Chris Rossiter

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AIMS AND OBJECTIVE This study investigated what Family Partnership Model practice means in the day-to-day practice of child and family health nurses working with parents. BACKGROUND The Family Partnership Model has been widely implemented in child and family health services in Australia and New Zealand, with limited understanding of the implications for(More)
Family circumstances in infancy are persistent and powerful determinants of children's physical and mental health, influencing inequalities that trace from childhood through to adulthood. While the social factors that perpetuate patterns of inequality are more complex than can be addressed through single interventions, child and family health (CFH) services(More)
The current research was designed to assess the effectiveness of one nationally prominent and highly publicized driving while intoxicated (DWI) prevention program for youth, Students Against Driving Drunk (S.A.D.D.). Process and outcome data were collected over a 2-year period in two states--California and New Mexico. In each state, one treatment school(More)
A significant international development agenda in the practice of nurses supporting families with young children focuses on establishing partnerships between professionals and service users. Qualitative data were generated through interviews and focus groups with 22 nurses from three child and family health service organisations, two in Australia and one in(More)
OBJECTIVE Australia has a system of universal child and family health (CFH) nursing services providing primary health services from birth to school entry. Herein, we report on the findings of the first national survey of CFH nurses, including the ages and circumstances of children and families seen by CFH nurses and the nature and frequency of the services(More)
This study explored the responses of a group of 111 mothers who experienced distress and/or depression in the early months after childbirth and who received an innovative home visiting service until their child's first birthday. The current study reports a thematic content analysis of the qualitative questionnaire responses returned by the mothers after(More)
This paper addresses the impact of substance dependence on women and their children. It examines a small innovative program that integrates parenting support with other rehabilitation for substance-dependent mothers. It uses a thematic descriptive approach to explore how four participants perceive their parental role. The mothers report substantial changes(More)
AIMS The aim of this study was to explore the extent to which Australian child and family health nurses work with families with complex needs and how their practice responds to the needs of these families. BACKGROUND Many families with young children face challenges to their parenting capacity, potentially placing their children at risk of poorer(More)
BACKGROUND Australia has a well-established universal child and family health service predominately staffed by specialist/qualified child and family health nurses. Two common and interrelated concerns are the need for nurses to be ready for practice after completing a nursing education program and the means to ensure ongoing nursing competence. OBJECTIVE(More)
Early parenting residential units provide a child and family health support and education service for parents experiencing parenting difficulties. An ongoing concern of nursing staff and management is whether the parenting knowledge and skills gained are translated into sustainable parenting practices after discharge. This paper explores the response to a(More)