Services provided

  • Midwives/Antenatal – Provides complete antenatal care or shared care with a GP in the community from 14-40 weeks.
  • First home visit to newborns – Maternal and Child Health nurse visits the homes of families with newborns.
  • Drop in baby clinics – brief (15 minute) drop in consultation with a Maternal and Child Health nurse to ask questions about caring for your baby. No appointment necessary.
  • Developmental checks – a booked appointment with a Maternal and Child Health nurse to check your baby’s growth and development at certain ages and stages in their life. Infant Self weigh facilities are also available at Community Health Centres.
  • Immunisations - Vaccinations that your baby requires at certain stages in their life to protect them against certain diseases, according to the National Immunisation Program. Our Maternal and Child Health nurses can vaccinate your baby at our Immunisation Clinics.
  • Early Days group sessions – Information sessions to help you feed and settle your baby during the first 4 months of your baby’s life.
  • New Parent Groups – Support and advice for first time parents of baby’s aged 3-4 months.
  • Sleep Groups – Advice and support for parents of infants aged 3-36 months to help your baby settle and sleep better.
  • Paediatrics - Investigation and/or management of children and young people with suspected or established developmental delay or disability
  • Physiotherapy for new mothers and babies – For new mothers to manage continence and pelvic floor issues (resulting from recently giving birth). For your baby’s head and neck posture.
  • Breastfeeding and nutrition for babies - information about nutrition during breastfeeding and food requirements for your baby.
  • Early Parenting Counselling – provides mothers and fathers or other primary caregivers with support and advice to better manage and overcome challenges that may arise in the early stages of family life.

 

Midwives/Antenatal

  • Provides complete antenatal care or shared care with your GP in the community from 14-40 weeks.
  • Provides ‘pregnant to parenting’ education classes that are facilitated in health centres:
    • Tuggeranong – ‘pregnant to parenting’ and breastfeeding education classes
    • Gungahlin - Breastfeeding education classes only

CatCH (Continuity at Centenary Hospital) and CMP (Canberrra Midwifery Program) also offer antenatal care in the community health centres.

Who can use this service?

Any women birthing at Centenary Hospital for Women and Children, ACT.

Cost

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

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.

  • Gungahlin Community Health Centre
  • Phillip Community Health Centre

Make an appointment

Appointments can be booked by calling the Antenatal Outpatients Clinic at the Centenary Hospital for Women and Children: (02) 6174 7625, or through a referral from your GP to the Antenatal Clinic. The Antenatal Clinic is where pre-admission is completed, models of midwifery care are discussed and appointments can then be made in the Community Health Centres.

What to bring to your appointment

White maternity hand held record.

 

First home visit to newborns

A home visit to newborns is a home visit from a Maternal and Child Health nurse (MACH) to families with newborns, follows referral from their midwife.

The visit is an opportunity to discuss the parent's wellbeing and any health issues of you and your baby. The MACH nurse will provide you with information about local services for parents including child health clinics, immunisation clinics, infant sleep and settling advice, sleep groups, new parent groups and feeding support.

Who can use this service?

All ACT families with newborns.

Cost

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

Make an appointment

Mothers will be contacted by the Maternal and Child Health service within 10 days of referral from their midwife.

If you have not been contacted, please 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. Your call 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.

 

Drop in baby clinics

  • 15 minute, drop in clinics with no appointment necessary
  • Opportunity to ask a Maternal and Child Health nurse quick questions about caring for your baby.
  • Scales are available for you to weigh your baby yourself at most clinic locations.

As these clinics can be busy, visits are kept to a maximum of 15-20 minutes per client. If you need longer to address your concerns the Maternal and Child Health Nurse can make other arrangements to assist you.

Maternal and Child Health Nurses work in partnership with Child and Family Centres.

Who can use this service?

Parents of infants in the ACT.

Cost

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

Service locations

Drop in baby clinics are provided at:

  • Belconnen Community Health Centre: 56 Lathlain St Belconnen
  • Dickson Health Centre: Dickson Pl Dickson (opposite Library). N.B. This drop-in service is temporarily unavailable 
  • Gungahlin Community Health Centre: 51 Ernest Cavanagh St, Gungahlin
  • Lanyon Child Health Clinic: Family Care Centre, 23 Sidney Nolan St Conder (opposite Youth Centre
  • Ngunnawal Child Health Clinic: 103 Wanganeen Ave Ngunnawal (next to Ngunnawal Primary School)
  • Phillip Health Centre: Cnr Keltie & Corinna Sts Phillip
  • Tuggeranong Child & Family Centre: 159 Anketell St, Greenway
  • West Belconnen Child & Family Centre: Cnr Luke and 6 Luke St, Holt
  • Weston Child Health Clinic: Parkinson St Weston (next to Independent Living Centre)

Make an appointment

No appointment necessary.

For further information, 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).

What to bring to your appointment

 

Developmental checks

Developmental checks of your baby are recommended to monitor how your baby is growing and to offer referral and early intervention to assist your child in reaching his/her potential for a healthy life.

Developmental checks provide an opportunity for you to gain information, support and advice relevant to caring for your baby.

