Child and youth health: health professionals

The Child and Youth Health Strategy Unit supports the best possible health and development for current and future generations of children in the Northern Territory (NT).

The strategy unit recognises that pregnancy and the early childhood years are important to health and development through your entire life.

Role

The role of the Child and Youth Health Strategy Unit is to do the following for children and young people in the NT:

  • establish health and development needs 
  • identify and develop programs or strategies to address identified health and development needs 
  • support and evaluate programs and strategies by the NT health services
  • monitor the impact of programs on health and development 
  • advocate for their needs.

Programs

The strategy unit monitors and evaluates the coverage, compliance and timeliness of the following programs and projects.

Healthy Under 5 Kids  

The Healthy Under 5 Kids education package has been developed in a partnership between the Department of Health and Charles Darwin University (CDU). It is designed to build the skills and knowledge of remote-area practitioners in preventative child health care.

The eight-module program takes 12 weeks to complete and is worth 20 professional development points from the Royal College of Nursing Australia (RNCA). You can use these points as credit towards the Graduate Diploma of Child and Family Health at CDU.

The program covers:

  • normal child health and development
  • development and assessment tools
  • social and emotional wellbeing
  • how to work in partnership with parents.

Annual reports

Read the annual reports for the Healthy Under 5 program:

Healthy School Age Kids Program

Healthy School Age Kids is a collaborative health-screening program between the Department of Health and the Department of Education. It is designed specifically for school-aged children in remote communities.

This evidence-based screening program supports early intervention, health promotion and integrates other relevant programs and services.

Healthy Pregnancy Healthy Baby Book

This booklet has information about pregnancy, birth and early parenting for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander women early in the antenatal period.

It was developed as part of the NT Government's Closing the Gap of Indigenous Disadvantage initiative. In it, women and their families can learn about:

  • antenatal care and tests
  • healthy lifestyle choices
  • alcohol and other drugs
  • labour and birth options
  • being a new parent.

Mothers can take the book home or leave it at the health centre with their pregnancy health record, to discuss during each visit.

To get a copy submit an order form to child.health@nt.gov.au.

Frameworks

The following three child and family health frameworks have been developed by the Council of Australian Governments to improve the health and wellbeing of children, young people and their families in Australia.

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

This framework identifies key strategic priorities to improve health and wellbeing outcomes for children and young people in Australia for the next ten years.

The framework was developed as an evidence-based and measurable set of national priorities to address the emerging health issues for children and young people, from preconception to 24 years of age.

To read the framework go to the COAG Health Council website.

National Framework for Universal Child and Family Health Services

This framework 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 or how they access their health care.

To read the framework go to the Australian Government Department of Health website.

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

A resource to guide local planning and implementation of secondary and tertiary child and family health services. It works in partnership with the broader health system, education and social service sectors.

To read the framework go to the COAG Health Council website.

Contact

You can contact the Child and Youth Health team at the following address.

Child Youth Health Strategy - Health Development
PO Box 40596
Casuarina NT 0811

Phone: (08) 8985 8015
child.health@nt.gov.au

Internal mail contact

4th Floor
Darwin Plaza

More information

 For more information on child and youth health go to these websites:

Last updated: 13 January 2017