Nurse Practitioner/Registered Nurse led Universal Children’s Health and Developmental Checks: Delivering Mobile Primary Health Care (#5649)

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Deficits in children's health and development warranted research into primary health care provision. Paediatric Nurse Practitioners and Registered Nurses are well placed to deliver comprehensive, community-based health and development interventions for children 0-5 years. Active monitoring of a child’s developmental milestones is recommended from birth to school age, to reduce the number of children entering the education system with unidentified developmental delays. Monitoring children’s development aids in addressing any issues or health problems early in the life of the child thus enabling proactive and preventative health system responses.

Research Objectives:
This education and health collaborative project response aimed to expand health and developmental checks for children 0-5 year in urban, rural and remote area in South Australia. The objectives were to:
1. Provide readily access universal support for child development,
2. Integrate children into existing health and support services,
3. Reduce the barriers to health and developmental support Methods:

NP and RN visited 20 Early Learning Centres engaging with staff and children to assess and determine the children’s needs and current access to services. NP provided direct referrals to local health and developmental supports for the parents and children. Using self-reflections and parent feedback to determine part of the success of this mixed methods project.

This presentation provides an overview of the mapping, processes and outcomes for a primary based and community support nurse led early intervention. The qualitative feedback provides insights into the engagement of communities in this innovative practice-change project.
Original languageEnglish
Number of pages1
Publication statusPublished - 23 Jun 2023
EventInternational Council of Nurses Congress: Nurses together: a force for global health - Montreal Palais de Congrès, Montreal, Canada
Duration: 1 Jul 20235 Jul 2023


ConferenceInternational Council of Nurses Congress
OtherThe International Council of Nurses 2023 Congress will be an in-person event in Montreal, Canada, bringing together the powerful force of the 28 million nurses worldwide! For four days, we will unite to learn, share and network in order to build a better future for nursing and healthcare!

ICN 2023 promises to be one of the most impactful ICN Congresses yet! Nurses have risen from the ashes of the pandemic stronger, more united and more determined to impact the world! This Congress will bring together nurses’ renewed strength and energy to make a difference. We will look at how we can build on the lessons learned from the pandemic: from the need to protect nurses’ rights to decent working conditions and salaries, to how we can drive nursing leadership, respect for the profession, and a greater impact on health policies at all levels.

The event will also highlight the importance of unity, solidarity and collaboration as we come together as a force for global health!
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Bibliographical note

Poster presentation 1st July 2023. E-Poster viewing: AS07D Primary and community health
AS07 Sub-theme 07: Promoting and enabling healthier communities


  • Nurse Practitioner
  • Child Health
  • Child Development
  • Child developmental outcomes
  • Community health nursing


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