Allied health professionals recently had the valuable opportunity to network and meet other health practitioners with similar special interest areas at Brisbane South PHN’s first ‘Children and Young People’ Community of Practice (CoP) meeting.

Nineteen allied health professionals met at the Pacific Golf Club on 6 September 2017 to hear a presentation about working with parents of children with chronic health conditions. This is a timely topic as 37 per cent of Australian children aged 0-14 have at least one long-term condition that has lasted or is expected to last six months or more according to the book, Paediatric Nursing in Australia.

Dr Amy Mitchell from the University of Queensland’s Parenting and Family Support Centre discussed barriers and facilitators to involving parents in their child’s healthcare and parenting interventions to improve health outcomes for children. The presentation sparked plenty of lively discussion in the audience. One clinician said: “I enjoyed Amy’s presentation. I like that it gave us strategies and resources rather than solely background information about the topic. I will definitely be looking into Triple P and similar programs for my families.”

Small group discussions were also facilitated to explore future opportunities for this CoP, with the audience agreeing that they would like to further investigate an online group for keeping in touch in addition to face-to-face meetings. Access to AHPs for children is consistently reported by stakeholders and the community as an issue so it was great to see this group connecting, sharing information, and learning together.

When asked what the audience valued most about the meeting, practitioners said they enjoyed networking with other health professionals who are like-minded, had similar interest areas and enjoyed the opportunity to hear what others were having issues, problems and concerns with.

For more information about the different CoPs being established please visit our CoP web page.

Further information

Triple P – Positive Parenting Program