Child, youth and family
On this page:
- Early childhood development (paediatrics)
- Children in care
- Southern Moreton Bay Islands child and family support
- More information
With rates of developmentally vulnerable children higher in our region compared with the national average, Brisbane South PHN has identified child and youth health and wellbeing as a regional health care priority. We are working with health care services and progressing initiatives to improve child health and development and address primary health issues impacting on family wellbeing.
Early childhood development (paediatrics)
Referral information for child health, child development, child and youth mental health services, and perinatal mental health services is available below.
Thriving and On Track Program
If your patient attends long daycare in Logan or Inala/Richlands, is aged between 2.5 and 3.5 years old, and attends a participating childcare centre, they may be eligible for the Thriving and On Track (TOTs) Program. This program provides targeted child health screening and child health checks, and short-term allied health support on-site at their childcare centre.
Children in care
Your patient may be able to access additional support through local health assessment pathways.
Bayside Child Safety Service Centre
The Bayside Child Safety Service Centre provides support to your patients and their carer/s with a pathway for comprehensive health assessment and development of individual health management plans.
Yulu-Burri-Ba Aboriginal Corporation for Community Health
If your patient identifies as Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander, Yulu-Burri-Ba will provide a culturally safe health assessment and management plan. Click here to find out more about Yulu-Burri-Ba.
Brisbane, Logan and Beaudesert areas
For patients in the Brisbane, Logan and Beaudesert areas, health care information for children in care, including Child Safety Service Centre information is available through the SpotOnHealth HealthPathways portal.
Brisbane South PHN have a quality improvement toolkit that will assist:
- improve the identification and recording of children and young people in care, including carer and child safety centres
- ensure systems are in place at your practice to manage children and young people in care including always booking a longer appointment, uploading important information to My Health Record and ensuring continuity of care is maintained (reminders, recalls)
- outline the assessment and planning process and how to access relevant templates
- identify Medicare Benefit Schedule (MBS) item numbers available for children and young people in care.
Navigate Your Health
Navigate Your Health is a program established in partnership between Children’s Health Queensland, the Department of Child Safety, Youth and Women, the Department of Youth Justice and the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Community Health Service (ATSICHS) Brisbane.
The program provides Nurse Navigator-led complex care coordination for children and young people entering out of home care and those already in care at select Child Safety Service Centres, including arranging for the child or young person’s health assessment to be completed.
Referrals to the program are made by the child or young person’s Child Safety Officer. The following child safety service centres are eligible:
- Moreton region – Alderley, Chermside, Mt Gravatt, Cannon Hill, Inala, Forest Lake
- South east region – Logan Central, Loganlea.
Southern Moreton Bay Islands child and family support
Brisbane South PHN is working closely with the Southern Moreton Bay Islands (SMBI) community to improve the health and wellbeing of children aged from birth to 8 years old, including improving maternity care, through the SMBI Community Impact Initiative.
The four key focus areas of the initiative are:
- health and child development, early childhood support and school readiness
- a strong and connected community
- healthy family relationships
- wellbeing programs and recreational activities for school-aged children.
Connect with SMBI Services
To ensure patients and carers in this area are easily able to connect with local health care services, they are encouraged to Like and Follow the SMBI Families Facebook Page which lists pop-up child health and development clinics, including dates and times, and access information.
Family and Child Connect – 13FAMILY (13 32 64)
Family and Child Connect is a not-for-profit organisation that can help with a range of family and parenting challenges. When someone contacts us, they speak with an experienced family support worker who will discuss their specific situation and identify appropriate support services.
Children’s Health Queensland
Children’s Health Queensland (CHQ) is a specialist statement hospital and health service dedicated to caring for children and young people that provides an integrated network of children’s health services. CHQ is committed to providing patients and families with up-to-date and easy-to-understand child health information and delivers safe, high-quality patient and family-centred care.