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A picture paints a 1000 words

A picture paints 1000 words

As the old adage says a picture paints a 1000 words and that is no more than true when it comes to Apunipima Cape York Health Council’s brand new child health check consent form.

Believed to be the first of its kind in Queensland, Apunipima has developed a pictorial consent form for parents to agree to a child health check at a school screening.

The brainchild of Maternal and Child Health Team Leader, Johanna Neville, the form has been adopted by Education Queensland and Queensland Health for use on the Cape meaning parents can consent to a their child attending a school screen at the beginning of the school year at sign on or enrolment rather than each family being approached individually later in the year.

Talking about the inspiration behind the form, Joh said, “Traditional consent forms can be quite scary for people, they are heavy on jargon, not easy to read and the terminology can in some instances be quite frightening to some.

“Before we introduced the form, getting consent to have a screen was a long and tedious process. The Health Worker would go and ask each parent for consent and tell the same story again and again. It was always done through conversation and would take a long time.

1872 PHC Child Health Check Consent Form v1 websml“We wanted to create a form where people can see at a glance what they are signing up for while giving them clear information about is what is going to happen to their child during a health check at the same time.”