Queensland Child and Youth Clinical Network

The Queensland Child and Youth Clinical Network (QCYCN) was established in 2009 to drive service improvements in the area of children and young people’s health. Membership comprises a wide range of clinicians from Queensland Health, non-government organisations, research organisations, general practice, and consumers. Membership is open to all clinicians with an active interest in improving the care of children and young people in Queensland.

The QCYCN is an independent, Queensland Health body that is funded by the Healthcare Improvement Unit. However, due to strong strategic alignment the QCYCN is in a unique position and is hosted by Children’s Health Queensland. This enables great collaboration and partnerships to work together to achieve better health outcomes for children and young people across Queensland.

QCYCN better outcomes for children, young people and families
If you would like to join or learn more about the network, please contact us.

Queensland Child and Youth Clinical Network members are invited to attend an annual forum to exchange ideas, information, research, and success stories. The forums are also used to determine future directions for the network to improve the quality of care for people with children and young people, and provide the members with a valuable networking opportunity.

2018 Events

2018 Queensland Childhood Obesity Workshop

Registrations are now open for the 2018 Queensland Childhood Obesity Workshop. This is a free event – videoconferencing and a light lunch will be available.
The Workshop is for all health professionals and clinicians across Queensland with an interest in childhood overweight and obesity prevention and treatment.
Workshop highlights include:

  • Keynote Speakers – hear from national leaders in childhood overweight and obesity management
  • Launch of the Growing Good Habits (GGH) website – Health Professionals portal, along with the Queensland Childhood Obesity Model of Care: “An integrated approach for tackling childhood overweight and obesity in Queensland”.  Learn how these newly developed resources can help guide childhood overweight/obesity prevention and management within your local setting.
  • Two Professional Development opportunities:
    1. How to raise the issue of weight with families – Childhood Overweight and Obesity Project ECHO® presentation and case study from a multidisciplinary team of experts
    2. Circle of Security and Attachment-Based Parenting – translating to childhood overweight/obesity management.

2017 Events

QCYCN annual forum

Short Series

Forums and events archives

2016 Events
Care for All – Children, families, clinicians and services
Queensland Child and Youth Clinical Network Forum


Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health Workers Forum

In March 2016, the QCYCN hosted a two day forum at the Lady Cilento Hospital, Brisbane, for 80 Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Child & Youth Health Workers from around Queensland. The forum included a robust discussion around the challenges and solutions for the indigenous workforce and speakers covered contemporary cutting edge topics including drugs, addiction and the impacts of ICE, suicides and depression. Children’s Health Queensland statewide services including the Simulation Training on Resuscitation for Kids (STorK) program, the management of poisons and the Children’s Advice and Transport Communication Hub (CATCH) program were also discussed.

The outcomes of the forum built on previous work by the QCYCN, reinforcing the concerns and issues facing the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Child & Youth Health Workers, including:

  • Limited or no opportunities for traineeships or mentoring specific to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Child and Youth Health Workers
  • Limited Indigenous leadership or strategic voice at a HHS level
  • No provisions for community (Elders) to support Health workers
  • No Indigenous reference groups
  • Limited funding for professional development.

The forum was an excellent example of coordination, collaboration and support between partners. Discussions are now underway to take this project forward in a strategic, collaborative way.

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Child and Youth Health Worker Forum Report March 2016

2015 Events

Past events

The QCYCN Steering Committee comprises a multidisciplinary mix of Queensland Health clinicians, representatives of general practice and consumers. The committee represents diverse health facilities across the state, including community, primary and acute healthcare settings. The committee is responsible for overseeing the strategic and operational activities of the QCYCN and also the initiatives of the various working groups.

The purpose of the QCYCN Steering Committee is to:

  • Focus on clinical practice improvement and provide expertise, direction and advice to the Queensland Health Executive in relation to child and youth health services; specifically standards, planning, workforce, quality, research and clinical information systems.
  • Improve the quality and safety of child and youth health services.
  • Provide expertise, direction and advice to clinicians caring for patients in relation to child and youth health care and evidence based best practice.
  • Develop an open and supportive environment for clinicians and other government and non-government personnel involved in the child and youth health care of patients.
  • Foster education and research in this area.
  • Oversee the strategic and operational activities of the QCYCN.
  • Oversee the initiatives of the various working groups.

The purpose of the Child Health Sub Network is to:

  • Focus on improving child health clinical practice across Queensland by providing expert, direction and advice to Hospital and Health Services specifically in relation to clinical standards, planning, workforce development, research and clinical information systems.
  • Harness the collective knowledge and expertise of child health nurses and health professionals delivering care within child and family health services.
  • Support research and quality improvement across child and family health services.
  • Influence Hospital and Health Service managers and clinical leaders with regard to how care and services are provided for children and families.
  • Provide an open supportive forum where child health nurses, health professionals, and other government and non-government personnel can discuss and plan for the future of child and family health services.
  • Support the General Manager Operations in meeting responsibilities outlined in The Public Service Act 2008, The Health Services Act 2011 and other relevant legislation.
  • Support the Hospital and Health Board in meeting their responsibilities outlined in the Hospital and Health Boards Act 2011 and the Service Agreement for Children’s Health Queensland.
  • Set an example of high functioning team behaviours and a culture of performance through the effective conduct and management of committee functions and member interactions.


