Research findings: Foster and kinship carers' experiences of accessing health services for children and young people in out-of-home care.

 

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The Foster Care Association of Victoria has been pleased to support an investigation by the Royal Children's Hospital and Murdoch Children's Research Institute into “Access to health for kids in care”.  Our members undertook an online survey and a good number also attended focus group discussions.

 

Dr Karen McLean MBBS FRACP MEpid of The Royal Children's Hospital, Murdoch Children's Research Institute & Department of Paediatrics, University of Melbourne, is leading the research and is pleased to present some initial findings which show Victorian foster and kinship carers report high levels of health service use for children and young people living in their care but mental health services are the most difficult to access. Most carers thought that mental health had not been well assessed. Specific barriers to improve access to health services include timely access to a Medicare number and financial support.

 

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