A Maternal and Child Health nurse will check your baby's development and growth and will discuss any concerns you have about your baby. Baby developmental health checks are recommended 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
  • Kindergarten

Who can use this service?

All families with children (0 – kindergarten age) 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 vaccinations are 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 at 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.

 

Early Days group sessions

Early Days group sessions provide information and support with breastfeeding, bottle feeding and settling infants under three months of age.

The sessions are held on the following days, at a range of locations:

Monday - Gungahlin Child and Family Centre, 51 Ernest Cavanagh St, Gungahlin

Tuesday - Lanyon Family Care Centre, 23 Sidney Nolan Street, Conder

Wednesday - Ngunnawal Child Health Clinic, 103 Wanganeen Avenue, Ngunnawal

Thursday - Lanyon Family Care Centre, 23 Sidney Nolan Street, Conder

Friday - West Belconnen Child and Family Centre, 65 Luke St, Holt

Who can use this service?

  • Parents and infants in the ACT.
  • Partners, support people and babies up to 3 months of age are welcome.
  • Please organise other care arrangements for toddlers and older siblings

Cost

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

Make an appointment

No appointments are necessary. Please arrive at the session location as stated above by 9.30am.

For further information, 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).

What to bring to your appointment

Please bring any equipment you may need when feeding your baby.

 

New Parent Groups

New Parent Groups are provided as a four week program and are facilitated by a Maternal and Child Health nurse.

They provide an opportunity to:

  • meet first time parents with babies of a similar age (up to 4 months of age)
  • discuss topics and issues related to parenting and caring for yourselves and your baby, and
  • find out how to access services available to parents in the community.

Who can use this service?

  • Parents of infants aged up to 4 months in the ACT.

Cost

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

Make an appointment

To book your place in a New Parent Group, 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).

What to bring to your appointment

Please bring any equipment you may need to care for your baby.

 

Sleep Groups

Sleep and settling groups provide information about how to get your baby to settle and sleep better.

We hold three age specific sessions:

  • 3–8 months
  • 9–18 months
  • 19–36 months

Who can use this service?

Parents of infants aged 3-36 months in the ACT.

Cost

This service is free to Medicare and Asylum Seeker card holders

Make an appointment

To book your place in a Sleep Group, 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).

What to bring to your appointment

Please bring any equipment you may need to care for your baby.

 

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

 

Physiotherapy for new mothers and babies

Assessment, information, exercise advice, early intervention and prevention services for:

  • Women to manage pain or pelvic floor issues resulting from having recently had a baby
  • Babies under 12 months with head and neck posture concerns, positional foot problems or physical development (gross motor) issues e.g. delayed rolling/sitting/weight bearing.

Services provided

  • Physiotherapy Information Group - provides information for pregnant women or women who have recently had a baby, regarding:
    • Post natal recovery exercises and general exercise advice
    • Back and pelvic care
    • Wrist, feet, knees and general musculoskeletal care
    • Pelvic floor, bladder and bowel issues
  • Physiotherapy Information Group - provides information for your baby, regarding:
    • Normal development
    • Tummy time ideas
    • Musculoskeletal issues, head shape, head and neck posture

Who can use this service?

  • Pregnant women or women who have had a baby within the last 12 months and who have mastitis or musculoskeletal issues which are pregnancy related such as lower back pain, wrist pain, pelvic pain, abdominal weakness, continence or pelvic floor issues.
  • Babies under 12 months with head and neck posture concerns, positional foot problems or physical development (gross motor) issues e.g. delayed rolling/sitting/weight bearing.

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 baby’s Blue Book if the appointment is for your baby

 

Breastfeeding and nutrition for babies

Dietitians of the Women, Youth & Children Nutrition team provide advice on a range of nutrition topics including fussy eating, introducing solids, weight management, food allergy and intolerance, disordered eating, and healthy eating during pregnancy and breastfeeding.

Our Maternal and Child Health (MACH) services can provide breastfeeding information and support at drop-in, booked clinics and at Early Days sessions.

Services provided

If you would like a hard copy of any of the resources please complete the Resource order form.

Who can use this service?

  • Pregnant and breastfeeding women
  • Women with children under the age of 25 years

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.

 

Early Parenting Counselling

A counselling service focussed on those issues and concerns that may arise for individuals and families during pregnancy and the early parenting years

Services provided

The Early Parenting Counselling Service provides mothers and fathers or other primary caregivers with support and advice to better manage and overcome challenges that may arise in the early stages of family life.

Perhaps you have experienced or considered some of the following?

  • Emotional wellbeing for expecting mothers or fathers.
  • The impacts of anxiety or depression.
  • Experiences of grief and loss.
  • The impacts of a difficult or traumatic birth experience.
  • Bonding, attachment, and positive parenting practices.
  • Family or relationship challenges in the early parenting years.
  • The impact of past experiences, childhood trauma, or family violence on well-being or parenting confidence.
  • Coping with the uncertainty of having a baby with developmental delays, disabilities, or additional needs.

Who can use this service?

  • All parents and caregivers in the ACT with children (0 – 5 age)
  • All Pregnant women or their partners 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.

More information

Visit: http://www.health.act.gov.au/our-services/women-youth-and-children/social-work