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Welfare Reform on the Web (January 2011): Mental health services - overseas

Evaluation of the process of family-centred care for young children with intellectual disability in Western Australia

A. Wilkins and others

Child: Care, Health and Development, vol. 36, 2010, p. 709-718

Government early intervention services for children with intellectual disabilities in Western Australia have adopted the model of family-centred care. This study aimed to evaluate how well it was being practised, to describe the pattern of service utilisation, and to identify factors influencing parental perceptions of it. Parents of children with intellectual disabilities aged 0-6 completed a postal questionnaire using the Measure of Processes of Care (MPOC-56) instrument. Overall respondents reported that the Western Australian system of early intervention provided satisfactory family-centred care. The study indicates, however, under-servicing in dental care and psychology services.

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