What is Tourette’s syndrome?

Tourette's syndrome is a neurological disorder characterised by involuntary movements and vocalisations known as tics.

What are the common signs of Tourette’s syndrome?

Tourette's syndrome typically begins in childhood, usually between the ages of two and 15. Common symptoms can include:

  • Motor tics (involuntary movements)
  • Vocal tics (involuntary vocalisations)


We will conduct a thorough evaluation to ensure an accurate diagnosis. A diagnosis of Tourette’s syndrome usually involves a combination of the following:

  • A comprehensive medical history and symptom assessment by a neurologist
  • Physical examination
  • Medical imaging such as an MRI
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Get referred

To receive a diagnosis or treatment from an Epworth specialist, the first step is to schedule an appointment with your GP and request a referral.

Treatment and management

Your Epworth care team will work together with you and your family to plan the best approach to treatment and symptom management.

Your Epworth neurologist and care team may suggest the following to manage symptoms:

Coordination and care

Your Epworth neurologist may arrange referrals to other specialists such as occupational therapists, psychologists, physiotherapists or speech pathologists to address associated challenges.


Your neurologist may prescribe medication to manage tic symptoms.

Ongoing monitoring

Your Epworth care team will arrange follow-up appointments to assess treatment effectiveness and adjust treatment plans as needed.

Deep brain stimulation (DBS)

Deep brain stimulation is a new treatment for Tourette’s syndrome and may be available for some patients.

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Your care team at Epworth

The multidisciplinary team for Tourette’s syndrome includes a specialist neurologist and allied health professionals, such as an occupational therapist and speech pathologist.

Learn more about the health professionals in the neurology care team.

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