GPs, practice nurses demand training for Healthy Kids screening

Three focus groups, comprising 22 GPs and 18 practice nurses from three areas of Melbourne, were asked to discuss child social and emotional development, health-seeking and preventive health care for young children, with 28 parents also interviewed as part of the Monash University study.

All groups questioned the current capabilities of practice staff to identify problems, and practitioners expressed a need for further training and tools. Other common themes included worries that screening may lead to unnecessary referrals and doubts over the availability of effective therapeutic pathways.

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