Does your child have asthma?

Does your child have problems with their hearing?

Do you need help manage your child’s bed wetting?

Are your child’s health checks up to date?

Are your child’s immunisations up to date?

Do you know about the High School Immunisation Program?

Do you know about the Kindergarten Health Check?

Do you know about the School Youth Health Nurse Program?

Do you know about Healthcare Access At School (HAAS)?

Is your child aged between 4-12 years and overweight or obese?

Do you suspect your child’s development is delayed?

Does your child have problems with their vision and eye movement?

 

Asthma

Asthma is a condition where the airways of the lungs become narrow, making it difficult to breathe. It is a common health problem affecting up to 1 in 10 children.

Services provided

Once a diagnosis of asthma is made by a doctor (GP), The Asthma Nurse Educator Service provides children, young people and their families with information to increase their understanding of asthma and its management. This knowledge empowers families to manage asthma symptoms early which improves the long term health of the child, decreases school absenteeism and reduces the need for hospitalisation.

Information is provided on:

  • symptoms
  • trigger factors
  • devices used to deliver medications
  • combining sport with asthma
  • emergency management and
  • Asthma Action Plans.

Family doctors (GPs) and specialists are responsible for diagnosis, treatment and management of asthma.

If you are over the age of 25 years and are diagnosed with asthma: The Department of Respiratory and Sleep Medicine provide a free adult asthma education service for people who require information about asthma and how to manage it.

Phone: 02 6244 2066

Fax: 02 6244 2604

Email: RespSleep@act.gov.au

Patients can self-refer into this service. Alternatively, patients can contact the Community Health Intake (CHI) line for more information about asthma services available in the community on (02) 6207 9977 between 8am to 5pm Monday to Friday, 8am to 3:30pm Wednesdays (excluding public holidays).

Who can use this service?

  • Any person under 25 years can use the service if a doctor has diagnosed them with asthma, viral-induced wheeze, or multiple-trigger wheeze.
  • The Asthma Nurse Educators will arrange to see families in their homes, clinics or in Community Health Centres.

Cost

This service is free to Medicare and Asylum Seeker card holders.

Make an appointment

Call the Community Health Intake (CHI) team on (02) 6207 9977 between 8am to 5pm Monday to Friday, 8am to 3:30pm Wednesdays (excluding public holidays).

When you call to book an appointment, a CHI representative will register your details and ask specific questions about your health care needs. You may be transferred to one of our nurses for further assessment in order to determine your eligibility and arrange the most appropriate service for your needs.

What to bring to your appointment

  • Asthma medications and any devices used to take these medications.
  • Asthma Action Plan, if you have one.
  • Parents and carers of young clients may wish to bring the child’s personal child health record (known as the blue book).

 

Hearing test (audiometry)

The Nurse Audiometry Service provides a full hearing assessment for children over 18 months and young people up to 18 years.

Services provided

The nurse provides a full hearing assessment including:

  • checking the client’s hearing health history
  • inspection of the ear canal and ear drum (otoscopy)
  • ympanometry that will assess the middle ear function and
  • a hearing assessment (audiometry).

Who can use this service?

  • Children over 18 months and young people up to 18 years
  • Referral can be made by a health professional such as Maternal and Child Health Nurses, Family Doctor, Speech Pathologist, School Counsellor and Special Education Teacher or the client or their parent/guardian can make a self referral.
  • Children with slight colds or runny noses can be seen however if your child is very unwell please phone CHI to reschedule your appointment.

Cost

  • There is no cost for children, students and healthcare card holders. Adults can enquire about fees at time of making appointment.

Service locations

Our services are available at various Community Health Centres across the ACT. The Community Health Intake team will offer you the earliest available appointment, noting that this may not necessarily be at the Community Health Centre closest to you.

  • Belconnen Community Health Centre

Make an appointment

Call the Community Health Intake (CHI) team on (02) 6207 9977 between 8am to 5pm Monday to Friday, 8am to 3:30pm Wednesdays (excluding public holidays).

