ACEs in the ACT Kindergarten Health Check

ACEs in the Australian Capital Territory (ACT) Kindergarten Health Check

Parents/carers of school-entry aged children in all ACT schools are invited each year to agree to their child undergoing an ACT Kindergarten Health Check (KHC), which involves a physical health check and a questionnaire with health, developmental and behavioural questions. From 2020 the KHC will also include questions regarding children’s adverse childhood experiences. Parents/carers nominate their family GP for a copy of their KHC results to be sent to, so they can be discussed in the context of a trusted and confidential family consultation. Below is information about the research on ACEs and their impacts, the rationale for including ACEs questions in the KHC, how GPs can interpret the ACEs scores, and how to conduct ACEs discussions with families.