New Study by HBA and CCCH Shows that Child Health Nurses are at the Front-Line of Supporting New Parents

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According to a new study undertaken by HBA & the Centre for Community Child Health (CCCH) at the Royal Children's Hospital Melbourne, first-time parents are visiting their child health nurse on average 14 times in their infant's first year, and as many as 30 times a year.

With HBA's support, the Community Paediatric Review aims to support nurses in their efforts to keep abreast of new knowledge and best practice by translating the research evidence and providing it in an accessible format

According to a study undertaken by the Centre for Community Child Health (CCCH) at the Royal Children's Hospital Melbourne, first-time parents are visiting their child health nurse on average 14 times in their infant's first year, and as many as 30 times a year.

"Interestingly, illness itself wasn't the main reason for these parents using the health services," CCCH's Director, Professor Frank Oberklaid said. "We know from our research that parents are looking for support and information during what is often a physically and emotionally exhausting first year."

"Reaching more than 90 per cent of families in some states, child health nurses are clearly the cornerstone of community-based services for young children and their families," explained Professor Oberklaid

Recently the CCCH and health insurer HBA provided further support for Australia's child health nurses with the launch of a leading information resource -- the Community Paediatric Review (CPR). Attending the event was Professor Peter Dawkins, Secretary, the Department of Education & Early Childhood Development.

"With HBA's support, the Community Paediatric Review aims to support nurses in their efforts to keep abreast of new knowledge and best practice by translating the research evidence and providing it in an accessible format," added Professor Oberklaid.

HBA's Mark Engel, General Manager Corporate Development, said HBA was committed to providing parents with access to the resources and services they need to assist in giving their children the best start in life.

"HBA supports the health care needs of more than 280,000 children, including the birth of more than 8,500 babies last year," Mr Engel said. "So this partnership is about going further, we want to not only be there to help when life starts but also to provide parents with access to the support and information they need on an ongoing basis. We recognise that building healthy children for life is not something that simply happens in the home or even later at school. It is much broader and includes the family and community where a child spends their formative years."

The first 2008 issue of Community Paediatric Review looks at the evidence for early detection of child development problems and also offers advice on how to influence positive eating habits in toddlers.

HBA is the second largest non-government health insurer in Australia, supporting the health care needs of over one million Australians for more than 70 years. HBA is committed to providing access to high quality health care for customers and to keeping health insurance affordable for more Australians.

Community Paediatric Review is a quarterly publication and parent information sheet distributed free of charge to community health nurses across Australia. HBA's support for Community Paediatric Review is part of its "Promoting healthy children for life" joint initiative with the Centre for Community Child Health.

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