Members of the AMA’s Public Health team attended the Royal Australasian College of Physicians’ Child Health roundtable on June 21.
The roundtable event, held at Parliament House, discussed many important issues impacting the health of children in care and protection services.
It brought together doctors, policy makers, stakeholders and politicians to discuss policy approaches to improve health care service delivery models for children in out-of-home care.
RACP President, Dr Jacqueline Small also launched the Health Care of Children in Care and Protection Services Australia 2023 Position Statement which contains 28 recommendations on how to centre child health and mental and emotional wellbeing in policy making and health care service design.
A panel of experts, which included Ms Elizabeth Harnett, Professor Frank Oberklaid, Professor Jonathon Carapetis, Professor Ngiare Brown and Professor Sharon Goldfield, shared expertise and insight to set the tone of discussion for the day.
Presentations were also given by Dr Kim Isaacs and CEO Tracey Brand from Derbarl Yerrigan Health Service in WA, Dr Niroshini Kennedy, Dr Karen McLean, Professor Elizabeth Elliott and Dr Paul Hotton.
MPs who contributed to the discussion throughout the day included Minister for Indigenous Australians, Linda Burney; Assistant Minister for Mental Health and Suicide Prevention and Rural Health, Emma McBride; Dr David Gillespie; Dr Monique Ryan; Dr Mike Freelander; Ms Marion Scrymgour; and Shadow Assistant Minister for Mental Health and Suicide Prevention, Mrs Melissa McIntosh.