Who: Watch Me Grow
When: Summer 2015
Developmental and behavioural difficulties presenting in early childhood pose a significant disease burden with lifelong consequences. In this regard, 20 to 25% of children at start of school are “developmentally vulnerable"". The goal of Watch Me Grow is to give every child (in NSW initially and then across Australia) the opportunity for early identification. Capitalising on the high uptake of the immunization program, we hope to provide a simple and effective tool to GPs and other health professionals to do developmental checks during vaccination visits.
At the RHoK Summer 2015 Hackathon we were able to design a demo web app to be used using a link to trial initially as a research project enabling parents and GPs to use the webapp with the aim of identifying those children who display “red flags” based on parental concerns and then be guided through the correct pathway using standardised tools and an algorithm for further assessments and referrals. This diagnostic app will have a significant impact as early identification and intervention significantly improves the outcomes for both children and their families.