Journal article

Foster and kinship carer experiences of accessing healthcare: A qualitative study of barriers, enablers and potential solutions

Karen McLean, Jessica Clarke, Dorothy Scott, Harriet Hiscock, Sharon Goldfeld

CHILDREN AND YOUTH SERVICES REVIEW | PERGAMON-ELSEVIER SCIENCE LTD | Published : 2020

Abstract

Children living in out-of-home care are known to have more health needs than same-aged peers. Routine health assessment with subsequent management of need is recommended by health experts. In Victoria, Australia, the out-of-home care system relies upon home-based care through kinship (with family) and foster carer placements, placing some of the healthcare access and utilisation burden upon foster and kinship carers. This paper explores the experiences of Victorian foster and kinship carers accessing timely health assessment and ongoing healthcare for a child placed in their care; identifying barriers and enablers. Through interviews with 19 carers, we found that while carers play a signific..

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Grants

Awarded by Australian National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC) Practitioner Fellowship


Funding Acknowledgements

This research is supported by the Victorian Government's Infrastructure Support Program and the Department of Health and Human Services, Victoria. K McLean is supported by an Australian Government Research Training Program Scholarship and a Murdoch Children's Research Institute Scholarship. S Goldfeld is supported by Australian National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC) Practitioner Fellowship 1082922. H Hiscock is supported by Australian National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC) Practitioner Fellowship 1136222.