National Framework for Universal Child and Family Health Services

2. Background

Page last updated: 20 May 2013

It is important to understand the context of the development and implementation of a universal framework for child and family health services. Providing universal services for young children and their families is appropriate in terms of offering the whole population health and developmental promotion, early identification and early intervention. This section outlines the key understandings that underpin the Framework.

2.1 The health of Australia’s children

2.2 The importance of the early years

2.3 Australia’s child and family health service system

2.4 The current policy environment