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Improving the health of Australian children entering out-of-home care

Graham V Vimpani, Susan M Webster and Meredith J Temple-Smith
Med J Aust 2012; 196 (2): 91-92. || doi: 10.5694/mja11.11411
Published online: 6 February 2012

Assessing health status is only the beginning

Decisions to remove children from their biological parents are never taken lightly. Such decisions are reinforced by the growing body of evidence of the adverse short- and long-term outcomes of child maltreatment,1 which are increasingly seen to be mediated through the effects of abuse on early brain development.

  • Graham V Vimpani1
  • Susan M Webster2
  • Meredith J Temple-Smith2

  • 1 NSW Ministry of Health, Sydney, NSW.
  • 2 General Practice and Primary Health Care Academic Centre, University of Melbourne, Melbourne, VIC.

Correspondence: s.webster@unimelb.edu.au

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