Young Adult Complex Disability Service (YACDS)

Service overview

The Young Adult Complex Disability Service (YACDS) is a statewide service that supports young people (aged 18-40 years) with complex disabilities (predominately Cerebral Palsy) to transition from paediatric healthcare into adult healthcare services through:

  • Multidisciplinary patient centred approach
  • Specialist medical and allied health assessment and support
  • Referral to other specialist services, within and external to St Vincent’s
  • Goal-directed therapy
  • Equipment assessment and advice, including wheelchairs, orthotics and home modifications
  • Establishing links to GPs and community based therapists

Team members

  • Rehabilitation Physicians
  • Physiotherapists
  • Occupational Therapists
  • Social Worker
  • Orthotist
  • Speech Pathologist
  • Dietitian

Service delivery

  • Multi-disciplinary clinics run Tuesday – Thursday
  • Individual allied health therapy appointments may be Monday – Friday.

Eligibility criteria

  • Referral purpose is to transition from paediatric to adult health care services
  • Age 17 – 40 years old
  • Diagnosis is a combination of complex physical and medical needs (single diagnosis not eligible)
  • Medical and allied health input is required (single discipline referrals not accepted)


  • Victorian Statewide service

Referral process

Written referrals can be emailed: or faxed: (03)9231 3808

Minimum referral information:

  • Principal diagnosis
  • Detailed medical and surgical history
  • Reason for referral
  • Any alerts eg. Any behaviour of concern
  • Results of relevant radiology or pathology

Contact details

Young Adult Complex Disability Service

St Vincent's Hospital
PO Box 2900
Fitzroy, Victoria 3065

Ph (03) 9231 4672

Fax: (03) 9231 3808