Recently Marie Rauter, a paediatrician at the Royal Hobart Hospital, presented a webinar to some of our first year registrars on “Developmental Delay”. It’s a big topic, but an important one for general practice, as we are often in a perfect position to detect developmental delay early and identify the cause, suggest corrective action, or refer for further assessment, services and support. Marie covered a wide range of presentations and considerations. We’re sharing one of the cases with you today.

Listen to the audio file to hear the case discussion.


You may consider reading further to find out more no this important topic.

Some good articles on the topic include Child Development (AFP), Assessing development and behavioural problems (MJA) and this handy Red flags referral guide  from Queensland Health.

The RCH have a great booklet for Patient information on Developmental Delay .

Relating to the case that Marie spoke about, you may want to find out more at Autism Awareness Australia.

The RCH Clinical Practice Guidelines on Managing a distressed or agitated child is very useful.

If you have access to RRMEO Online Modules, take a look at Management Of Autism Spectrum Disorders In Childhood And Adolescence – Module 1 – 3

Helpful websites on various paediatric topics can be found at the RCH Clinical Practice Guidelines and the WA Department of Health  Guidelines and Resources.

And who doesn’t enjoy a good TED Talk? Take a look at these TED Talks on Autism.

Marie discussed a few other cases, so we’ll be sharing more from her webinar over the next few months, so “stay tuned”.

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