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Health service delivery for newly arrived refugee children: A framework for good practice
Article first published online: 7 JUL 2010
© 2010 The Authors. Journal compilation © 2010 Paediatrics and Child Health Division (Royal Australasian College of Physicians)
Journal of Paediatrics and Child Health
Volume 46, Issue 10, pages 560–567, October 2010
How to Cite
Woodland, L., Burgner, D., Paxton, G. and Zwi, K. (2010), Health service delivery for newly arrived refugee children: A framework for good practice. Journal of Paediatrics and Child Health, 46: 560–567. doi: 10.1111/j.1440-1754.2010.01796.x
- Issue published online: 7 JUL 2010
- Article first published online: 7 JUL 2010
- Accepted for publication 11 February 2010.
- child health services;
- cultural competency;
- delivery of health care;
Aim: To propose a framework for good practice to promote improved access, equity and quality of care in service delivery for newly arrived refugee children.
Methods: Development of a framework based on national and international literature and current service models in Australian paediatric refugee health.
Results: Ten elements of a framework for good practice were identified: comprehensive health screening; coordination of initial and ongoing health care; integration of physical, developmental and psychological health care; consumer participation; culturally and linguistically appropriate service provision; inter-sectoral collaboration; accessible and affordable services and treatments; data collection and evaluation to inform evidence-based practice; capacity building and sustainability; and advocacy.
Conclusions: High-quality care can be achieved through a range of service models. The elements identified provide a framework for evaluating current services and for planning future service development. The framework for good practice can be applied to facilitate improvements in refugee health care and to reduce the gap between health needs and currently available services.