Journal article

Health professional perceptions regarding screening tools for developmental surveillance for children in a multicultural part of Sydney, Australia

Pankaj Garg, My Trinh Ha, John Eastwood, Susan Harvey, Sue Woolfenden, Elisabeth Murphy, Cheryl Dissanayake, Katrina Williams, Bin Jalaludin, Anne McKenzie, Stewart Einfeld, Natalie Silove, Kate Short, Valsamma Eapen



BACKGROUND: Encouraging early child development and the early identification of developmental difficulties is a priority. The Ministry of Health in the Australian State of New South Wales (NSW), has recommended a program of developmental surveillance using validated screening questionnaires, namely, the Parents' Evaluation of Development Status (PEDS) and Ages and Stages Questionnaire (ASQs), however, the use of these tools has remained sub-optimal. A longitudinal prospective birth cohort "Watch Me grow" study was carried out in the South Western Sydney (SW) region of NSW to ascertain the uptake as well as the strategies and the resources required to maximise engagement in the surveillance p..

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Awarded by National Health and Medical Research Council of Australia

Funding Acknowledgements

This study was funded by the National Health and Medical Research Council of Australia (APP 1013690), through a partnership grant with additional funding contribution from the NSW Ministry of Health and in-kind support from University of New South Wales, South Western Sydney Local Health District, Sydney Children's Hospital Network, and La Trobe University. The funding organisations provided support for the personnel involved in the WMG study, but were not involved in the design, data collection, analysis and interpretation of the data.