Children’s Assessment Team (CAT)
The Children’s Assessment Team at Flinders Medical Centre is an inter-disciplinary team that provides specialised assessments of children with multiple or severe development problems including conditions such as Autism Spectrum Disorder.
Staff in the team include:
- Clinical psychologist
- Occupational therapist
- Speech pathologist
- Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services representative
- Department for Education and Child Development (DECD) consultant
Most children and families will not see all of these professionals. The types of assessments are coordinated according to the needs of each child and family. Sometimes, professionals from other relevant or involved agencies participate in the assessment, and/or feedback session for a child and family.
Child Protection Service (CPS)
Children at risk of abuse or neglect may be referred to the FMC Child Protection Service.
The CPS at FMC serves the southern, south western and south eastern metropolitan and country areas of South Australia. Currently, the CPS offers a fortnightly visiting service in the south-east of the State.
The CPS team consists of clinical psychologists, social workers, doctors, research and administrative staff and has specialist expertise in the area of child abuse and neglect.
The CPS doctors and clinicians provide comprehensive medical and psychosocial assessments, and longer term interventions for children and families dealing with abuse and neglect. CPS doctors also provide forensic medical assessments for acute presentations of child abuse.
More information: Flinders Medical Centre website