Local Community Health Services including the Child Health Nurse
provides universal child and family supports and can also refer families and their children to medical and specialised ECI services if required.
The family's local General Practitioner (GP) can refer families to a developmental paediatrician if there are significant concerns about the child's development. Paediatricians can assess, evaluate and provide treatment for children and thier families with a wide range of behavioural and developmental difficulties.
Under the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS), the Early Childhood Early Intervention (ECEI)
approach is the way most ECI services will be delivered across Australia for children 0-6 years who have disability and/or developmental delay. Families can call the NDIS on 1800 800 110
, or they can be referred to an ECEI early childhood partner
by their GP, child and family health nurse or paediatrician, or the child's preschool or child care educator. Please look at the NDIS site for further information and to see whether the NDIS has been rolled out in your area - www.ndis.gov.au/ecei
The Inclusion Hub is an informational online tool that supports families and service providers through the NDIS journey - www.theinclusionhub.com.au
"Choosing Quality Early Childhood Intervention Services and Supports for your Child: What you need to know" is a booklet for families which provide information on what quality evidence-based services and supports look like, to assist families in choosing the right supports and services for their child and family. Click here to view.
The Raising Children Network provides up-to-date information for families explaining ECI, the NDIS and the ECEI Approach with a section on autism. Click here for more information.
Children and Young People with Disability Australia (CYDA) is the national advocacy body which represents children and young people (aged -25) with disability. Visit www.cdya.org.au or telephone 1800 222 660.
NSW Parent Line (which incorporates the Early Childhood Intervention Infoline) can provide information about a range of services for young children and their families in NSW, including those seeking early childhood intervention. Telephone 1300 1300 52.
Local specialist ECI services generally offer support to families of children with a broad range of disabilities and provide services within a particular geographical area. Click here to view a list of local early childhood intervention NGO service providers. If there isn't an ECI service in your immediate area, contact the ECI service nearest to you.They should be able to give you details of the supports available in your area.
ECI Statewide Organisations - click here to view a list of statewide organisations that offer specialist early childhood intervention services.
Advocacy - support for families in advocating around inclusion for their child with developmental delay or disability. In New South Wales, contact Family Advocacy and in the ACT, contact Imagine More.