Thank you Mr Speaker.
My question is to the Premier in his capacity as Minister for Health.
Premier, just last week I was confronted by a very distraught mother of a four-year-old who said she had contacted the Child Health and Parenting Service, or CHaPS as we all call it, to book a Healthy Kids check that’s available for all four-year-olds.
Imagine my surprise when my distressed constituent told me that CHaPS were not taking appointments for four-year-olds.
This is the assessment that, I am pretty sure, all the parents here would have arranged for their own children. Like me, you would have your child’s “blue book” tucked away with all the assessments recorded from birth to 4 years.
It’s invaluable because it gives parents confidence that their child has reached the required levels of cognitive and physical development before they start kinder.
I rang the booking number myself and was confronted with a recorded message that CHaPS was prioritising appointments for babies, with only “some capacity” for older children.
Premier, do you agree that assessments for four-year-olds are essential to address any concerns about a child’s growth, so parents can be confident their child is doing the things expected for their age?
Premier, will you ensure that CHaPS is adequately resourced so that it will provide assessments, not just for babies, but for all children at 12 months, two years and four years?