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Initial health check

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Metadata item type:Help on this termGlossary Item
Synonymous names:Help on this termHealth check
METeOR identifier:Help on this term532593
Registration status:Help on this termChildren and Families, Standard 22/11/2016
Definition:Help on this term

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
assessment are usually included as part of initial health checks:

  • Medical exam/health assessment by a GP
  • Dental exam
  • Health needs and health assessment (e.g.
    consultation with existing health service providers)
  • Immunisation status
  • Nurse health and development assessment,
    including oral health
  • Mental health.
Context:Help on this term

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

Submitting organisation:Help on this term

Research, Evaluation and Data Working Group (REDWG).

Origin:Help on this term

Australian Institute of Health and Welfare (AIHW) 2013. Child protection national minimum data set, data collection manual 2012-13. AIHW: Canberra.

Reference documents:Help on this term

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.

Relational attributes

Metadata items which use this glossary item:Help on this term

Child—initial health check conducted indicator Children and Families, Standard 22/11/2016
Community Services (retired), Recorded 16/10/2014

Child—initial health check conducted indicator, yes/no/not applicable/not stated/inadequately described code N Children and Families, Standard 22/11/2016
Community Services (retired), Recorded 16/10/2014

Child—initial health check required indicator Children and Families, Standard 22/11/2016
Community Services (retired), Recorded 16/10/2014

Child—initial health check required indicator, yes/no/not applicable/not stated/inadequately described code N Children and Families, Standard 22/11/2016
Community Services (retired), Recorded 16/10/2014

Initial health check conducted indicator Children and Families, Standard 22/11/2016
Community Services (retired), Recorded 16/10/2014

Initial health check required indicator Children and Families, Standard 22/11/2016
Community Services (retired), Recorded 16/10/2014

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