Dr Caroline Hodge has been based at The Hummingbird Centre since 2019.
Caroline's initial Paediatric sub-specialty training focused on child behaviour, development and learning issues, including children in foster or kinship care. She undertook further specialist training in children with severe physical disability and established the HNEKidsHealth Paediatric Rehabilitation Service in 2010. She has worked at John Hunter Children’s Hospital since 2002, leaving in 2016 to start private practice to explore more encompassing models of care for children and families. She has also undertaken training in Tasmania, Adelaide and Dorset UK.
Caroline works with children and their families from a strengths based, holistic approach to health that encompasses family needs. She also works closely with key people around the child to ensure best outcomes for each child and family. She welcomes working with allied health professionals regardless of location to achieve optimal care.
Dr Kumudu Rathnayaka has been working with The Hummingbird Centre team since 2019.
Kumudu is a senior Child and Adolescent Psychiatrist working across different service settings including both public and private sectors. Kumudu did her primary medical degree in Sri Lanka, specialising in Psychiatry and has been working in Australia since 2005.
Kumudu is available to existing clients of The Hummingbird Centre for short-term care.
How can I make an appointment with Dr Hodge for my child?
You will need to visit your GP to get a referral to Dr Hodge. When we have received the referral from your GP the referral is then triaged by Dr Hodge who will let us know if she is the most appropriate Paediatrician to see your child and a time frame for an initial appointment. Following this, we will contact you with the outcome of your referral.
How can I make an appointment with Dr Rathnayaka?
Dr Rathnayaka's books are closed to new clients (as of 2020).
How do I get my child’s next script?
Please note we need at least 7 days notice before a script is due to expire or repeats have run out. It is the parents responsibility to ensure their scripts are up to date. If you contact the centre within this time frame we will pass the request onto Dr Hodge who will determine if it is appropriate to write another script. Please note you may need to attend the clinic for a follow up appointment before Dr Hodge is able to write the script so please allow enough time to get an appointment with Dr Hodge or book your appointments in advance.
If Dr Hodge writes a new script we will contact you to come collect the script from our Broadmeadow Clinic within business hours. We can post scripts however, posting scripts will incur a $25 fee as they need to be posted registered express post. When you call please note, what script your child needs, when it will run out, what dosage your child is taking and the pharmacy the script will be filled.
How often do I need to re-new my child’s referral?
The majority of referral’s for Paediatricians are for twelve months from your initial appointment with Dr Hodge. You will need to re-new your referral every 12 months after your initial appointment. It is the parents responsibility to know when the referral is up for re-newel and to ensure you have a referral that is in date. Please ask the reception staff before your appointment if you need help knowing if you need another referral.
What if a third party is funding my child’s appointments?
If a third party is funding your appointments we need confirmation in writing from the third party BEFORE your initial appointment that they are happy to fund the appointments.
What should I do if run out of my script?
As we are not an emergency service we are unable to provide emergency scripts. If it is an emergency you will need to present to your local hospital who are able to write a short term script if appropriate. After this please book an appointment to see Dr Hodge and she will be able to write a script if deemed appropriate.