Health Professionals

This section contains information and resources relevant to health professionals working with children and young people.


Standards for the Care of Children and Adolescents in Health Services

AWCH Play Provision Policy

AWCH Health Care Policy Relating to Children and Their Families

AWCH Presentations & Articles

AWCH Webinar  - Growing Up with Illness: Towards more nurturing healthcare for children and young people

Consensus standards for the care of children and adolescents in Australian health services

Patient and Family Centred Care

Lessons Learned from Advocating for Children

Transition care for young people - What should we be doing?
For more information visit the GMCT webite:

Changing Hospital Environments - Are Children Falling Through the Gaps?

Changing Hospital Environments - A Rural Perspective

Healthy Solutions for Children: Making the Right Choice

Quality Care and Protection in Children's Wards

Other Useful Resources

NSW Paediatric Rheumatology Model of Care
The ACI Musculoskeletal Network has developed this model of care to support access to appropriate and effective care of children, and their families, who live with a variety of rheumatic conditions.

World Autism Awareness Day 2013 - A Special Virtual Issue

Health on Track
A newsletter for health professionals working with children and young people in out-of-home care.
Autumn 2012 - Issue 1

Physical as
Provides information and help for teachers and schools, parents and carers, and healthcare professionals for school-aged children with medical, developmental and psychological conditions.

Comfort Positioning For Medical Procedures


Medical procedures represent some of the most stressful and potentially traumatizing aspects of pediatric health care. From immunizations to catheterizations to even "simple" ear exams, young children often demonstrate fear and anxiety and struggle to hold still. One proven technique used to comfort children during medical procedures, making the procedure easier for child, family, and medical staff, involves the use of comfort positions or comfort holds. This video, created by the Child Life Department at Dell Children's Medical Center, demonstrates the effectiveness of positioning for procedures and provides examples of specific techniques.

Positioning for Comfort

Presented by Heidi Giese, BS, CCLS, CTRS, CIMI Child Life Manager Saint Joseph’s Children’s Hospital Marshfield Clinic. A powerpoint presentation on comfort positions of infants, children and also parents and medical staff for medical procedures.

Faces Pain Scale - Revised

INJECTIONS Tips to make them less difficult For you and your patients

About CP : Early School Years
The Early School Years Fact Pack is designed to assist teachers, teacher's aides, students and parents to learn more about what may be helpful for children with cerebral palsy in the early years.

Free Checklist Related to Changing the Concept of Families as Visitors
Changing the concept of families as visitors and recognizing families as partners in the care of patients is critical in advancing the practice of patient- and family-centered care. The Institute for Patient- and Family-Centered Care offers a variety of resources concerning family presence and participation during hospitalization. Are Families Considered Visitors in our Hospital or Unit is a free checklist available for download on their Web site. This resource presents a framework to examine staff practices and the hospital infrastructure to determine how well family presence and participation are supported. The checklist is helpful to understand current policies and practices and useful in prioritizing action steps for a plan of change.

The Family-Centered Care Self-Assessment Tool – Provider Tool (pdf)
Health care settings can use this structured tool in quality improvement activities and to support development of the first key component of a medical home as defined by the American Academy of Pediatrics—“provision of family-centered care through developing a trusting partnership with families, respecting their diversity, and recognizing that they are the constant in a child’s life” (AAP, 2002). This tool can be used to increase family satisfaction with the care setting and to increase its standing in the community.

Centre for Oral Health Strategy

Alliance for a Cavity-Free Future
The Alliance for a Cavity-Free Future is a worldwide group of experts who have joined together to promote integrated clinical and public health action in order to stop caries initiation and progression in order to move towards a Cavity-Free Future for all age groups.

AUSMED - The Healthcare Educators
Ausmed Conferences and Publications has been providing nurses and allied health professionals access to high quality Australian education and resources since 1987. Ausmed has a clear understanding of the learning needs of today's nurses and health care professionals, providing accessible education which is both empowering and enabling. provides access and advice for health care professionals on a range of technologies and online resources that can be used to enhance the effectiveness of psychosocial support and mental health care provided to young people. You will:

  • Gain quick access to resources and information for young people
  • Learn about new technologies and what they mean to young people
  • Find answers to questions like "what is social networking?" and "why is it so important for me to know?"
  • Get instructions based on clinician experience on how to incorporate technology into clinical practice
  • Get advice on how to make clinical practice more efficient using technology
  • Access new research and websites that can be useful in your practice

Children's Rights Curriculum
The Children's Rights Curriculum can be used to raise awareness of the Convention on the Rights of the Child by increasing the understanding of its direct application to health and health care policy and practice, raise awareness of the relationship between public policy and the health rights of children and encourage a commitment to the development of an advocacy role related to children's rights.