Principles Guiding Provision Of Health & Disability Services
The principles in this section recognise the particular needs of children and young people receiving health and disability support services. The principles describe what should be provided when your child or young person receives those services.
As much healthcare and disability support as possible should be provided in the home and community. When children and young people are admitted to hospital, this should be as close to home as possible within the bounds of quality and safety.
Children and young people of all ages should have information provided in a manner appropriate to their maturity, understanding and culture, including participation in decisions that affect them, active involvement in their care and giving consent if competent.
Accommodation, facilities and equipment should meet the needs of children and young people. Facilities and equipment should be designed, provided and maintained to ensure children and young people's safety and emotional wellbeing. Accommodation for children and young people should be separate from that provided for adults.
Health and disability service providers whose knowledge and skills enable them to respond appropriately to children and young people's clinical, emotional, developmental, educational and cultural needs, should care for children, young people and their families.
Healthcare and disability support providers of Well Child, chronic care or disability support services for children and young people should ensure that long-term support systems are created which are centred on the individual.