Paediatric specialist clinics: Parental perceptions, primary care referral patterns and determinants of periodicity of care

Project Details

The expected outcome of this phase of the study is the identification of a range of factors influencing paediatric referrals to outpatient clinics and potential factors that are contributing to the increase in paediatric outpatient clinics utilisation.

Project summary

This study explores three domains that are hypothesised to have an impact on the utilisation of paediatric specialty care services. Phase one of the study investigates parental preferences for outpatient paediatric clinics versus primary care (general practice). Phase two explores the general practitioner and community paediatrician perspectives on the referral process to outpatient paediatric clinics. Phase three examines patterns of follow-up care provided by outpatient paediatricians.


Professor Gary Freed

Amy Allen

Amie Bingham

Pilar Cantero

Sarah Gafforini

Dr Marina Kunin

Caroline Nicolas

Erin Turbitt


Department of Health (Victoria)

Royal Children's Hospital Foundation

Research Group

Health Systems and Workforce

Faculty Research Themes

Child Health

School Research Themes

Data science, health metrics and disease modeling

Key Contact

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Department / Centre

Centre for Health Policy

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