Adaptive innovations to provide services to children with developmental disabilities during the COVID-19 pandemic

Valsamma Eapen, Harriet Hiscock, Katrina Williams

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Children with developmental disabilities are experiencing significant challenges to service access due to suspension of in-person assessments during the current COVID-19 pandemic. Telehealth is rapidly becoming the new service delivery model, which presents a unique opportunity for innovation in care that could be beneficial in the post-pandemic period. For example, using a combination of in-home video and telehealth options could form the first step in developmental assessment, allowing children to receive the necessary supports without delay. Recent telehealth funding is welcome but additional Medicare items for joint consultations including general practitioners (GPs), and paediatric, mental health and allied health professionals is critical.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)9-11
Number of pages3
JournalJournal of Paediatrics and Child Health
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - Jan 2021

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