"Lack of care at Bundaberg Hospital Paediatric Outpatients"

About: Bundaberg Hospital / Paediatrics

(as a carer),

My son was seen by a senior staff member in the Paediatrics unit in regards to his behavioural problems. We have been concerned that he may have Autism/ADHD or the like. We were told that our son could not be diagnosed because he was apparently too young. We were also told we should go to parenting courses, which to me implied that the problem was our parenting. Our son was two and a half and is progressively getting worse. He is now almost four.

We know of other parents whose children have been diagnosed with Autism younger than this, so we believe that for sure that our son could be diagnosed. We moved to Caboolture for about six months and got in contact with a playgroup for Autistic children. The staff there shared our concerns and seemed to agree that he shows the signs of being Autistic. We were placed on a waiting list to see a paediatrician in Caboolture but had to relocate to Gin Gin for family reasons and were unable to get into see the paediatrician at Caboolture.

We have tried speaking to our GP about it, but something appears to have happened where he is unable to operate as a GP in Australia due to his training. No other local GP seems to be willing to accept us I think because they have had to take over our doctors patients and no longer are able to see anyone else.

We feel very alone and don’t know what to do in order to get our son the help he needs.

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