National Framework for Universal Child and Family Health Services

The National Framework for Universal Child and Family Health Services articulates a vision, objectives and principles for universal child and family health services for all Australian children aged zero to eight years and their families

Page last updated: 20 May 2013

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July 2011

Vision, objectives and principles for universal child and family health services for all Australian children aged zero to eight years

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Acknowledgements

The National Framework for Universal Child and Family Health Services has been prepared by the National Child Health and Wellbeing subcommittee of the Australian Population Health Development Principal Committee of the Australian Health Ministers’ Conference (AHMC).

The Child Health and Well Subcommittee would like to thank the project team led by Professor Virginia Schmied from the University of Western Sydney for preparing the final draft of the Framework and The Allen Consulting Group for their work in preparing the initial draft of the Framework. We also are appreciative of the time that many practitioners, service managers and jurisdictional representatives gave to participate in consultations and provide feedback on drafts of this document.

The Project Team

Dr Virginia Schmied
Professor, School of Nursing and Midwifery, University of Western Sydney,
Adjunct Professor, School of Nursing, Midwifery and Health, University of Technology, Sydney

Dr Sue Kruske
Associate Professor, Maternal, Child and Family Health, Graduate School of Health Studies,
Charles Darwin University

Dr Lesley Barclay
Professor and Director, Northern Rivers University Department of Rural Health, University of Sydney

Dr Cathrine Fowler
Professor for Tresillian Chair in Child and Family Health, Faculty of Nursing,
Midwifery & Health, University of Technology, Sydney

Project Advisers

Dr Caroline Homer
Professor, Centre for Midwifery, Child and Family Health, University of Technology, Sydney

Dr Lynn Kemp
Associate Professor and Director, Centre for Health Equity Training Research and Evaluation
University of NSW

Project Officers

Ms Elaine Burns, Ms Sue Harvey, Ms Lindy Danvers
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