When you call to book an appointment, a CHI representative will register your details and ask specific questions about your health care needs. You may be transferred to one of our nurses for further assessment in order to determine your eligibility and arrange the most appropriate service for your needs.

What to bring to your appointment

  • Any previous hearing assessment results
  • Any referral letters
  • Child’s blue health record book

 

Bed wetting

While many children learn to control their bladders without treatment, help is available from your health practitioner if bed wetting continues after the age of about 7-8 years.

Services provided

Treatment firstly involves an individual assessment to determine the likely cause of your child wetting the bed. Common treatment options include:

  • Bladder training to improve how the bladder stores and empties urine
  • Use of an alarm that goes off when the bed becomes wet Who can use this service?
  • Children over the age of 7 with bed wetting issues

Cost

This service is free to Medicare and Asylum Seeker card holders.

Make an appointment

Call the Community Health Intake (CHI) team on (02) 6207 9977 between 8am to 5pm Monday to Friday, 8am to 3:30pm Wednesdays (excluding public holidays).

When you call to book an appointment, a CHI representative will register your details and ask specific questions about your health care needs. You may be transferred to one of our nurses for further assessment in order to determine your eligibility and arrange the most appropriate service for your needs.

 

Child Health Checks

Child health checks are recommended to monitor how your child is growing and to offer early intervention and treatment if required for certain conditions.

Services provided

Child health checks are offered through ACT Health's Child Health Clinics by Maternal & Child Health (MACH) nurses. The checks provide an opportunity for you to gain information, support and advice relevant to caring for your child.

Your MACH nurse can check your child's development and growth and will discuss any concerns you have about your child. Child health checks are recommended with your MACH nurse or GP at around the following ages:

  • 0 to 4 weeks
  • 6 to 8 weeks
  • 4 months
  • 6 months
  • 12 months
  • 18 months
  • 2 years
  • 3 years
  • 4 years/before school check

Who can use this service?

All families with children (0 – 6 years) in the ACT

Cost

This service is free to Medicare and Asylum Seeker card holders.

Make an appointment

Call the Community Health Intake (CHI) team on (02) 6207 9977 between 8am to 5pm Monday to Friday, 8am to 3:30pm Wednesdays (excluding public holidays).

When you call to book an appointment, a CHI representative will register your details and ask specific questions about your health care needs. You may be transferred to one of our nurses for further assessment in order to determine your eligibility and arrange the most appropriate service for your needs.

What to bring to your appointment

 

Immunisations

Immunisation is available by appointment at Child Immunisation Clinics across the ACT for children under 6 years of age.

All vaccines used in Australia undergo extensive research and must be approved for use by the Therapeutic Goods Administration. Before a vaccine can be licensed, it is tested over several years to ensure it is safe and that it works.

Please visit the Department of Health website for the National Immunisation Program Schedule to find out what age your child will require immunisation.

Who can use this service?

  • Children under 6 years of age
  • Children must be accompanied by their parents to receive their immunisation from Child Immunisation Clinics
  • There are immunisation requirements for children starting school, preschool and childcare.

Immunisation records for children age less than twenty (20) years old are sent directly to the Australian Childhood Immunisation Register (ACIR).

Clients who require information about their child's immunisation history, can contact ACIR on 1800 653 809 or via the ACIR website.

 

My child was immunised overseas, what should I do?

If your child has received vaccines overseas, these will need to be recorded on the Australian Childhood Immunisation Register. Your child may require additional vaccines to meet the Australian National Immunisation Program schedule.

Your doctor may be able to transfer your child's overseas immunisation history to the Australian National Immunisation Program schedule. Your doctor can also advise you on vaccinations required for your child to meet the Australian National Immunisation Program schedule.

