Queensland four-year-olds missing out on health programs
ONE in five Queensland four-year-olds has had a medical complaint identified in a program aimed at early detection of potential health and lifestyle problems, new research shows.
But the analysis of the Healthy Kids Check program, published on Monday in the Medical Journal of Australia, has revealed that the majority of problems identified by general practitioners either went untreated or had uncertain treatment outcomes.
The Healthy Kids Check was introduced by the Federal Government in 2008 as a screening mechanism for four-year-olds prior to their commencement at school.
The research published on Monday analysed a sample size of 557 children who were assessed as part of the program at two Queensland general practices between January 2010 and May 2013.
It found that 21 per cent, or 116 children, had medical problems detected in the screening.