Healthy Kids Checks debate rages on

A brouhaha has broken out among child psychiatry experts over changes to the Healthy Kids Checks program that critics have labelled “mental health testing for three-year-olds”.

In a debate series in the latest edition of the Australian and New Zealand Journal of Psychiatry, five psychologists and psychiatrists have weighed in — some vehemently opposing the proposed changes.

GPs will carry out the revamped checks from next January, assessing three-year-olds’ physical health, social skills and emotional behaviour. Parents will receive advice and any major