Pictured L – R: Karen Misso – Health Navigator, Imogen Holt – Health Navigator, Reeny Jurczyszyn – Program Manager, Child Protection, Cheryl Glidden – Health Navigator, Dyanne Moxham – Health Navigator, Deb McCormack – Health Navigator

8 November 2018

Brisbane children and young people in out-of-home care are benefitting from a new coordinated care model focussed on giving them the best possible health outcomes.

Minister for Health Steven Miles and Minister for Child Safety, Youth and Women, Di Farmer, today launched the ‘Navigate Your Health’ pilot at the Queensland Children’s Hospital.

Research shows that young people in out-of-home care are often likely to have poorer health outcomes than their peers due to their unstable and often changing home environment.

This Navigate Your Health pilot is designed to strengthen relationships and communication between a child’s lead health professional, usually a GP, and other agencies and staff involved in their care to ensure they are receiving the best possible care.

Minister Miles said four Health Navigators – three nurses and one social worker – were playing a key role in helping vulnerable young people access the care they need.

“Navigating the healthcare system can be confusing for anybody, and it can be even harder for young people who might need to visit multiple health professionals,” Mr Miles said.

“This trial is to ensure children and young people living in out-of-home care in Brisbane are getting all the health care they need by making sure they’re connected to the right service.

“This includes taking into account whether they are in out-of-home care and other factors such as their family background, culture, disability status and health history.

Navigators are coordinating and monitoring participants in the trial to ensure they receive health and developmental assessments, and that referrals are made to appropriate healthcare services.

The model is based on international examples, and it is already setting an example in Australia, with other states across the country looking to Queensland to lead by example.

The two-year trial is being jointly delivered by Children’s Health Queensland, the Department of Child Safety, Youth and Women, and the Brisbane Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health Service.

If proved successful, the program will be rolled out statewide.