Consistent Quality Care

The objective of the Key Area, Consistent, Quality Care, is to ensure that all children, young people and their families, carers and support systems experience mental health care and treatment for common mental health disorders that is appropriate (evidence-based), inclusive and makes a difference at every encounter with Melbourne Children's Campus staff and clinicians.

In order to achieve this, staff must have the knowledge, tools, and systems to best work together with children, young people and their families/carers and support systems.

To enable the key area objective, the Consistent, Quality Care project team, in consultation with lived experience representatives and senior clinicians and subject matter experts, will develop a suite of clinical resources on common mental health disorders for staff use across the Campus. This suite of resources will include:

  • Evidence-based clinical practice guidelines on common childhood mental health disorders
  • Associated needs based care and referral pathways including sub-sections for groups with increased vulnerabilities
  • Measurement-based care framework embedded into usual care

The first guideline, care pathway and measurement-based care topic the team will be working on is Anxiety disorders.

Evidence Based Clinical Practice Guidelines (CPGs)

Clinical practice guidelines are evidence-based statements that include recommendations intended to optimise patient care and assist health care practitioners to make decisions about appropriate health care for specific clinical circumstances. Clinical practice guidelines should assist clinicians and patients in shared decision making. (Institute of Medicine; 2011)

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Care Pathways (CPs)

Care pathways are evidence-based, mutual, decision-making plans, identifying a sequence of clinical interventions, timeframes, milestones and expected outcomes for children and young people depending on the particular health circumstances. (Queensland Health Clinical Pathways Board definition; 2002)

They support the implementation of evidence-based practice so in other words, they are the operationalisation of clinical practice guidelines.

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Measurement Based Care

Systematic administration of symptom rating scales and use of the results to drive clinical decision making at the level of the individual patient. (Fortney et al; 2017)

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Acknowledgement of Country

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At Mental Health Central we acknowledge the traditional custodians of the land on which we live, gather and work. We recognise their continuing connection to land, water and community. We pay respect to Elders past, present and emerging.

We acknowledge all people with a lived or living experience of mental ill-health and recovery. At the Campus, we particularly acknowledge children, young people, families, carers, and supporters. We recognise their vital contribution and value the courage of those who share this unique perspective for the purpose of learning and growing together to achieve better outcomes for the Campus, staff, sector, and all people of lived experience.

Proudly supported by the Royal Children’s Hospital Foundation