Season 1: Episode 13-Young People Out-of-home-care: How can the GP help?

In this episode, GP Bianca Forrester continues the conversation with researcher Dr Susan Webster and Paediatrician Dr Karen McLean about overcoming the barriers that young people in out-of-home care face in accessing health care and supporting their health, social and educational transitions.
“The single best contribution that doctors and nurses can make, is to form that ongoing therapeutic relationship with a person who has lived with this kind of adversity. That beyond anything else, can really help.”
“I think anything that keeps the young person engaged at school and learning, is going to be a positive influence on them…potentially lifelong.”

Link to podcast:


Karen Mclean’s research:’t-access-health-services

Australian National Standards of care-

National Framework for Protecting Australia’s Children 2009 – 2020

National Clinical Assessment Framework for Kids in out-of-home-care



Bianca refers to a phrase that psychologist Andrew Fuller uses in relation to what all young people need:

Trauma informed care and practice for health services

SAHMSA guidelines for Health Services

Children and young people in care Booklet

Check out the Strengthening Health care assessment project by this team:

For advice about
Trauma informed practice in schools and Classrooms

Berry Street Training model for educators

Victorian Government Policieis on Children in Out of home care at schools

Leaving Plus care plan in Victoria

Raising expectations University access program

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This Podcast was recorded over “zoom” in May-June 2022 and produced in July

  • Presented by: Bianca Forrester
  • Guests: Dr Susan Webster, Honorary Research Fellow, Department of General Practice, University of Melbourne
  • Dr Karen McLean, Paediatrician Royal Children’s hospital and Researcher Murdoch Children’s Research Institute
  • Produced by: Bianca Forrester
  • Music: Space Cadet Lullabies
  • Graphics: Gaal Creative

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