2. Appoint a National Chief Paediatrician to provide clinical leadership
Funding and appointing a National Chief Paediatrician to work with children, young people, families and carers is important to provide strong clinical leadership and advocacy for their health and wellbeing.
Paediatricians are trained to assess the way children and young people grow, develop and function within the family and in the wider community settings, such as preschool or school. Paediatricians also recognise the importance of the early childhood years and environmental and life experiences on early brain development and its effect on lifelong behaviour, learning and health. Appointing a National Chief Paediatrician will provide clinical leadership and advocacy on child health and wellbeing issues across Australia and ensure that paediatric knowledge and expertise is embedded into planning at every level.