Children of Caboolture
Why are we focused on this group?
The high level of health need of children in the Caboolture Hospital catchment is overlaid with social factors, including some areas of significant socioeconomic disadvantage.
Recognition of these needs has resulted in increased service delivery from public, private and non-government providers, as well as a number of initiatives focused on collaborative action to improve outcomes. The Alliance aims to support and extend existing initiatives, and will add value by focusing more directly on information systems to support health service provision for these children.
The Health Alliance has engaged a core group of stakeholders that includes representatives from Metro North Hospital and Health Service, Caboolture Hospital, Brisbane North PHN and Children’s Health Queensland:
- Dr Dana Newcomb, Children's Health Queensland
- Frank Tracey, Children's Health Queensland
- Dr John Waugh, Caboolture Hospital
- Dr Lance Le Ray, Caboolture Hospital
- Laura Stevens, Metro North Hospital and Health Service
- Libby Dunstan, Brisbane North PHN
- Megan Kreis, Metro North Hospital and Health Service
- Kathy Faulkner, Brisbane North PHN
- Warwick Pawsey, Brisbane North PHN
The Alliance has also begun to engage with local services providers, including general practitioners.
There are a number of existing mechanisms to engage with local families and the Alliance will work with key stakeholders to understand how local families feel the health system could be improved.
How have we progressed?
The Health Alliance undertook an extensive consultation and engagement process during the second half of 2018 to understand the local experience. This confirmed the nature and magnitude of the issues in accessing the care people need during this period. As well as ideas for an improved model of care. Overall, the consultation reiterated the need for building supportive relationships in the care of children from birth to six months, not only between families and service providers, but between service providers themselves. Key stakeholders involved in this process included:
• GPs and practice nurses
• hospital nurses, midwives and other clinicians
• community service providers
• emergency services
• Brisbane North PHN
• Indigenous providers.
The Health Alliance will continue to understand the perspectives of local families and work to bring service providers and families together to co-design solutions. This has commenced with primary care, maternity services and child health nurses co-designing an improved model of care. Consultation in 2018 initiated the formation of potential solutions, and the Health Alliance will continue to shape and test these solutions with the community into 2019.