Integrating cultural considerations and developmental screening into an Australian First Nations child health check

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Reid, Natasha
Page, Marjad
McDonald, Theresa
Hawkins, Erinn
Liu, Wei
Webster, Heidi
White, Codi
Shelton, Doug
Katsikitis, Mary
Wood, Andrew
Draper, Bronwyn
Moritz, Karen
Shanley, Dianne C
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The aim of the present study was to integrate cultural considerations and developmental screening into a First Nations child health check. The 'Share and Care Check,' an optimised child health check, was co-designed with a remote Aboriginal Community Controlled Health Organisation and led by Aboriginal Health Practitioners/Workers. Of 55 families who completed the Share and Care Check, the majority of participants indicated that their family/child was connected with their tribe and country. However, half of the caregivers reported that they or their child would like to know more about their tribe. The most common developmental screening outcome was no functional concerns (32.7%), followed by having one area identified as a functional concern (24.5%) and two functional concerns (16.3%). All caregivers reported that the Share and Care Check was culturally appropriate, and the majority also reported that it was helpful. Data obtained from questions regarding cultural and developmental aspects of health can assist health providers regarding the best pathway of support for a child and their family. This could ultimately contribute to closing the gap through the provision of holistic culturally appropriate services.

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Reid, N; Page, M; McDonald, T; Hawkins, E; Liu, W; Webster, H; White, C; Shelton, D; Katsikitis, M; Wood, A; Draper, B; Moritz, K; Shanley, DC, Integrating cultural considerations and developmental screening into an Australian First Nations child health check, Australian Journal of Primary Health, 2022, 28 (3), pp. 207-214