Dr Rebecca Nelson

Paediatrician

BSc(Hons), BMBS, FRACP, NBPSA, AusPATH
Availability: Mon, Tue
Contractor

Dr Rebecca’s books are currently closed. She is only accepting referrals for existing patients,  immediate family members of existing patients and gender diverse patients.

Dr Rebecca Nelson (she/her) brings a love of science to the art of medicine.

She trained at the Women’s and Children’s Hospital Adelaide, Alice Springs Hospital, Mt Gambier and Hobart Hospitals, and has worked for the MedSTAR paediatric/neonatal retrieval service.

Most recently Rebecca worked as a Consultant at Mt Gambier hospital where she enjoyed teaching Flinders Medical School students and outreach clinics to Pangula Mannamurna.

Rebecca has special interests in Indigenous Health and Gender Affirming care. She is a member of the Neuro developmental and Behavioural Paediatric Society of Australia (NBPSA) and the Australian Professional Association for Transgender Health (AusPATH).

When not working she is a busy mum who loves to paint, draw and craft.

You will require a referral letter from your General practitioner or another medical practitioner in order to get a medicare rebate when you see Dr Rebecca.

 

ADHD

If you are seeing Dr Rebecca about an ADHD diagnosis or treatment the appointments usually follow this pattern.  While waiting to see her here is some other information about ADHD that may be helpful (Link to ADHD information below on paediatrics page)

Two appointments as part of work up for diagnosis and starting medication, if appropriate.

 

Initial appointment

Dr Rebecca will take a history, rule out other medical conditions that can look like ADHD as well as discussed other conditions or diagnosis that your child may have as well or instead of ADHD.

After this appointment the paediatrician will give you some questionnaires to complete for your child’s teacher and parents.  Your child may need some bloods or other investigations.

 

Second appointment- 2 weeks later

Dr Rebecca will discuss the scales, diagnosis and management.  If you are looking at medication for ADHD in addition to behavioural approaches, then Dr Rebecca will discuss options at this appointment as well as complete any paperwork required and school letters.

 

Two week review

If your child is started on medication, Dr Rebecca will arrange a review 2 weeks later, via telehealth or face to face.  At this appointment Dr Rebecca will review how your child is managing with medication for ADHD.  PBS criteria requires this to be a short acting form of the stimulants first. Sometimes children require an extra dose at lunch time or change to long acting doses of the medication.

 

Eight week review

This appointment is face to face.  Medication can cause difficulty maintaining appetite and so your child’s weight will be review as well as a check on their blood pressure.

 

Ongoing appointments

If your GP is willing to prescribe the ADHD medication then you would need to see them for a repeat script in 6 months and review with Dr Rebecca each year.   If you see a GP at Little Pears you won’t require an authority from Drugs of Dependence Unit.  If your child’s regular GP is at another practice, Dr Rebecca will organise the authority for you to see them.

 

Frequently asked questions

1. I have seen a psychologist who has diagnosed me with ADHD.  Why do I need to see the paediatrician twice?  I just want a script for medication.

There are many other conditions that can look a lot like ADHD but have different treatments.  Dr Rebecca uses the first appointment to make sure that your child doesn’t have any of these as well as ensure there are no medical factors that may cause your child to have an abnormal heart rhythm or other side effects from medication.

 

ASD Assessment

If you are wishing to see Dr Rebecca for an ASD diagnosis, the appointments will usually follow this pattern below. Please note: Dr Rebecca will need to work alongside another provider to be able to give out a formal ASD diagnosis.

Initial appointment

If a formal ASD diagnosis is indicated you will be required to book an appointment with a second provider, for the first half of your child’s ASD assessment. This will usually be a Speech Pathologist or Occupational Therapist. This can be discussed in the initial appointment with Dr Rebecca, but this is up to you to organise. Dr Rebecca and the second provider will work together to prepare a formal diagnosis.

 

Second appointment

After seeing the second provider, you will then be booked in with Dr Rebecca for the second half of the ASD assessment. This appointment will incur a cost of $650, Medicare rebate is $250.65 and lead to a formal report.

 

Third appointment

This will occur 2 weeks after the second consult. Dr Rebecca will discuss the report. This appointment will incur a cost of $275.00, Medicare rebate $71.70.

If you need ongoing appointments for management and follow up these will then be arranged at the standard consultation fees.

Please note: For all Medicare Rebate amounts listed above; if you have reached the Medicare Safety Net Threshold, you will receive more back than what is listed. You can check what your safety net threshold is and if reached, via the Express Plus Medicare app.

Medical Interests
  • ADHD
  • Autism Spectrum Disorder
  • Behavioural problems
  • Transgender Health