Child and family-centred care

Child and family-centred care

Child and family-centred care

Our paediatric healthcare services follow a child and family-centred approach. This means that you (the child, young person, family member or caregiver) are the focus of our care. As health professionals we aim to work in partnership with you to improve your health and wellbeing. It is important to us that you feel valued, respected, and involved in decisions about your health.

Shared responsibility (supported self-management)

Shared responsibility involves young people, family/caregivers and clinicians working together as a transition team and acting as partners in the management of chronic conditions.

Shared responsibility can be achieved by:

  • the child and young person owning the transition process
  • their family/caregivers acknowledging the young person’s growing autonomy
  • paediatric health care professionals:
    • being accepting of the child’s/young person’s growing autonomy and readiness for managing their own heath care needs and supporting them through this process
    • working collaboratively with the child's/young person’s general practitioner (GP)
    • promoting positive self-management behaviours at every interaction, facilitating discussions between the young person and their family/caregiver about how the division of responsibility for health tasks is shared
  • everyone being aware of options that are available in the community to further support the young person (peer support and social networking)

More information regarding Supported Self -Management can be found on the Primary Health Tasmania website

"In a family what affects one, affects all."

According to the Charter of Rights of Children and Young People in Australian Health Care Services (1997), family is defined as “the group of people who constitute the child’s [or young person’s] family and is defined by the child [or young person’ and those closest to him or her. It is not necessarily limited to blood relatives.”

Disclaimer: this website contains general health information and does not replace the advice of a health professional.

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