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The Women’s and Children’s Health Network acknowledges Aboriginal people as the First Peoples and Traditional Custodians of Country throughout South Australia. We acknowledge and respect their ongoing and deep spiritual connection and relationship to land, air, sea, waters, community and country. We pay our respect to their Elders past, present and emerging.

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people should be aware that this website may contain images, voices and names of people who have passed away.

Strategic Planning

The Women’s and Children’s Health Network (WCHN) has a clear plan to support its vision of providing leading healthcare to women, babies, children and young people, and their families.

Strategy 2026: Realising Potential, Creating Together

Strategy 2026: Realising Potential, Creating Together has you, the South Australian community at heart.

We want to make sure that we realise our potential as a health service, so that you can realise your potential, whatever that may be.

This Strategy has been developed in partnership with our staff and consumers.

Previous plans can be obtained by contacting the Women’s and Children’s Health Network.

WCHN Community Services Strategic Plan 2022–2026

The WCHN Community Services Strategic Plan 2022–2026 is our roadmap to providing integrated care and specialised services that are culturally safe, trauma informed and responsive, through our four community services:

  • Child and Family Health Service (CaFHS)
  • Child and Adolescent Mental Health Service (CAMHS)
  • Child Protection Services (CPS)
  • Youth and Women’s Safety and Wellbeing Division (YWSWD)

This plan outlines how we will work harmoniously to provide the right care at the right time for each individual.

We will focus on three strategic priorities with clear objectives to be delivered across our community services.

The Early Years

Focus on early intervention to achieve optimal outcomes in the healthy development and emotional wellbeing of babies and children. The first five years of life have a profound impact on the life of the child into adulthood.

Youth Services

Improve the mental health and social and emotional wellbeing of young people to positively influence their development and trajectory in life.

Child and Family Safety

Focus on safety as an integral part of the health and development of all people and counter the detrimental impacts of child abuse/neglect and sexual, domestic and family violence on health and wellbeing.

WCHN Disability Access and Inclusion Plan (DAIP) 2020 – 2024

The Women's and Children's Health Network is committed to the elimination of discrimination on the basis of disability.

WCHN Aboriginal Workforce Strategy 2026: Discovering Potential, Growing Together

The WCHN Aboriginal Workforce Strategy 2026 provides a framework to take the necessary steps to attract and retain new Aboriginal staff into our Network. It also aims to develop existing Aboriginal staff and plan for a future workforce that is responsive and reflective of our communities' needs.

Read more in our Aboriginal Health section.

WCHN Research Strategy 2023 – 2027

The WCHN Research Strategy 2023 – 2027 sets out our key priorities to build a brighter future for families through supporting innovation and research across our Network.

Red more in our Research section.