Initial health check
Identifying and definitional attributes
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|Synonymous names:||Health check|
Initial health checks aim to ensure children and young people receive effective and coordinated health care upon entering the care of the Minister/Chief Executive. Checks are conducted by a health professional and aim to identify any significant health issues and any follow up treatment or specialist referrals required.
Health professionals may conduct assessments across four domains: physical (e.g. health, nutrition, dental, vision and hearing); developmental; psychosocial; and mental health. The following types of
The number and proportion of children and young people who have an initial health check of their physical, developmental, psychosocial and mental health needs within a speciﬁed period of entering out-of-home care is a measure under the National Standards for Out-of-Home Care. These standards state:
'Children and young people entering care are to have their health needs assessed and receive specialised services to respond to their health challenges, so that their chances for optimum health are maximised. The child or young person’s physical, developmental and psychosocial and mental health needs are to be identiﬁed in a preliminary health check. This will provide advice on the specialist services required and the timing of a comprehensive health and developmental assessment. Children and young people are to have their own written health record which moves with them if they change placements' (FaHCSIA 2011).
Source and reference attributes
Research, Evaluation and Data Working Group (REDWG).
Australian Institute of Health and Welfare (AIHW) 2013. Child protection national minimum data set, data collection manual 2012-13. AIHW: Canberra.
FaHCSIA (Australian Government Department of Families, Housing, Community Services and Indigenous Affairs) 2011. An outline of national standards for out-of-home care: A priority project under the National Framework for Protecting Australia's Children 2009-2020. Canberra: FaHCSIA.
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Child—initial health check conducted indicator
Child—initial health check conducted indicator, yes/no/not applicable/not stated/inadequately described code N
Child—initial health check required indicator
Child—initial health check required indicator, yes/no/not applicable/not stated/inadequately described code N
Initial health check conducted indicator
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