Connecting for kids
THE Communities For Children Professional Forum was held in Gladstone over three days from Thursday, May 27 until Saturday, May 29.
The event drew crowds from all walks of life, including business, community leaders, councillors, parents, health professionals, teachers and educational workers.
Child health nurse Robin Sevenoaks attended in the hope of gaining knowledge and to connect with others at the forum.
Child Health is a part of community health and is based at the hospital and Ms Sevenoaks can see the need for promoting the vital services and support that child health supplies.
Child Health looks after youth anywhere between the ages of zero and 18 years and also new mothers; with help of the forum Ms Sevenoaks would like to promote the wonderful things that child health provides.
“We provide support for infant nutrition, toddler behaviour, growth, development and immunisations,” she said.
“It is accessible to everyone and there is a high priority on young people.”
Ms Sevenoaks said child health and the forum was important to the Gladstone region so that it can become a place recognised for their availability for those who need these services.
“Twenty-five percent of people in Gladstone are under 25 and Gladstone has the fourth highest birth rate,” Ms Sevenoaks said.
The forum was a huge success and it was a great opportunity for the community and community leaders to get behind the development of children and family in the community.