If your child is under 10, ACT Health can provide this service for you. If you would like to have your child’s immunisations transferred and recorded in the Australian system by ACT Health, please send the following information to the Health Protection Service:

  • Child’s full name (first and last name)
  • Date of Birth (DD/MM/YYYY)
  • Copy of immunisation history either in English or translated. We are unable to translate immunisation records at ACT Health. If you need your documents translated, please contact a Translation Centre.
  • Medicare card number (if you have one)
  • Parent’s name (first and last name)
  • Contact phone number
  • Postal address

Please send this information via email: immunisation@act.gov.au

If you are unable to email, you can fax this information to: 02 6205 1738 or send a letter to:

Public Health Nurse

Immunisation Unit

Locked Bag 5005

Weston Creek ACT 2611

Unfortunately, we are unable to change your child’s details with Medicare. If you wish to update any of your child’s details with Medicare, you can call Medicare on 132011 or visit your local Medicare Service Centre.

Cost

This service is free to Medicare and Asylum Seeker card holders.

Make an appointment

Call the Community Health Intake (CHI) team on (02) 6207 9977 between 8am to 5pm Monday to Friday, 8am to 3:30pm Wednesdays (excluding public holidays).

When you call to book an appointment, a CHI representative will register your details and ask specific questions about your health care needs. You may be transferred to one of our nurses for further assessment in order to determine your eligibility and arrange the most appropriate service for your needs.

What to bring to your appointment

Your child's Personal Health Record (PHR - Blue Book). Replacement copies of the Personal Health Record can be purchased from your local Community Health Centre or downloaded . Your child's Personal Health Record has a vaccination card located at the back of the book where a nurse or doctor can record all the vaccinations your child receives.

 

High School Immunisation Program

  • High school students in the ACT are offered free vaccinations as part of the national immunisation program in year 7.
  • The School Health Immunisation team of nurses offers these vaccines at schools at a pre arranged date and time.
  • Parental consent is obtained at the beginning of the school year.
  • A record of vaccination is given to each student at the time of vaccination. Letters regarding missed doses are sent to parents for follow up with their GP.
  • A copy of the school vaccination record can be obtained by students, past students or parents following a formal release of information process. From 2017 all vaccines given in this program will be registered on the national School Immunisation Register.

 

Kindergarten Health Check

  • Registered Nurses conduct a Kindergarten Health Check at both ACT Government and Private schools on a predetermined date.
  • This health check includes vision, hearing, height, weight and BMI.
  • An information package regarding the health check is sent to parents of all kindergarten students at the beginning of the year to obtain consent and explain what is involved.
  • The Kindergarten Health Check is in line with the Australian Government Department of Health and Ageing, Healthy Kids Check.
  • With consent, the results are also sent to the nominated GP.
  • For students absent on the day a catch-up clinic opportunity is available; details regarding the catch up clinics will be mailed to the student’s home address if they are absent.

 

Healthcare Access At School (HAAS)

  • Healthcare Access At School (HAAS) provides nurse-led care to students with complex or invasive health care needs while they are at any ACT Government school from pre-school through to college. This is a partnership with the Education and Training Directorate.
  • The Registered Nurse (RN) completes a full health needs assessment and develops a healthcare plan in partnership with the parents and other health providers as needed. School staff are then trained in the health tasks that are required in order for the student to attend school safely and are assessed by the RN as competent.
  • The RN provides ongoing support to the student, school and parents.
  • Referrals can be made to the HAAS program by parents, school staff or health professionals by emailing: HAAS@act.gov.au

 

School Youth Health Nurse Program

  • This program assists young people in high schools to make a safe transition into adulthood while laying the 'foundations' for health promoting behaviours and attitudes, which will continue through their life span.
  • The School Youth Health Nurse works with a preventative focus including early identification, brief intervention and harm minimisation activities.
  • The nurse is often the first point of contact for young people, their families and school community members seeking information, advice and support in health matters. For issues requiring treatment or intensive counselling, they play an important role in providing referral for clients to the relevant agencies and the school counsellor.
  • Please phone the school to make an enquiry regarding this service as not all high schools have a School Youth Health Nurse.

 

Support and treatment for overweight or obese children

The SKIP (School Kids Intervention Program) is a family-centred service for children aged 4-12 years who are overweight or obese. It aims to improve the health and wellbeing of children and their families.

