Journal article

Health needs and timeliness of assessment of Victorian children entering out-of-home care: An audit of a multidisciplinary assessment clinic

Karen McLean, Keriann Little, Harriet Hiscock, Dorothy Scott, Sharon Goldfeld

JOURNAL OF PAEDIATRICS AND CHILD HEALTH | WILEY | Published : 2019

Abstract

AIM: To describe the health needs identified in children attending a comprehensive health assessment at a tertiary hospital, multidisciplinary clinic for children following entry to out-of-home care and timeliness of referral and assessment compared with national recommendations. METHODS: This was a retrospective audit of all the children who attended the Pathway to Good Health clinic at The Royal Children's Hospital, Melbourne from May 2013 until 31 August 2016. RESULTS: A total of 119 children aged 0-12 years attended the clinic during the audit period. Of these children, 17% (including more than 30% of 0-2-year-olds) were not up-to-date with immunisations, and 87% had physical health conc..

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