Health Professionals

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

Policies and Standards

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

Charter on the Rights of Children and Young People in Healthcare Services in Australia

AWCH Presentations & Articles

Council of Children's Nurses professional development day  - 'Working Together'

AWCH Webinar  - Growing Up with Illness: Towards more nurturing healthcare for children and young people Part 1 and Part 2

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

Patient and Family Centred Care

Lessons Learned from Advocating for Children

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

Transition care for young people - What should we be doing?
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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.

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.

ONE VOICE Makes a Difference

Being a patient can be a very frightening experience for a person of any age. Because children process information from the world around them much differently than adults, the healthcare environment can be particularly traumatic for children and teenagers. ONE VOICE helps healthcare professionals identify and create a less threatening environment for the pediatric patient.

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

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

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.