The Western NSW Local Health District (WNSWLHD) has received a generous donation from Kidzfix, a not for profit organisation established to support sick and disadvantaged children in Australia.
WNSWLHD Integrated Child, Young People & Family Wellness Manager, Luke Marks said, “The donation from Kidzfix have been used to purchase an ASQ TRAK kit, a developmental screening tool specifically developed for Aboriginal children, for every Community Health Centre in the WNSWLHD”.
“The kits will be a valuable resource for Child and Family Health Nurses who provide regular developmental health checks for children aged 0-5 years.
“What happens in the first 2000 days of life has been shown to have an impact throughout life. It provides our best opportunity to tackle the health inequities that we know persist across our communities, particularly for Aboriginal people. Early intervention in early life can have both short-term and lifelong benefits”. Luke said.
A challenge in assessing the development of Aboriginal children has been the absence of a culturally appropriate structured developmental screening tool that Child and Family Health Nurses in NSW are able to use.
The ASQ TRAK is a more culturally appropriate tool for Aboriginal children that has been developed by the University of Melbourne. It is now being used in Northern Territory, South Australia and Western Australia in health services and education settings but the tool is currently not used by Child and Family Health Nurses in NSW.
Official handovers from local Kidzfix Rally entrants have been organised for Dubbo, Mudgee and Dunedoo.
“We are very grateful to Kidzfix and the participants for raising this money and donating it to the WNSWLHD”. Luke said.