Media Releases and Communiques
Child Health and Wellbeing
Health Ministers and Community and Disability Services Ministers meeting in Alice Springs approved four specific initiatives proposed to improve child health and wellbeing.
28 July 2005
Joint CommuniqueHealth Ministers and Community and Disability Services Ministers meeting in Alice Springs approved four specific initiatives proposed to improve child health and wellbeing. These initiatives will develop:
- national evidence based guidelines for antenatal care;
- a consistent and cross sectoral national approach for identifying and supporting vulnerable families in the antenatal period and early years;
- child health and wellbeing headline indicators; and
- core common child health and wellbeing competencies for all who deliver care to children.
These actions have been informed by extensive work at both the Nation, State and territory levels. They will also contribute to agreed goals and outcomes of national initiatives such as the National Agenda for Early Childhood (NAEC) and National Public Health Strategic Framework for Children 2005-2008. In addition, these initiatives will support jurisdiction specific programs for child health and wellbeing, including for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children and support current efforts and continuing collaboration in this area.
Media Contact: Richard O’Leary, Media Advisor for NT Minister for Health, Mobile: 0401 119 586