Who to see

This page summarises the services provided at the CDN, as a guide to who you might choose to see to best help your child.

If you are not sure who to see, please call us to discuss your concerns and needs in greater detail, and our administrative staff will be able to assist.


Our medical specialist Paediatricians take referrals for children of all ages, and all types of developmental and behavioural problems.

Doctors can help you understand

Medical doctors can also advocate for your child, and provide support for you over time as your child grows up.

Psycho-educational Assessment

Neuropsychology is an area of psychological practice that specialises in the assessment of children. Examples include IQ, Academic Achievement, Executive Function and other more specialised tests of learning and cognition.

If you have concerns about your child’s development in the following areas, and would like a formal assessment, you may wish to make an appointment to see our neuropsychologist, Dr Lee Hearn.

Lee is able to assess a wide range of developmental difficulties in children and can help with development of an intervention and management plan tailored to your child’s special needs.

Emotional, behavioural and mental health problems

For children of all ages, if the main concern is in the area of

you might wish to consult with our psychologists to find out what is going on, and to explore psychological therapies to help your child.

This service is supported by Medicare. This means that you are eligible for a Medicare rebate for your visits with a psychologist. Matthew Simmond specialises in this work.

If you are referred by a medical specialist (such as a Paediatrician), you can obtain a Mental Health Care Plan to support your visits.

Alternatively, your GP can also complete a GP Mental Health Care Plan for you to be eligible for this rebate.

Child and Adolescent Psychiatrist

Dr Megan Richardson

Mental Health trained Social Worker

Jannie Olsen

Reading and Literacy Problems

At the CDN we are fortunate to have a specialist in Reading Disability, Dr Jason McGowan . If your main concern is literacy (reading, spelling), we recommend you organise an initial consultation with Jason.

Jason's LiteracyCare program is unique. Jason can assess the extent and cause of any reading problems, and provide advice regarding what he, and other members of our group, are able to offer.

The unique aspect of this program is that Jason can usually predict treatment outcomes. This means that before you commence, you have an understanding of what you are likely to achieve.

Jason's website is www.literacycare.com.

You do not need a referral to see Jason, and can book an appointment directly to meet with him.


Neuroplasticity refers to how our brain changes when we practice something over and over again. Focused practice can build capacity in weak areas such as Working Memory.

If you would like to find out more about this, please read about Neuroplasticity, and make an appointment with Wendy Horton. You do not need a referral to see Wendy, and can book an appointment directly to meet with her.

Assistive Technology

Assistive technology uses software and hardware solutions to help your child manage the demands of education and school more successfully.

Our Assistive Technology specialist is Julie Tasker. You do not need a referral to see Julie, and can book an appointment directly to meet with her.

Powered by sitengn