|Title:||Child Health Services Birth to School Entry Universal Contact Schedule|
|Document ID:||Operational Directive OD 0502/14|
|Date of issue:||Thursday, 20 February 2014|
|Status:||NO LONGER APPLICABLE|
|Description:||For orientation of community health staff to the evidence and scope of the Universal Child Health Contact Schedule within the Community Health Policy Procedures and Guidelines to support clinical service provision for community child health nurses in their work with families of young children.|
|Applicable to:||Community health nurses|
|Category:||Accountability & Audit|
|Period of effect:||from 8 August 2013 to 30 December 2016|
|Review date:||30 December 2016|
|Authorised by:||Professor Bryant Stokes, A/Director General, Department of Health WA, 10-Jan-2014|
|Print version:||View print version|
Child Health Services Birth to School Entry Universal Contact Schedule
This operational directive is to inform Community Health staff employed by the Department of Health of the revised statewide Policy for the delivery of the Child Health Services Birth to School Entry Universal Contact Schedule to families with young children 0 to 5 years of age. This is contained within the Child Health Services – Birth to School Entry - Policy for Universal Child Health Services in Western Australia. Child Health Service Policy Rationale 2010, revised 2013, provides supporting information to the policy.
All Department of Health staff are required to adhere to the Policy when delivering universal prevention and early detection services for children from birth to school entry. Services will be delivered in accordance with the clinical procedures and guidelines identified in the Policy.
The current universal contact schedule is informed by National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC) review of the evidence relating to a range of child health screening tests and by consultation with experts in the field.
Developmental screening forms an important component of the service provided by community child health staff. The timing and content of the Child Health Service Birth to School Entry Universal Contact Schedule reflects the critical periods in a child’s development. The objective is to facilitate the early detection of deviations from normal growth and development and enable early intervention through support, services and/or referral. Community child health staff are in a unique position to work with families to promote health and wellbeing and deliver prevention strategies which are well timed and appropriate to the needs of families. The Policy also emphasises a holistic approach to working with families with babies and young children and the importance of a partnership between the health professional and the family in considering and responding to the needs of the child. The Child Health Service Birth to School Entry Universal Contact Schedule aims to:
Professor Bryant Stokes
This circular last updated: Thursday, 20 February 2014 at 2:34pm