Services provided

  • Families will have regular access to a paediatric specialist, a paediatric dietitian, an exercise physiologist and a psychologist all at the same location.
  • Health professionals will work collaboratively and with the family to develop goals that support improvements to health and wellbeing.

Who can use this service?

  • Children aged 4 to 12 years of age (primary school children only)
  • Children who have a Body Mass Index (BMI) greater than the 95th percentile for age and gender or BMI greater than the 85th percentile with comorbidities. Comorbidities include, but are not limited to, type I or II diabetes, pre-diabetes (e.g. impaired glucose tolerance, impaired fasting glucose, hyperinsulinaemia), dyslipidaemia, asthma, sleep apnoea, musculoskeletal conditions.

Children are NOT eligible to use this service if they:

  • Have a psychological illness that impairs their ability to actively participate in the treatment program
  • Binge eating with concurrent purging (vomiting, laxatives, excessive exercise).

Cost

This service is free to Medicare and Asylum Seeker card holders.

Make an appointment

Families can contact the SKIP Coordinator by phone or email (see below).

Phone: (02) 6205 4177

Email: SKIP@act.gov.au

Information for health professionals

Information for families

 

Paediatrics – treatment and support for children with suspected or established developmental delay or disability

Investigation and/or management of children and young people with:

  • Suspected or established developmental delay or disability
  • Suspected biological / medical / developmental causes of behavioural / emotional disturbance

Who can use this service?

Children and young people (under 16 years) in the ACT who have a referral from a doctor due to:

  • suspected or established developmental delay or disability
  • intellectual or physical disability or with chronic medical conditions which interfere with development or education
  • risk of developmental problems as a result of prematurity, neonatal complications or with complex problems requiring definition and development of a management plan
  • behavioural or emotional disturbances likely caused by biological, medical, or developmental issues.

Referrals

Complete the referral form and supporting additional information (e.g. reports) and send these to the Community Health Intake (CHI) via fax: (02) 6205 2611 (operating hours between 8am and 5pm weekdays).

Referrals are considered by the Community Paediatric and Child Health Service (CPCHS) team at a weekly intake meeting. Priority is given to younger children and children with complex developmental needs. If you wish to discuss your child’s eligibility, please call (02) 6205 1464.

We are unable to accept referrals for:

  • children currently seeing another paediatrician
  • children with issues resulting from trauma
  • children with acute medical problems unrelated to development or behaviour.

Cost

This service is free to Medicare and Asylum Seeker card holders.

Make an appointment

Call the Community Health Intake (CHI) team on (02) 6207 9977 between 8am to 5pm Monday to Friday, 8am to 3:30pm Wednesdays (excluding public holidays).

When you call to book an appointment, a CHI representative will register your details and ask specific questions about your health care needs. You may be transferred to one of our nurses for further assessment in order to determine your eligibility and arrange the most appropriate service for your needs.

What to bring to your appointment

  • Any relevant medical investigations or results
  • Your child’s Blue Health Record Book

 

Orthoptics – For children with vision and eye movement disorders

Specialist eye screening service for children from birth to 6 years if issues with the child’s vision are raised following a child health screen or Kindergarten Health Check.

Services provided

Orthoptics refers to the diagnosis and treatment of vision and eye movement disorders such as wandering eye and lazy eye.

The Orthoptic Screening Service provides eye and vision screening services for children from birth to 6 years and includes:

  • vision assessment including the movement of the
  • assessment of eye movements
  • tests for the presence of binocular vision

Who can use this service?

Children 0-6 years of age who have been referred by a doctor, nurse or following the Kindergarten Health Check because the child has:

  • a vision of 6/9 or less in one or both eyes
  • an obvious or latent squint
  • uneven eye movements

Cost

This service is free to Medicare and Asylum Seeker card holders.

Make an appointment

Appointments are made by phoning Community Health Intake on (02) 6207 9977 between 8am to 5pm Monday to Friday, 8am to 3:30pm Wednesdays (excluding public holidays).

What to bring to your appointment

Please bring your child's:

  • Blue Book - personal health record
  • Referral letter if you have one
  • If your child wears glasses, please bring them with you