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Had our panel medical yesterday..jeez took forever. Both my kids were born prematurely (now 5 and 12), and the panel doctor now said we need to get reports from the pediatricians. I told him my daughter (who is nearly 12) hasn't been to the pedi since she was 6 as there has never been a need. She is doing well and just sees a normal GP if she get sick as it's generally a cold etc. My son who is 5 has only seen a pedi a couple of times when he was small, and recently once for allergies. The panel doc now says that he needs a full report on them both as to developmental milestones, growth charts, full medical history etc...Which I just cannot get. Probably for my daughter until she was around 6 but not since. They have both never really had issues as a result of prematurity. Do you think if I get "something" from the pediatricians and then also get notes from my GP it will suffice? I mean it's ridiculous, the doctor chatted to my son, he could ask him to count if he needed to. I also have an OT report done over a year ago..maybe this should be sent as well?

I understand that due to prematurity there can be issues but heck my son is 5y2mos, can count to 100, do all sorts of sums and has started learning to read. My daughter has no issues and can hold an adult conversation virtually, all of which can be seen if you do a medical properly. Wasn't as if they couldn't walk into his surgery.

UGH just frustrated by further delays.

Anyone had to do these sort of letters before?
 

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I was in a similar situation with my son who has aspergers but no real problems associated with it. He's the brightest in his year group, no health issues, can walk, talk, even the panel Dr said from an hour with him he wouldnt have guessed anything was up BUT because he has a diagnosis we had to get reports from his pead, speech therapist, or etc even tho the only times he would ever see these were at his annual sen meetings for school purposes. Was real frustraiting but its all because the Australian government have very very strict rules re being ' a burden on the state'
We got everything we could get, health visitors books, school reports, medical records. They had to be sent off to Sydney for review which was agonising but it all came good in the end, so try not to worry its just proceedure.
 

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Thanks Nonny. Will find my daughters old OT reports as well if I can, and get as many letters as possible. Doctors just take their time in doing these reports so we back to waiting I guess until they have time to do them...
 

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Yeah I know how you feel, like your while life is in their hands, dramatic I know but it is how it feels lol
Find everything you can, the panel Dr should have written up a letter for you to forward to your pead, gp etc to explain why you need them and to be honest drs do tend to be pretty good. I know my sons has even forwarded reports to hos school over here when they DID notice he had a problem and needed to continue in special ed. So long as your case officer knows the go there's little pressure on you really, its just the waiting. Good luck with it all.
 
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