credit card, EFTPOS or cash and your Medicare rebate will be put straight back into your account using EFTPOS, or directly deposited into your nominated bank account within 3 business days.

We aim to keep our fees as low as possible but can only do so by making sure that every patient attends their booked appointment. We will make every effort to remind you of upcoming appointments by SMS and/or e-mail but if you need to cancel or reschedule your appointment, please let us know as soon as possible.

Unfortunately we will need to charge you a $50 non-attendance fee if you don’t let us know you are unable to attend a booked appointment by 8:30am on the day of your appointment.

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FAQs

Paediatricians are specialists in newborn, childhood and adolescent medicine and will work with you and your general practitioner to provide care for your child. In general, the cut-off for new patients is around 16 years of age, although exceptions may be made in certain cases. For existing patients, the transition process to adult care needs careful planning and we will start undertaking this at around the age of 16 years. However, we can continue to provide care until your child finishes their schooling and feels comfortable moving onto adult services.

Yes, all patients need a valid referral which must be provided prior to or brought with you on the day of the appointment. Referrals from another specialist last only 3 months, whereas a referral from your general practitioner will last 12 months from the time of your child’s first appointment at Fairfield Paediatrics. We request a new referral from your general practitioner every 12 months.

Unfortunately it is not possible for us to offer bulk-billing but our friendly team are more than happy to help you find an appropriate service for your child’s needs if this is required.

If your child develops a new issue needing a paediatrician, a new referral needs to be obtained from your general practitioner. This is important so that your family doctor is aware of the changes in your child’s health and also so that we can allocate sufficient time for the appointment.

Please contact the practice as early as possible in the day to discuss this. We specialise in the assessment and treatment of acute medical issues and therefore in most cases we will advise you to still come to the appointment, although the time may change to try and minimise the risk to other patients. If it is a completely new medical issue, a new referral from your general practitioner is required.

We understand the unpredictable nature of family life, traffic issues, public transport delays and last minute nappy explosions! If you are running late, please ring and let us know but travel safely as this is more important than anything else.

If you are only running a few minutes late, please attend the appointment but ring to let us know as this will help us make arrangements to keep your child’s appointment running as close to time as possible. If you are running more than 10 minutes late, we will still do our best to see your child that day although the time may need to be altered. Occasionally this won’t be possible but we will reschedule as the appointment as soon as possible.

We will send you an SMS if the clinic is running more than 30 minutes late so please check your mobile regularly on the day of the appointment if you are concerned. You are also more than welcome to call the clinic to check on whether your child’s appointment is likely to be on time.

Yes – it is a legal requirement for Medicare billing purposes that your child attends the appointment. This includes attendance at the drop-in clinic for things like asthma management plans and repeat scripts etc.

If you would prefer to have a discussion without your child in the consulting room, please bring a friend or relative who can wait with your child in the waiting room.

Yes – if you would like your child to be seen as soon as possible and have the flexibility to attend an earlier appointment please ask to go on the cancellation list. Very often this will result in your child being able to be seen earlier however it is important that you have flexibility and are readily contactable. As we often only receive a few hours notice of a cancellation, we will usually send an SMS to several families on the cancellation list. The first family to call us back to confirm the appointment will be booked, any subsequent families that call will receive priority notification for future cancellations.

Yes – for appropriate families, we welcome the opportunity to provide a Telehealth service. Please contact us to discuss.

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