We want to make sure children and young people in Canberra get the healthiest start in life.
To achieve this, families need to be able to access the best possible health care and so our health services need to grow as our city grows.
We are developing a new Child and Adolescent Clinical Services plan to ensure families, children and young people are able to access the best possible health care, closer to home.
The development and implementation of a Child and Adolescent Clinical Services Plan is a Focus Area of the ACT Health Services Plan 2022-30 which sets a roadmap for the redesign and redevelopment of health services and infrastructure across the ACT.
The Child and Adolescent Clinical Services 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
- plan for the future healthcare needs of our children.
The new Plan will cover all ACT publicly funded and delivered health services across the care continuum, from staying healthy, accessing care in the community or hospital, to rehabilitation and end of life care.
The Plan will look at how we can improve local access to services and strengthen shared care arrangements where children and families are accessing specialist care interstate.
The Plan will complement other work already underway to improve the health of, and services for, Canberra’s children and young people, including expansion of the Centenary Hospital for Women and Children, the Maternity in Focus - The Public Maternity System Plan for 2022-2032, Year 7 Health Check and the development of the First 1000 Days Strategy.
The Child and Adolescent Clinical Services Plan will be finalised by mid 2023.
Family experiences and expectations of accessing interstate specialist care
As part of our ongoing work to improve services for children and young people, ACT Health engaged the Health Care Consumers' Association (HCCA) to undertake interviews with children and families who are or have been subject to interstate care arrangements.
The HCCA Consumer and Family Experiences and Expectations of Accessing Interstate Specialist Care: The Kids Interstate Shared Care report makes 17 recommendations across a range of issues including improving care coordination, access to information, improving patient and family experiences of care and supporting families and children. The findings in this report have informed the development of the Child and Adolescent Clinical Services Plan.