Beyond the first 2000 days: exploring the potential for a child digital health record

Health records covering the period from the birth of a child to four years of age – the first 2,000 days of life – have been a standard feature of health care in Australia for many years. These parent-held records document the child’s immunisations, developmental checks and other major health events and facilitate communication and information-sharing between parents and health care professionals. However, no similar widely implemented record exists for older children.

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Developing the Keep Queenslanders Healthy Evaluation Framework

In response to the growing trends in suicide and concerning number of overweight and obese Queenslanders, the Queensland Government identified the Keep Queenslanders Healthy priority as part of Our Future State: Advancing Queensland’s Priorities

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Evaluation of the National Support for Child and Youth Mental Health Program and Longitudinal Research Plan

An ISSR team of mixed-method researchers, led by Professor Simon Smith, is undertaking the overarching evaluation of the National Support for Child and Youth Mental Health Program. The program is an initiative designed to build the capability of, and coordination between, national providers (including Beyond Blue and Emerging Minds) to support positive mental health in young Australians.

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Evaluation of the Pharmaceutical Benefits Scheme Subsidised Take Home Naloxone Pilot

Australia is experiencing rising trends in the number and rate of drug-induced deaths. Three people die every day from opioid-related use and over 110,000 Australians are currently struggling with opioid dependence, with many of these deaths caused by prescribed opioid medications. Trend analyses by ISSR researchers show that drug-related deaths have increased significantly over the past decade in Western Australia, New South Wales, Victoria and Queensland. 

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One Person, Many Stories: Service Integration in Far West Queensland

In 2014, the Queensland Mental Health Commission procured a study to map service integration and referrals to support people with mental health difficulties and problematic substance use in regional Queensland areas. The study found that one of the most concerning barriers to service integration was the reluctance of individuals to access services based on referrals. 

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