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Child & Youth Health

Role

The Child and Youth Health Strategy Unit in the Department of Health (DoH), supports the attainment of the best possible health and development for current and future generations of children in the Northern Territory (NT). We recognise that pregnancy and the early years of life play key roles, in health and development, over the entire life span.

Functions

  • Support the implementation of core Child and Youth Health programs, across the NT.
  • Develop new programs to better address the needs of NT children and young people.
  • Provide expert technical advice, about Child and Youth Health, across the NT.
  • Advocate for the needs of NT children and young people.
  • Manage the resources for Child and Youth Health programs in the NT.

Child and Family Health Frameworks

The following suite of three COAG Health Council endorsed Frameworks, aim to improve the health and wellbeing of children, young people and their families in Australia. The Frameworks, as described below, have been developed by the Australian and State and Territory Governments, as well as other key stakeholders. The Frameworks:

  • identify the key strategic priorities for child and youth health in Australia for the next ten years;
  • articulate the core service elements necessary to support child and family health across the universal health platform; and
  • describe the core service elements of the child and family health secondary and tertiary systems.

Healthy, Safe and Thriving: National Strategic Framework for Child and Youth Health

Healthy, Safe and Thriving: National Strategic Framework for Child and Youth Health identifies the key strategic priorities to improve health and wellbeing outcomes for children and young people in Australia for the next ten years. The Framework is the overarching policy that draws together other frameworks and policies that relate to child and youth health.

Building on the achievements of the past 20 years, the Framework was developed as an evidence based and measurable set of national priorities in continuing to address the emerging health issues for children and young people from preconception to 24 years of age.

Underpinning the development of the Framework is a comprehensive review of progress made in child and youth health since 1992, which is summarised in the report Twenty Years On - Measuring progress in child and youth health since 1992 and The Scorecard - Twenty Years On, which accompany the Framework as supporting reference documents.

The Framework and the two supporting documents were endorsed by COAG Health Council in August 2015 and are available through the COAG Health Council  website.

National Framework for Universal Child and Family Health Services

The National Framework for Universal Child and Family Health Services outlines the core services that should be available to all Australian children (from birth to eight years) and their families, regardless of where they live, how and where they access their health care. The Framework was published in July 2011 and is available through the Commonwealth Department of Health  website:

National Framework for Child and Family Health Services - Secondary and Tertiary Services

The National Framework for Child and Family Health Services - Secondary and Tertiary Services was published in December 2015. It is a resource to guide local planning and implementation of secondary and tertiary child and family health services, in partnership with the broader health system, education and social service sectors. It aims to articulate the core service elements and facilitate consistency in the planning of services to achieve the best possible health, development and wellbeing for all children and families.

This Framework is available through the COAG Health Council  website.

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