Role of the medical community in detecting and managing child abuse

Klaus Martin Beckmann
Med J Aust 2014; 201 (3): . || doi: 10.5694/mja14.00154
Published online: 4 August 2014

To the Editor: I thank Oates,1 and Gwee and colleagues2 for writing on the role of the medical community in detecting and managing child abuse. I would like to add to the points they make. Doctors have a crucial role in medical follow-up for children in out-of-home care. Many children in out-of-home placements have complex needs, with physical and mental health disorders.3 Placement breakdowns mean that some children lack consistency in medical follow-up, which can lead to complete treatment drop-out. This is a significant risk factor for children in care.4

  • Klaus Martin Beckmann

  • School of Medicine, Griffith University, Brisbane, QLD.

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