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Child, youth and family

Brisbane South PHN recognises that child health is a key priority issue, with rates of developmentally vulnerable children higher in this region compared to the national average.

The objective of these programs is to integrate development and wellbeing services that support the early years sector and youth sector, including the education workforce, primary health care professionals and families, to improve child health and wellbeing outcomes.

This section details the initiatives commissioned by Brisbane South PHN that focus on the delivery of developmental screening, early identification, early intervention and clinical therapy for children.

The Early Years Development Program

The Early Years Development Program

The Early Years Development Program has been designed to improve the health and wellbeing outcomes for children by strengthening the relationship between the health and education sectors.

This program aims to enhance the understanding and awareness of the Early Years sector in child development milestones, how to recognise children who may not be developing normally, and learn how to engage with parents.

It also aims to remove some of the traditional barriers to accessing developmental services by supporting coordinated, family-centered interventions and targeted services.

The two components of the program are:

1. Workforce capacity building

Brisbane South PHN is currently undertaking the commissioning process for this component.

Who is eligible

All early childhood educators are eligible to participate.

For more information please contact Alison Bolton on 1300 467 265 or email abolton@bsphn.org.au

2. Early intervention and targeted intervention

Brisbane South PHN has commissioned The Benevolent Society to provide integrated early identification and clinical intervention services to children across the region, with a specific focus on children in rural and remote areas.

These family-centered services are placed based to assist access and can be delivered on an individual or in group settings.

Who is eligible

Children within the most geographically isolated areas of Brisbane South PHN region, such as the Redland Bay Islands, Scenic Rim and priority areas within the Brisbane region, who are aged 0 to 8 years of age.

Should you wish to make a direct referral please contact The Benevolent Society on 07 3320 8400.

National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS)

The Early Years NDIS is a new way of providing disability services across Australia to children and families with significant and permanent disability that substantially impacts their day to day functional abilities.

The NDIS takes a lifetime approach to the provision of services and supports to enable people with disability to live an ordinary life so they can achieve their goals and aspirations, and participate in the social and economic life of the wider community.

The full implementation of the NDIS will occur over a three year transition between July 2016 and June 2019.

Factsheet health professionals

Accessing the NDIS

Upcoming events related to the NDIS can be found via our events calendar. Events provide information for people with disability, families and carers, service providers, businesses and the general community.


United Health Education and Learning Program (UHELP)

United Health Education and Learning Program (UHELP)

The UHELP program is designed to engage with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander young people in a culturally appropriate way with a focus on physical, social and emotional wellbeing activities. It also aimed to get young Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people in need of mental health intervention into a health care service using established relationships. The program is built on a partnership with local community Elders and services.

Early Psychosis Youth Services

Early Psychosis Youth Services

The Early Psychosis Youth Services (EPYS) program through headspace Meadowbrook provides integrated early intervention treatment and intensive support to young people aged 12 to 25 years who are at ultrahigh risk of, or are experiencing, a first episode psychosis. This program aims to provide a single point of entry for comprehensive evidence based treatment and support, as well as ease of access to varying levels of intensity of care for young people and their families, replacing often fragmented treatment and support pathways.

Please contact the Child and Youth Program Coordinator by emailing MHAOD@bsphn.org.au