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Child Development Services - Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders Clinic (Gold Coast)

Nature of clinic

Provides formal diagnostic FASD assessments for local, state and Australian wide community members who meet the eligibility criteria. The clinic also provides ongoing paediatric developmental medical follow up for children that live in the Gold Coast Hospital, Health District. The FASD clinic is part of wider Child Developmental Service.

Specific health professionals at the clinic

Doug Shelton - Clinical Director / Consultant Paediatrician

Francoise Butel - Director of Community Child Health/Consultant Paediatrician

Shelli Hastings - Senior Clinical Psychologist

Haydn Till - Advanced Clinical Neuropsychologist

Hannah Blaine - Senior Clinical Neuropsychologist

Aimee MacGougan - Clinical Neuropsychologist Registrar

Kristina Barisic - Senior Clinical Neuropsychologist

Erin Moore - Senior Speech Language Pathologist

Storm Anderson - Senior Speech Language Pathologist

Jacqui Sharp -  Senior Physiotherapist

Dominic Gunther - Physiotherapist

Alana Muir - Senior Occupational Therapist

Dawn Vernon - Senior Social Worker

Justine Mannix - Social Worker

Susan Auchter - Nurse Navigator

Naomi Cooper - Business Support Officer

Jodi Lovett - Administration Officer



Type of services provided at the clinic


Where referrals are accepted from

General Practitioners, Paediatricians, Other medical specialists, Psychologists, Allied health professionals, Families, Child protection services, Education Departments, Justice Departments

How the clinic bills

Medicare bulk-billed

Ages that the clinic provides services for

Provides formal FASD assessment for Children 7-10 years of age. Currently offering FASD assessment for younger children aged 3 -7 years in conjunction with research project through Griffith University. For children that fall within the Gold Coast Hospital Health Service and meet criteria for Child Developmental, Services, offer assessment from birth – 10 years of age (with children up to 16 years / or still attending school) seen at Developmental Clinic at Gold Coast University Hospital.

FASD experience and training

The FASD team at the Child Development Service Southport provide a comprehensive two day multidisciplinary team assessment. Following assessment the team also provides structured family and school feedback. A comprehensive report including recommendations is also provided to families. 

The FASD team completed training in the diagnostics of FASD at the Asante Centre, Vancouver Canada and now offer 3 day clinician training twice a year. 

The service also provides adhoc educational training days for carers and other stakeholders – please contact for up to date information.

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