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Rob Llewellyn-Jones Clinical Centre

In February 2014 Giant Steps opened the Rob Llewellyn-Jones Clinical and Research Centre, a clinic that will enable medical and mental health professionals to join with our established trans-disciplinary teams in providing timely and appropriate support for our complex population of students. This is the first clinic of its kind within a school setting.

The clinic hopes to address many of the issues families face when trying to access additional support for their children; including struggling to find appropriate professionals who understand our unique population, long waiting times for appointments, having to take children to various unfamiliar medical settings, and trying to pull together all necessary information to present to professionals. The Rob Llewellyn-Jones Clinical and Research Centre will run onsite at Giant Steps, meaning that students do not need to be removed to medical settings for long appointments. Our visiting professionals will visit the students in their classrooms or the playground to meet and observe them. The school team will pull together information about the concerns for a student, which may include incidence data, video footage, functional assessments of behaviour and input from the therapists and class team.

Mental health concerns are difficult to diagnose in an autism population and require a multi-modal approach in terms of their treatment. Every young person is different and therefore requires an individual response to the issues that arise from this process.

The Rob Llewellyn-Jones Clinical and Research Centre would not be possible without the wonderful support of The Pamela and Lorenzo Galli Charitable Trust and the Giant Steps Board, in particular Dr Rob Llewellyn-Jones and Mr Steve Anthony. 

For more information please contact

Helen Appleton                helen.appleton@giantsteps.net.au

Andrew Frakes                 Andrew.frakes@giantsteps.net.au

To view the 2014 Clinic report click here.