In this episode, GP Bianca Forrester speaks with researcher Dr Susan Webster and Paediatrician Dr Karen McLean about the health needs of kids in out of home care and how we can bridge the gaps they face in accessing health care.
"One of the things to keep in mind for these young people is that when abuse or neglect has occurred, it has been in the privacy of the young person's home. Their parents may not have accessed health care....so kids may have big gaps in their health and medical care."
"They do know what is most important to them and they want to be listened to and heard. Something really wonderful that GPs and nurses (and all of us) can do clinically is to respect their views and try to meet them where they are at."
- Susan recommends the following resource: https://www.ddwmphn.com.au/uploads/publications/CYPC_Final.pdf
- Susan mentioned the Snap that Stigma website https://create.org.au
- Karen discusses TRauma informed care and recommends: https://aifs.gov.au/cfca/sites/default/files/publication-documents/cfca37-trauma-informed-practice.pdf
- HEADSS screening tool: https://www.rch.org.au/clinicalguide/guideline_index/Engaging_with_and_assessing_the_adolescent_patient/
- Aboriginal and torres strait islander child and young people are over represented in out of home care
- Karen Mclean’s research: https://www.mcri.edu.au/news/most-children-living-out-home-care-don’t-access-health-services
- Australian National Standards of care: https://www.dss.gov.au/sites/default/files/documents/pac_national_standard.pdf
- National Framework for Protecting Australia’s Children 2009 – 2020 https://www1.health.gov.au/internet/main/publishing.nsf/Content/cyp-oohc-framework
- Leaving home care plan- Victoria: https://services.dffh.vic.gov.au/leaving-care