Psychosocial health and wellbeing in healthcare

The Psychosocial Health and Wellbeing in Healthcare group led by Professor Justin Kenardy has been working on improving psychosocial outcomes for children since 2001. The group has focused on paediatric medical traumatic stress, procedural distress, parental distress and healthcare distress and wellbeing, across a range of clinical settings. Methodologies used include longitudinal cohort studies, clinical trials and experimental studies, as well as translation and implementation approaches. To date the group has operating in three mains areas of Burns and Trauma, Emergency Care, and ICU and Critical Care.

The group’s research aims are to understand the mechanisms for impairing and facilitating psychosocial health in children who move through the healthcare system. The goal is to ensure that children have the best possible psychosocial outcomes following contact with hospital-based healthcare.

Our current research studies include:

  • Assessment and outcomes of delirium in children admitted to PICU.
  • Parent distress enhancing and reducing behaviours during child procedures.
  • Predictors of psychological distress after PICU admission.
  • Screening for psychological distress in very young children following hospital admission.
  • Assessing psychosocial care within the hospital environment.

At present we are conducting a project focusing in on healthcare perception of psychosocial care including an analysis of needs.

Are part of this we are asking for staff at the Queensland Children's Hospital to complete a brief questionnaire which will take about 10 minutes.

All staff who complete the questionnaire will receive a $5 coffee voucher to acknowledge the time taken to complete the questionnaire.

Please contact Katrina Moss if you are interested in participating.

  • Development aend validation of a screen for medical traumatic stress in children in healthcare. 
  • Development of an early preventative intervention for children’s medical traumatic stress in healthcare.