Early Diagnosis Clinic – Cerebral Palsy

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The Early Diagnosis Clinic is a bulk-billed diagnostic clinic for babies at high risk of cerebral palsy. The clinic aims to fast track diagnosis and enable quicker access to early interventions, family support and better outcomes for the future.

Neuroscience research demonstrates early intervention including intensive, repetitive, task-specific exercise should commence for children diagnosed with cerebral palsy within the first 12 months of life to optimise neuroplasticity. This makes early diagnosis essential. Infants at risk of cerebral palsy also need targeted intervention and monitoring to prevent secondary problems from occurring.

Infants 12 months or younger are eligible if they have the following:

  • Clinical history indicating risk for cerebral palsy

-Risk factors include (but not limited to) prematurity, birth defects, genetic conditions, intrauterine growth restriction, hypoxia-ischaemia, seizures, neonatal stroke, infection

  • Abnormal neuroimaging-MRI or Cranial Ultrasound (CUS) indicative of possible motor impairment
  • Motor dysfunction

-This might include abnormal General Movements, very low scores on standardised assessment (e.g. below 10th percentile on AIMS), poor head control after 3 months, hand asymmetry after 4 months, not able to take weight through feet after 5 months, not sitting at 9 months.

Priority will be given to infants who have not previously seen a neurologist.

The clinic comprises an expert multi-disciplinary team, including:

  • a paediatric neurologist
  • social worker
  • occupational therapist
  • physiotherapist, and
  • speech pathologist.

The team use evidence based assessments grounded in the latest international best practice guidelines. A comprehensive assessment is conducted which includes:

  • physical (including vision and pain)
  • neurological
  • motor function
  • feeding
  • communication
  • parent well-being

Our team are on hand to provide you with information, emotional support and support to access early intervention and additional resources. Each family will leave the clinic with a clear plan for follow up appointments at the clinic and referrals for further investigations and therapy as required.

These resources are designed to help you understand early diagnosis of cerebral palsy and how intervention can help. The links below include some quick facts about cerebral palsy, and information on a new assessment that allows medical professionals to identify babies at risk of cerebral palsy from birth.

Contact us

Chat to our team now on 0418 175 970 or email.

Opening hours

Thurs 8.30 am – 5.00 pm
(by appointment)
Prairiewood, Fairfield City Marconi Centre

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The Early Diagnostics Clinic is a Cerebral Palsy Alliance initiative made possible by the support of NSW Health and major sponsor, Clayton Utz