Journal of Nursing & Patient CareISSN: 2573-4571

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Research Article, J Nurs Patient Care Vol: 1 Issue: 1

Time for Reflection on Maternal Child Health Assessments in Australia: Making a Case for a Three-way Partnership

Susanne Garvis1*, Sivanes Phillipson2, Nishta Rosunee2, Sarika Kewalramani2, Keryn McMahon3 and Colleen Meyer3
1University of Gothenburg, Sweden
2Monash University, Australia
3City of Port Philip, Victoria, Australia
Corresponding author : Susanne Garvis
University of Gothenburg, Sweden
Tel: +46 31 786506
Received: August 11, 2016 Accepted: September 13, 2016 Published: September 20, 2016
Citation: Garvis S, Phillipson S, Rosunee N, Kewalramani S, McMahon K, et al. (2016) Time for Reflection on Maternal Child Health Assessments in Australia: Making a Case for a Three-way Partnership. J Nurs Patient Care 1:1.doi: 10.4172/2573-4571.1000104



Within Victoria, Australia, although there are a number of health checks for children aged birth to 3.5 years, there are none between the age 3.5-5 years. This means children may not be identified to receive the necessary support for their development prior to starting school. Better ways of intervention are needed before children start school, given that there are limited opportunities for checks prior to starting school. This paper reports on an innovative project implementing a preschool health check by a maternal child health nurse and educator at a kindergarten in Victoria, Australia. Using a narrative informed case study involving the nurse, educator and 12 families of 3-5 year old kindergarten children, the results illustrate how the nurse and educator collaborative work on preschool health check is an important initiative for continuously involving families in extra health checks. The findings are discussed around the importance and benefits of introduction of the health check and how families support such an initiative. The paper concludes with acall for reflection on the implementation and effectiveness of child health checks in Victoria.

Keywords: Maternal child health; Preschool checks; Partnerships; Family;Nurse; Educator

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