Key components of a service model providing early childhood support for women attending opioid treatment clinics: An Australian state health service review

Susan Harvey, Virginia Schmied, Daniel Nicholls, Hannah Dahlen

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    Child and family health nurses are skilled in the assessment and support of families during early childhood. However, women with a history of substance abuse are often cautious when engaging with universal and other health services, with the result that the infant may miss recommended developmental screening and early referral to improve health outcomes. Design. In 2006, an internal review was undertaken of the integration of early childhood and parenting services at opioid treatment clinics in a large Area Health Service of New South Wales, Australia. Methods. A qualitative study design, using semi-structured interview questions was used. Data were collected via six focus groups (4-15 participants in each group) and individual interview of child and family health nurses, nurse unit managers and clinical staff (n=58).
    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)2528-2537
    Number of pages10
    JournalJournal of Clinical Nursing
    Issue number17-18
    Publication statusPublished - 2012


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