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Screening for Adverse Childhood Experiences at Inala Primary Care - Kelsa Laughlin
A research project underway at Inala Primary Care in Inala, Queensland—a significantly disadvantaged catchment area which serves patients from 119 ethnicities. Kelsa Laughlin, a registered nurse and Master of Public Health student, is working towards implementing Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs) screening within the primary care practice.
After educating staff on the value of ACEs screening and the significant correlations between childhood adversity and poor health outcomes, Inala will conduct ACEs screening to create a model of care which is trauma-informed, acknowledges the intergenerational impact of childhood toxic stress, fosters resilience and supports positive parenting skills.
Kelsa will discuss the challenges this project will undoubtedly face as the medical model of Inala Primary Care attempts to shift towards a preventative framework, begin screening adults for past childhood trauma, and increase the scope of its nurses.