Child health

Child Health Services are one component of the overarching WA Country Health Service Healthy Country Kids program, along with Child Development Services and School Health Services.

Child health

The WA Country Health Service has a specialised team of Community Child Health Nurses who support parents in their parenting journey by:

  • Providing information, support and professional guidance to parents in country Western Australia;
  • Providing child health and developmental assessments to every child in country Western Australia at key developmental ages; and
  • Referring babies or children to tailored and specialist programs where required, in order to support parents/carers to optimise the child’s health outcomes.

Find out more about the role of our Community Child Health Nurses by visiting the Healthy WA website

Child Health Clinics Christmas opening times

Meeting with your local Community Child Health Nurse

Your local Community Child Health Nurse will be in contact with you shortly after your baby is born to organise your first appointment.

If you don’t have an appointment with a Community Child Health Nurse, or if you have recently moved you can call to schedule your free appointment. Details of how to contact your local Child Health Nurse can be found at the front of your purple book. Alternatively, you can click on your region below to find the details of your local child health and immunisation services. 

 

WA Country Health Service map- Clinic opening times valid as of November 2018 and subject to change.

Immunisations and vaccinations

Childhood Immunisation Schedule - click to enlarge

 

 

 

What are vaccinations?

Vaccinations are medicines that are administered to produce immunity to infectious diseases. Find out more information about immunisation and vaccinations.

Immunisation schedules

Find out more about the childhood immunisation schedule or look at the “My appointments” section in your purple book. 

Parenting groups

Early Parenting Program 

A five week program to assist new parents with the demand of becoming a parent for the first time and to make this time enjoyable. 

Boodjari Yorgas 

Boodjari Yorgas  is a program which is run in selected regions across Western Australia. The program delivers antenatal and child health services in a culturally appropriate manner, in consultation with the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander community. Contact your local Child Health Nurse to see if this program, or a similar program is running in your area.

Solid Start/Introduction to Solids 

An information session for parents, with children aged 3-6 months, on introducing solids. Find out why and how solids are introduced; how much food and which foods to start with; and allergies and intolerances.

Circle of Security 

 An 8 week program (2 hours per week) for parents/carers of children aged 0-5 years. What you will learn: 

 

  • Understand your childs emotional world by learning to read the emotional needs. 
  • Support your childs ability to successfully manage emotions.
  • Enhance the development of your childs self esteem 
  • Honour your inner wisdom and desire for your child to be secure.

Triple P (Positive Parenting Program) Seminar Series 

For parents and carers of children aged 3-8 years. These short seminars will leave you feeling confident to deal positively and effectively with common child behaviours and emotional issues.

 

You can attend just one, two or all three seminars.

Find out more about the Triple P program, and details of upcoming sessions by visiting Triple P Parenting in WA.

Country Families @ Ngala 

WACHS Population Health have partnered with Ngala to pilot the delivery of statewide child health and parenting services through media and technology. The pilot was developed to connect with consumers close to home and meet the needs of rural and remote parents and caregivers who may have limited access to services

 

Country Familes @ Ngala  delivers of child health and parenting services through technology using the following strategies:

 

Country Early Parenting Group (via video conferencing) for families with a baby 0-4 months:

Runs for 4 weeks, every Tuesday at 2pm – 3.30PM. Parents can register here.

Video conferencing or telephone Consults

Half hour consults. Running most afternoons. Register here.

Facebook GroupCountryFamilies@Ngala

Live Chat: via the Ngala website. 9AM -12PM, Monday to Friday. 

Online Workshops: Thursday afternoons at 2pm on a variety of parenting topics: Sleep, feeding, behaviour, toileting, managing a baby & toddler

 Better Health Program 

The Better Health Program is a multi-component healthy lifestyle program for overweight and obese children and their families. Families attend the program together to learn essential skills around good nutrition, positive behaviour change and the importance of physical activity in a fun environment. Interactive sessions, combined with custom designed resources, support children and families to adopt healthy lifestyle behaviours around food and physical activity, to make informed food choices and learn essential health skills. See the Better Health Program regional schedule to find out when a program is being run in your local area. 

To find out more about these and other parenting groups running locally in your area visit your local Facebook page or contact your local Child Health Nurse.

Child development

WA Country Health Service (WACHS) offers a range of free child development services for families of children from birth to 18 years of age.

Developmental stages – what should I expect from my child?

Remember that every baby and child is unique and different. The following information gives some guidance around expected developmental milestones, but it is important to remember that every baby develops at different rates.

What other supports can I access?

If you have concerns or questions about your child’s development it is best to seek help and information early.  You can talk to your Child Health Nurse or General Practitioner, or you can contact your local Child Development Service.

General information

 Further general information about child health and development can be found at

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