Child Digital Health Checks

Child health checks; digital health for life!

The Child Digital Health Check initiative will explore how to securely share standardised child health check information for Australian children and young people up to the age of 12. It was launched in October 2018 with the release of a discussion paper: Defining the scope of the Child Digital Health Checks.

The initiative will aim to use co-design principles to develop a digital solution that can meet the changing healthcare needs of children as they develop into teenagers.

Child health checks conducted for school aged children living in Australia are varied; some are conducted in the school health system, and some are facilitated through the primary healthcare sector. Within this age bracket, health checks become less universal and more targeted at vulnerable populations.

National frameworks encourage regular connections with healthcare services to facilitate early identification, intervention, and provide the opportunity to improve education and boost health literacy.

Currently, health information that is recorded often stays within the health care provider’s software, is not shared electronically, and is not readily accessible to carers or healthcare providers. This can limit the opportunities for early detection, diagnosis, and intervention for common and treatable conditions by a child or young person's wider care team.

Accessing appropriate health information can support inclusive and integrated healthcare services, inform professionals in making decisions, and help to coordinate health service’s that a child or young person may require.

This work is led by the Northern Territory in partnership with Western Australia.

Who will Child Digital Health Checks cover?

The Child Digital Health Checks initiative will capture standardised health checks which are completed for children and young people up to age 12.

It is expected that the Child Digital Health Checks will be particularly useful for early detection, diagnosis, and intervention for common and treatable conditions by a child’s wider care team.

This solution will be a continuation of the Digital Pregnancy Health Record and the Child Digital Health Record. These initiatives aim to improve access to information, inform integrated care and enhance the national longitudinal child digital health record.

Child health checks; digital health for life!

The Child Digital Health Check initiative will explore how to securely share standardised child health check information for Australian children and young people up to the age of 12. It was launched in October 2018 with the release of a discussion paper: Defining the scope of the Child Digital Health Checks.

The initiative will aim to use co-design principles to develop a digital solution that can meet the changing healthcare needs of children as they develop into teenagers.

Child health checks conducted for school aged children living in Australia are varied; some are conducted in the school health system, and some are facilitated through the primary healthcare sector. Within this age bracket, health checks become less universal and more targeted at vulnerable populations.

National frameworks encourage regular connections with healthcare services to facilitate early identification, intervention, and provide the opportunity to improve education and boost health literacy.

Currently, health information that is recorded often stays within the health care provider’s software, is not shared electronically, and is not readily accessible to carers or healthcare providers. This can limit the opportunities for early detection, diagnosis, and intervention for common and treatable conditions by a child or young person's wider care team.

Accessing appropriate health information can support inclusive and integrated healthcare services, inform professionals in making decisions, and help to coordinate health service’s that a child or young person may require.

This work is led by the Northern Territory in partnership with Western Australia.

Who will Child Digital Health Checks cover?

The Child Digital Health Checks initiative will capture standardised health checks which are completed for children and young people up to age 12.

It is expected that the Child Digital Health Checks will be particularly useful for early detection, diagnosis, and intervention for common and treatable conditions by a child’s wider care team.

This solution will be a continuation of the Digital Pregnancy Health Record and the Child Digital Health Record. These initiatives aim to improve access to information, inform integrated care and enhance the national longitudinal child digital health record.