Child Development Unit
The CDU is continually reviewing its processes in response to COVID-19 and will continue to update practices as the situation changes. As such, face-to-face appointments at WCH are not being conducted.
At present, all appointments will be offered as telehealth (telephone or videoconference appointments). When COVID-19 precautions are no longer required, face-to-face appointments will recommence.
For information about telehealth appointments, please see the fact sheet below.
The WCH Child Development Unit (CDU) is a Developmental Assessment Service for children with complex developmental concerns in three or more areas.
(Unless occurring in conjunction with 3 aforementioned criteria areas)
Please note that charges apply to services provided to patients who do not hold a Medicare Card. If the family does not have a Medicare Card, please contact the hospital’s finance team on 8161 7390 to discuss likely costs.
Who can refer to CDU?
All referrals must be completed using the CDU Referral Form.
Please note* If a child is referred by an allied health professional or educator, the CDU process can begin. However, if a paediatric appointment is required, the child will also need a GP referral.
Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder (FASD)
Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder (FASD) is a term used for a spectrum of conditions caused by fetal alcohol exposure.
Referrals for Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder must meet existing CDU referral criteria as well as additional documentary requirements. If you are referring for FASD, please contact the CDU to request further information.
Referral to the CDU will allow an information gathering process to begin but referral acceptance and allocation of appointments is only determined following completion of this referral, parent and/or school questionnaires (if required) and CDU review of the information provided.
Acceptance of referrals is subject to catchment areas which are defined for the three assessments units. If you are unsure of the appropriate unit, please call any of the numbers on the Catchment Area Map for assistance.
Frequently Asked Questions
Navigating your way through the CDU process can be confusing. The FAQ (Frequently Asked Questions) document below answers the most common questions and enquiries regarding referral, assessment and post diagnostic care.
Autism Diagnostic Assessments have a waiting time of approximately 14–18months. Please note once a child is referred the family and referrer will receive correspondence from the CDU. If you have not heard from the CDU following a referral (usually contact within 6 weeks from receipt of referral) please contact to make sure referral has been received.
last modified: 01 Jul 2020