We want to make sure Canberra’s children get the healthiest start in life.
To achieve this, families need to be able to access the best possible health care and our health services need to grow as our city grows.
Keeping our kids healthy and delivering better care closer to home is the reason why we are developing a new plan for children’s health services, for children from birth to 16 years old.
The plan will identify how we can:
- improve and strengthen our existing health services and programs to support better outcomes and improve patient experiences
- improve access to services in the community and in hospital
- best plan for the future healthcare needs of our children.
The new plan will cover all ACT public health services across the health continuum, from staying healthy, accessing care in the community or hospital, to rehabilitation and end of life care.
The plan will focus on two major areas:
- Supporting families of children who are sharing, or have needed to share, their care with major city hospitals. This will include how we can better support families to improve services and coordination of their care in Canberra while they are also receiving specialist support interstate.
- Developing nation leading services and supports for new parents, whether it’s for a first baby or a third baby. This will include consideration of universally accessible services in areas such as breastfeeding, early parenting, perinatal mental health and support for families with more complex needs.
The new children’s health services plan, which is being developed throughout 2019/20, will be comprehensive and will set out our priorities for the future.
It will complement other work already underway to improve the health of, and services for, Canberra’s young people, including the maternity access strategy, Year 7 Health Check and 2019-20 Budget commitments to increase health care services available for children and young people.
The plan will be informed by significant community consultation that will commence in September 2019. We want to hear from children, adolescents and families about what is important to them, so they can help shape this important work.
We will keep you updated as we consult and develop the plan.