Building a Virtual Child and Youth Forensic Health Service
Start / End Date: 2017 to 2018
The Centre for Online Health will be working alongside the Child and Youth Forensic Outreach Service (CYFOS) to deliver outreach services to child and youth offenders in Queensland via telehealth.
The COH and CYFOS will implement virtual appointments (held via video-conference) as a supplement to face-to-face visits with remote participants.
An economic assessment and an evaluation of the implementation process will be carried out, alongside analysis of activity data.
The CYFOS, which is provided by the Child and Youth Mental Health Service (CYMHS), offers assessments, interventions and specialist consultations for mental health and forensic issues in young people.
Forensic services include providing youth offenders with support and assistance navigating court processes and the justice system.
Currently, psychiatrists, social workers and other specialists travel throughout Queensland to deliver these essential outreach services. By introducing telehealth and reducing the need for travel, our aim is to improve the accessibility and responsiveness of forensic outreach services.
The telehealth model will also ensure compliance with the relevant provisions of the new Mental Health Act 2016 (Qld), effective March 2017.
The project is funded by an Australian Centre for Health Services Innovation (AusHSI) Implementation Grant.