Racism and social exclusion make people sick. If the Australian Government is serious about addressing the poor health of many Indigenous children, especially those in rural and remote areas, then it must invest heavily in programs that eliminate racism, and foster inclusiveness and empowerment... more
Local capacity needs to be developed, local communities need to be empowered, and then funded to develop their own solutions to a wide range of health and wellbeing issues. City-centric solutions well-meaningly imposed from afar frequently do not work well. Service delivery in rural and remote... more
Paediatric oncology tertiary centres implement a standard procedure of ensuring every family has access to psychological care (locally or via telehealth) when returning home following their child’s cancer treatment.
NRHA or similar National body should consider forming a coalition of child health and wellbeing expert bodies, which would develop a watching brief on child health, champion an evidence based national child health plan, develop evidence and economic arguments with which to lobby parliamentarians... more
That the Abecedarian Approach be implemented through Educational Day Care centres for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children from 6months to age 3 followed by 2 years of preschool at ages 3 and 4 across Australia
That the gap in developmental vulnerability on 2 or more domains at age 5 in the AEDC scores between Aboriginal and non Aboriginal children by closed by 2025. This should be introduced as a new COAG CTG headline indicator
Let's give a thought on supporting emerging health professions like Physician assistants and Nurse Practitoners, an idea for innovation in health workforce practices.
Are emerging health professions a potential solution to address health workforce maldistribution in rural and remote... more
The purpose of the economy is to support the healthy development of the population especially children and therefore pursuit of profit should never be allowed to harm the health and well being of children.
Prevention planning frameworks for improving rural youth health outcomes should:
- better fund communities to build their own capacity through planned approaches
- maintain involvement in long term prevention planning - even when priorities change for organisations
- resource... more