National Child and Youth Strategic Framework for Health

The National Child and Youth Strategic Framework for Health identifies the key strategic priorities for child and youth health in Australia. The Framework will guide the collective efforts of governments and professionals towards a shared national vision to improve child and youth health outcomes. It will assist in developing national service strategies that delineate roles and responsibilities and set priorities, so that action can be taken where it is most needed and within the context of current policy initiatives.

The Strategic Framework is an Australian Health Ministers’ Advisory Council funded project and is being progressed through its Community Care and Population Health Principal Committee. Work on the project is led by NSW Kids and Families, a pillar of NSW Health.

An initial online consultation was held in June/July 2014 to inform the development of the draft Strategic Framework and a further consultation was conducted in October/November 2014 on the draft Strategic Framework. This consultation included face-to-face forums in every State and Territory. In addition, a large number of written and online survey responses was received from stakeholders across Australia.

The Strategic Framework is now being revised to incorporate the feedback before being submitted to the Australian Health Ministers’ Advisory Council.