Kimberly Johansen

Dr Kimberly Johansen is a Paediatric Registrar at the Women’s and Children’s Hospital in Adelaide. Having recently gained her FRACP in general paediatrics she is currently working toward dual fellowship in community child health. Dr Johansen has spent time working in remote Aboriginal communities in the Northern Territory and Western Australia and has an interest in developmental paediatrics and Indigenous health. The ASQ-TRAK developmental screening tool for Australian Aboriginal children. Determining the acceptability and face-validity of the ASQ-TRAK and exploring the characteristics of developmental difficulties in urban Aboriginal children. Monitoring of developmental progress is a core component of paediatric care and structured screening tools are known to increase detection of developmental difficulties. Despite well documented developmental vulnerability, until recently, a lack of validated screening tools for Aboriginal children represented a significant gap in this area of paediatric medicine. The ASQ-TRAK was designed in partnership with two remote Aboriginal communities in the Northern Territory and showed good acceptability and face-validity in these settings. The ASQ-TRAK has since been validated and is being used in the Northern Territory, Western Australia and South Australia however acceptability outside of these initial communities had not been explored.

Commencing April 2017 the Child and Family Health Services (CaFHS) in Adelaide trialled the ASQ-TRAK in 2 urban sites over a period of 12 months. This research describes the experience of that trial including the opinions of the families and staff involved as well as describing the developmental difficulties of the children involved in the study. Following this trial CaFHS have extended their use of the ASQ-TRAK making it available to all Aboriginal children at all CaFHS sites.