Push to order genetic tests earlier

GPs can speed up diagnosis for children with intellectual or developmental problems by ordering genetic tests, hearing and speech checks while waiting on a specialist review, an expert says.

Dr Hasantha Gunasekera, a Sydney paediatrician, said the long wait times to see paediatricians in Australia were often compounded by further delays in obtaining these results.

Speech therapist assessment was particularly slow in the public sector, with wait times of more than a year. It was more efficient to put the child on both waiting lists at the same time, rather than delaying the speech