Have your say on health

Darling Downs and West Moreton PHN is inviting the community to talk about health care in the First 2000 Days of life. Picture: DDWMPHN

Parents are encouraged to have their say on health care as part of a new project to help Lockyer kids flourish and thrive.

The Thriving Lockyer Kids project will utilise community-led data to inform how families can best be supported in the Lockyer Valley.

Darling Downs and West Moreton Primary Health Network (PHN) is conducting a short, confidential survey on The First 2000 Days of life.

The First 2000 Days refers to the critical window from pre-conception to starting school to positively influence life-long health.

It explores key themes around antenatal care, child health checks and vaccinations, along with community perspectives on affordability and accessibility of services.

Thriving Lockyer Kids Co-ordinator Michelle Casten said the initiative worked closely with the Thriving Lockyer Kids project objective.

The data gained through the survey will be a starting point for the project to identify how they can best support families.

“What services do we have, what can you access, and how, as a community, can we create that wrap-around support approach,” Ms Casten said.

The focus will be leading peer-lead initiatives within different areas, like antenatal, perinatal, and mum and dad groups.

“We don’t want to decide for you, we want you to decide, as a community,” Ms Casten said.

“The goal is to encourage that confidence.”

Darling Downs and West Moreton PHN CEO Lucille Chalmers emphasised the enormous impact of early health care.

“Having access to the right health care in the first years of life is fundamental to a child’s physical, social and mental development,” she said.

“We want to hear first-hand what is working well, and what can be done to make things better.”

The survey will support the PHN’s understanding of service gaps, affordability, and accessibility from a community perspective.

The short confidential online survey is currently open and will close at midnight on Sunday, 26 May 2024. To complete the survey, visit www.ddwmphn.com.au/talkabout