The function of the Child Health Sub Network is to:

  • Identify Queensland Health core business in the delivery of child and family health services in the context of broad partnerships with other Government departments, educational institutions, NGOs and community agencies.
  • Identify current clinical practices and recommend practice standards that support the implementation of contemporary, evidence-based service delivery models across child and family health services.
  • Develop evidence-based guidelines and practices relevant to child and family health with recommendations to, and endorsement from, Statewide Clinical networks.
  • Support the implementation of the Queensland Universal Framework for Child Health across Hospital and Health Services.
  • Identify key performance indicators that are measurable using existing data collection methodologies and work in collaboration with Hospital and Health Services to recommend and support consistency in child health data collection across Queensland.
  • Provide high level advice to the Queensland Child and Youth Clinical Network Steering Committee and to work collaboratively with other Network Working Groups.

Key Documents:

The Child Development Sub Network (CDSN) convened in November 2009 following the identification of child development as a clinical priority area for children’s health and wellbeing in Queensland. At its inception it was known as the Child Development Working Group. Its evolution from working group to sub network reflects an acknowledgement of the work that has been delivered by this group and also of the significant ongoing need in this clinical service area.

The purpose of the CDSN is to, through cooperation and collaboration, provide clear apolitical advice on matters regarding child development services in Queensland Health HHSs with particular reference to:

  • Service delivery and standards of clinical care
  • Planning, quality, research and clinical information systems
  • Present and future workforce issues
  • Local policy and advocacy as they relate to the above

Membership of the group is multidisciplinary and includes representation from medical and allied health disciplines from across the state. The group has met monthly since its inception.

A number of documents have been developed by the sub network as resources to inform service planning. These include:


Main priorities for the next 12 months include:

  • Implementation of clinical service standards
  • Pathways of care for priority populations including adverse event neonates, children with medical and mental health co-morbidities, children from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds, children who live in out of home care, and Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children
  • Begin to establish interagency partnerships more formally, beyond health
  • Plan for the statewide roll out of the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS)
The purpose of the Paediatric Palliative Care Working Group is to focus on improving the quality and safety of care to children with palliative care needs, including:

  • Promoting equity of access to high quality, evidence-based, family centred palliative care in Queensland, and delivering such care in a seamless fashion across organisations and professional groups
  • Promoting efficient planning of palliative care services for the state, providing expertise, direction and advice to Queensland Health in relation to palliative care for children and adolescents

The Working Group has successfully completed a number of projects and produced several documents. Priorities include:


Quality of Care Collaborative of Australia (QuoCCA) for Paediatric Palliative Care Education

Position Statement

Position Statement by Palliative Care Australia and the Australian and New Zealand Paediatric Palliative Care Reference Group

Paediatric Acute Resuscitation Plan

Queensland Charter for Children and Young People Affected by a Life Limiting Condition

The Working Group received an invitation from the Queensland Clinical Senate to develop a specific paediatric End-of-life Care Patient Charter for patients and their families. The Charter can be found here .

Advance Care Planning in Paediatrics

The Working Group will be focusing on this aspect of clinical practice in 2016.

The role of the Paediatric Obesity Working Group (POWG) is to, through cooperation and collaboration, provide clear advice on matters regarding paediatric obesity services. The membership of POWG is currently continuing on:

  • Completion and publishing of the MOC document for paediatric obesity
  • Development and implementation of paediatric obesity clinic and establishment of links statewide
  • Collaboration with the Queensland Clinical Senate regarding the Obesity Forum to be held in July 2015
  • Re-establishing regular contact with the POWG members to support statewide linkages, research, advocacy and resources

Growing Good Habits is Queensland’s flagship online hub tackling childhood obesity, a ‘one-stop shop’ for the most up-to-date and evidence-based information, resources, tools and research.

Epilepsy, the predisposition to recurrent seizures and the consequences of this, affects around 1 per cent of children. It is a high-impact condition resulting in an increased risk of mortality (predominantly from Sudden Unexpected Death in Epilepsy, but also from accidental death and death from the underlying cause of the epilepsy) and has a significant impact on a person’s development and psychological and educational well-being.

In recognition of this, on the 28 September 2009, a statewide managed clinical network known as QPEN (Queensland Paediatric Epilepsy Network) was established as a sub network of the Statewide Child and Youth Clinical Network. More information, resources and helpful links can be found on the Children’s Health Queensland Neurosciences Department webpage.

Children’s Health Queensland (CHQ) and the Queensland Child and Youth Clinical Network (QCYCN) are working in partnership to understand the interface between the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) and health services for children.

Paediatric health services planning for the National Disability Insurance Scheme report

For Queensland Health staff only

Visit the Children’s Health Queensland NDIS intranet page for more information.