ICCC study helps Caboolture families
Woodford primary school student Ruby Raine is benefiting from a research study underway at Caboolture Hospital.
Ruby has Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) that affects her behaviours and learning development at home and within the classroom. After referral from her GP, Ruby attended several appointments with a paediatrician at Caboolture Hospital.
The paediatrician organised appointments with a speech pathologist, psychologist and other health professionals, but Ruby’s mother Belinda was still concerned her daughter wasn’t progressing as well as she could.
Ruby and Belinda had the opportunity to meet with Caboolture Hospital Research Coordinator Thuy Frakking and joined the Integrated Children’s Clinic Care (ICCC) research trial. The ICCC project is exploring alternative care pathways for vulnerable children newly diagnosed with chronic health and developmental conditions and connects families with alternative healthcare pathways that lead to better health outcomes and improved prospects for children.
Over the next 12 months, Thuy supported Belinda and Ruby on their healthcare journey. Thuy attended GP and other health and professional appointments with Belinda and Ruby, including working one-on-one with Ruby’s teachers to identify strategies to help her learning in class.
Thuy helped Belinda connect with community-based and specialist services to ensure she had the tools needed to help Ruby.
After a year participating in the trial, Belinda has seen significant benefits for Ruby. She’s developing well, her behaviour at home has improved, her marks at school are much better and has a big smile on her face.
“It was all a bit full-on at first and I wasn’t sure where to turn, then we got to meet awesome Thuy and she’s set everything out for us,” Belinda said.
“The ICCC trial has been a great opportunity for Ruby and I. Thuy has been a great help to me and being able to point me down the right path and find the help we needed for Ruby.
“We are very thankful to Thuy and for the opportunity to participate in the study and the amazing, positive difference it has made to our lives.”