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Parliamentary Questions

Question Without Notice No. 614 asked in the Legislative Council on 10 August 2022 by Hon Donna Faragher

Minister responding: Hon R.H. Cook
Parliament: 41 Session: 1

Answered on 10 August 2022

CHILD DEVELOPMENT SERVICE — PAEDIATRICIANS

614. Hon DONNA FARAGHER to the Leader of the House representing the Minister for Health:

I refer to the response provided by the Department of Health as part of the 2022–23 budget estimates hearings that references the median wait time of 15.1 months for a child to access a paediatrician via the metropolitan Child Development Service.

How many children are currently on the waiting list to access a paediatrician via the MCDS?

Hon SUE ELLERY replied:

I thank the honourable member for some notice of the question.

Currently, 5 944 children are on a waiting list to see a paediatrician at the metropolitan Child Development Service, as at 4 August, 2022. The total number of children currently being seen by a developmental paediatrician in the Child Development Service is 15 245. During 2021–22, a total of 32 982 children received services from the Child Development Service.