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Child health experts recognise internationally that developmental care is vital to improve long-term health and well being outcomes. A key challenge to the provision of quality developmental care in Aboriginal communities has been the absence of culturally appropriate, structured developmental screening tools.

Dr Anita D’Aprano, Developmental Paediatrician and Senior Research Fellow in Indigenous Child Health, the University of Melbourne.

The ASQ-TRAK is a developmental screening tool for observing and monitoring the developmental progress of Australian Aboriginal1 children at 2 months, 6 months, 12 months, 18 months, 24 months, 36 months and 48 months of age.

It is based on seven questionnaires from the Ages & Stages Questionnaires®, 3rd edition – the ASQ®-3 2 – which were adapted to create a more culturally appropriate version of the tool for Aboriginal children. More information about the ASQ®-3 is available on our FAQ page.

The ASQ-TRAK is an easy-to-use, family centered tool which highlights a child’s strengths as well as catching delays early. It is designed to be administered by interview, making caregivers co-observers in the process while teaching them about child development and their own child’s skills.

1. Where the term ‘Aboriginal’ is used it refers to both Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people.
2. Squires, Twombly, Bricker & Potter, 2009