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Child and youth health and wellbeing

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 appointed HeadStart Qld 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-centred services are delivered with individuals 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 Alison Bolton 3864 7536 or email abolton@bsphn.org.au Once you have completed PEDs training and would like to book a second screen and clinic intervention, you may contact HeadStart Qld by calling Belinda Fisher at 0408 071 226 or emailing Belinda.fisher@headstartqld.org.au.