Feeding Clinic – Paediatrics Community

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The Feeding Clinic provides support to infants and young children where there are concerns about growth and the development of feeding skills including:

  • faltering growth/poor weight gain
  • low birth weight
  • history of enteral feeding
  • difficulties with breast/bottle feeding
  • gagging, coughing, choking and vomiting during meals
  • stress at mealtimes (eg. Baby crying, back-arching, refusal)
  • prolonged feed times
  • difficulties with texture progression
  • delayed transition to puree by 9 months
  • delayed transition to finger foods by 12 months
  • delayed development of self-feeding
  • limited range of foods in diet
  • medical issues affecting eating eg. prematurity, reflux, respiratory issues
  • reduced mealtime enjoyment

Eligibility Criteria

This service is for children (from birth to school entry) who:

  • Live, work, study or attend pre-school or childcare in the City of Greater Dandenong, City of Casey or Shire of Cardinia
  • Children in the following groups are given priority for service:
    • Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children
    • children involved with child protection
    • refugees
    • children in out-of-home care
  • Clinical Priority is given to children with:
    • faltering growth
    • enteral feeding eg. Nasogastric tube
    • infants and children under 2 years

This service is not  for children who:

  • come from high-income families
  • are eligible for, or currently accessing:
    • Early Childhood Intervention Australia (ECIA),
    • NDIS services
    • Disability funding
  • are already attending school
  • have ‘fussy/picky eating’ associated with developmental delay as they are likely to be eligible for NDIS/ECEI and should be referred directly to NDIS.

Note: Children referred from 1 July of the year before they start school will not be accepted unless they are: under child protection, Refugees, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Island Children or in Out-of-home Care.

Note: If the child lives, works, studies or attends pre-school or child-care outside the City of Greater Dandenong, City of Casey or Cardinia Shire – please contact your local community health centre.

Referral Method(s)

Referrals should be sent by eReferral through Healthlink or by email.

Phone:  03 8572 5631
Email:  icareaccess@monashhealth.org

Eligible Postcodes

City of Greater Dandenong, City of Casey or Cardinia Shire

  • Greater Dandenong – 3171, 3172, 3173, 3174, 3175, 3975
  • Casey – 3156, 3177, 3802, 3803, 3804, 3805, 3806, 3807, 3912, 3975, 3976, 3977, 3978, 3980
  • Cardinia – 3139, 3159, 3781, 3782, 3783, 3806, 3807, 3808, 3809, 3810, 3812, 3813, 3814, 3815, 3816,3978, 3980, 3981, 3984,3987

Additional information required

Include all patient demographic and clinical details as well as relevant investigation results

Service contact details:

Service Enquiries: 8558 9000
Service Enquiries Email:childandfamilyprogram@monashhealth.org

Contact hours: 8.30am – 4.30pm, Monday to Friday (except public holidays)

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Please review the eligibility criteria before submitting a referral.