Developmental Follow-Up Clinic
The Developmental Follow-Up Clinic operates Monday to Friday and performs 3 distinct roles:
The follow-up team consists of a nurse coordinator (Claudia Schwatlo), Developmental Paediatrician (Dr Ingrid Rieger), Clinical Psychologist (Dr Crista Wocadlo), Paediatric Physiotherapist (Caroline Hardman) and one of the current Neonatal Fellows.
Since the early 80s, babies at risk of abnormal neurodevelopment have been offered follow-up following discharge from the neonatal nursery. There have been minor variations in the inclusion criteria during this period but these are currently the following groups:
Babies not qualifying for the developmental follow-up clinic are offered individualised follow-up at the discretion of the Attending Medical Officer (AMO).
Follow-up schedule (less than 30 weeks gestation)
Corrected age is used until 2 years of age:
Babies enrolled in follow-up for indications other than being less than 30 weeks gestation are folllowed according to an individual schedule according to need.