The role of parents and carers

Navigate Your Health recognises it’s better for the child or young person when health, child safety and/or youth justice services work together to support children, young people and their parents or carers.

As a parent it’s important to:

  • discuss any worries about the health history of your child or young person
  • provide information to help the Nurse Navigator understand your child or young person’s health care needs
  • attend your child or young person’s health assessment where possible
  • make decisions about certain types of medical examinations and treatments your child or young person requires.

As a foster carer or kinship carer, it’s important to:

  • support your child or young person’s attendance at all appointments
  • participate in the planning and coordination of your child or young person’s healthcare
  • talk with your Child Safety or Youth Justice officer and Nurse Navigator if you have concerns about your child or young person’s health or wellbeing
  • keep a copy of your young person’s health management plan in their Health Passport
  • encourage your child or young person’s to visit their general practitioner at least once a year for a health check
  • remind young people transitioning to adulthood to keep a copy of their health management plan in a safe place.