Child & Youth Workstream


The Child and Youth Workstream aims to improve the mental and physical health of children and young people in Canterbury through their life course from before birth to the transition to adulthood.

The workstream provides clinical leadership for the development and provision of health and social services for children and young people.  This includes agreeing outcomes and performance indicators for healthcare for children and young people, prioritising service development activity to meet national response and local imperatives, recommending transformation service improvement and identifying areas requiring redesign, innovation and evaluation.

The Child and Youth Workstream comprises of a core group, a child subgroup and a youth subgroup.  Established in 2012, it is a key point of integration between health, justice, education and social services with membership from across these perspectives and links with other Canterbury Clinical Network Workstreams and Service Level Alliances, as well as the South Island Alliance's Workstream covering child and young person's health.

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Child and Youth Forum - 5 May 2017

The Child and Youth forum was held on 5 May 2107 at the Oncology Lecture Theatre at Christchurch Hospital.  The title for this forum was "Improving Child and Youth Health Outcomes - What research can tell us".

Two speakers provided presentations are this forum, they were:

Professor Gail Gillon, PhD (Ngai Tahu iwi) (ASHA Fellow, MNZSTA).  Gail is the Pro-Vice-Chancellor of the College of Education, Health and Human Development at the university of Canterbury.  Professor Gail Gillon's presentation was called "Enhancing Early Literacy Success Literacy and Learning Theme "A better start" National Science Challenge.

Click here to view the presentation by Gail.

Associate Professor Kathleen Liberty immigrated to New Zealand in 1990 from a previous position at the University of Washington (Seattle, WA, USA).  She has extensive experience with children with learning and behaviour difficulties as a teacher, a trainer and in professional-preparation programmes. Associate Professor Kathleen Liberty's presentation was called "Symptoms of post-traumatic stress disorder in young children: effects of earthquakes and other trauma.  Unfortunately, there was an error in the recording of this presentation and the audio ceases at 38 minutes, we apologise for this

Click here to view the presentation by Kathleen.



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