Better support for children in out-of-home care

8 May 2017

Thousands of children and young people in out-of-home-care will soon benefit from more individualised healthcare through an initiative led by Children’s Health Queensland.

More than 8,000 children and young people in Queensland are in out-of-home care. Currently these children, many with diverse health needs, and their parents, carers and case workers navigate a complex healthcare system ­­- often spanning multiple services and practitioners.

Children’s Health Queensland is collaborating with other providers to help these children by developing clinical services and clinical tools which support integrated health assessments and management of care.

The $743,000 initiative has been made possible through funding from the Queensland Government’s $35 million Integrated Care Innovation Fund.

Children’s Health Queensland Chief Executive Fionnagh Dougan said GPs in the primary care sector, supported by specialists in hospital and health services, would ensure greater coordination of care in future.

“This funding will assist us to deliver more integrated health assessment and care for children and young people in out-of-home care,” Ms Dougan said.

“One component of this is the use of digital solutions to enable better communication.”

The project will be piloted in the Brisbane metropolitan area before a proposed statewide rollout.

The ICIF provides financial support to innovative projects that deliver better integration of care, address fragmentation in services and provide high-value healthcare. It aligns with the State Government’s 10-year strategy for health — My Health, Queensland’s future: Advancing health 2026.

For more information about the ICIF, see:
https://www.health.qld.gov.au/improvement/make-it-happen/integrated-care-innovation-fund

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