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The DPV Health Development Psychology service helps to support positive behaviour, learning and development. Our team members work with children aged 0-6 years and their families/carers on issues relating to behaviour, relationships, emotional wellbeing, learning and development.

People are most frequently referred to a Development Psychologist for parenting support, behaviour management, managing emotions, developing social skills, developing play and learning skills, and developmental assessments.

How can a Developmental Psychologist help you? They can assist children and families to increase the frequency of positive behaviours, promote independence and self-help skills, promote healthy social interactions and emotional resilience, and promote play-skills and learning.

We provide the following services:

  • Individualised assessment (through interviews, questionnaires, observations, and standardised assessment)
  • Parent sessions and support
  • Therapy (individual and group)
  • Information, education and resources

We are experienced in providing support to children who require long-term therapy, have a diagnosed disability, experience a delay in two or more development areas, or equire a referral to specialist Early Intervention services. Children who have a history of significant trauma or dangerous behaviour may be referred to more specialised services.

DVP Health Developmental Psychology service runs Tuesday and Thursday.

Our service is provided for children aged 0-6 years and their families/carers.

Fees may apply, depending on your family’s income level. Our service is free for low income families or Health Care Card holders.

To discuss making an appointment with our Developmental Psychologist, please telephone our Intake Service between 9am and 5pm on 9409 8724.

Health professionals are requested to send referrals by:

  • E-referral via Connecting Care
  • Fax 9408 9508 City of Whittlesea Locations
  • Post to PO Box 82, Whittlesea 3757 for City of Whittlesea locations

For current clients who would like to book or cancel appointments, contact Reception on 9409 8787 for City of Whittlesea locations.

Wait lists may apply and priority is given according to need.

Please bring the following to your appointment:

  • Child Health Record (the green book)
  • Name and contact details of other professionals working with your child
  • Any relevant reports/letters regarding your child’s development
  • Completed Preschool Case History form (if not already provided to the Child Health Team)

Please allow one (1) hour for your child’s first appointment. This will usually take place without the child being present, so the issues can be openly discussed. An intervention plan will then be developed and future appointments scheduled.

Interpreters are available free of charge.