Early childhood education
Early childhood health plays a major role in building productive and healthy adults.
With the child population (0–19 years) in NSW projected to grow by 19 per cent from 1.84 million in 2011 to 2.20 million in 2036 (Department of Health, 2009), there is a strong impetus to improve children's health and safety and ensure our kids grow into healthy adults.
The Sydney Children’s Hospitals Network (SCHN) advocates for the health and wellbeing of children and young people. We play a major role in the development of standards for the care of children in a variety of health care settings. In our education role we contribute to NSW standards, for example by providing training to health care providers in remote settings and thereby raising the overall standard of health care available for children.
Staff in our Network, from a range of disciplines and departments, have a dual role not only caring for sick children across the Network, but also advocating on a range of health topics to prevent illness and injury among children in the community. Our four pillars of service are care, advocacy, research and education.
Fitting children's health into our State health priorities
The NSW State Government has outlined a commitment to the best health care to the people of NSW. The key priorities outlined for the health system are:
- Patients at the centre of everything we do
- Looking for ways to improve access to timely, quality health care across NSW
- A focus on keeping people healthy to avoid unnecessary hospitalisation through greater emphasis on illness prevention.