Child & Family Health Centres
In the early years of your child’s life, one of the best parenting resources is your local Child and Family Health Centre. (NB. The hospital where you have your baby will advise you where your local Centre is located or click on the link below.)
Visit the NSW Health website for a list of Child and Family Health Centres
The child and family health nurse provides a free community health service offering health checks for your child as well as support, education and information on parenting including:
- An offer to visit you at home for your first appointment as part of a NSW Government program to support new parents. This gives you the opportunity to discuss issues, worries, concerns etc in the comfort of your home.
- Breastfeeding support and guidance
- Feeding support and guidance
- Support and guidance with coping with sleep and settling concerns
- Immunisation information
- Discussing and supporting your physical and emotional wellbeing
- Providing a comprehensive assessments of your child’s growth and development as per your child’s Personal Health record
We encourage you to attend your Child and Family Health Centre as you will have the opportunity to meet other new parents in the area, join the local playgroups and find out about the great resources available in your community (and you will be amazed at what is out there).
Your child’s Personal Health Record (sometimes called the "Blue Book") is given to you in hospital when you've had your baby. This book includes information on your child’s growth and development and immunisation schedule.
It is a book for you to record your child’s health information in, and a source of information for you and the health professionals who help you care for your child. You, your Child and Family Health Nurse, your Doctor, and any other health professional your child sees, should make notes about your child’s health and progress in this book.
Your child should be taken to your local child and family health nurse or your doctor for regular health checks. The number of visits suggested in this book is a minimum and should be regarded only as a guide. Additional visits should be made according to the needs of your child and yourself
Ideally your child should be checked at:
- 1 to 4 weeks
- 6 to 8 weeks
- 6 months
- 12 months
- 18 months
- 2 years
- 3 years
- 4-5 years
Can my local Child & Family Health Nurse refer me to Tresillian?
Yes, if you continue to experience issues with baby, your Child and Family Health Nurse can refer you to Tresillian.