Children and Young People

Child Health Nurses – Winnunga Nimmityjah AHCS

See a child health nurse every Wednesday at Winnunga Nimmityjah, to get help with breastfeeding, nutrition, feeding, sleeping, behaviour and development.

For more information visit Child Health Nurses - Winnunga Nimmityjah or call 02 6284 6222.

Immunisation – Winnunga Nimmityjah AHCS

The midwifery team offers antenatal and postnatal care, community at home support, baby health checks, breastfeeding support, immunisations, and a range of women’s health services. Our midwives work closely with ACT hospitals and assist in ensuring continuity of care between Winnunga Nimmityjah and hospital services.

Winnunga Nimmityjah has a comprehensive child immunisation program and where everyone is encouraged to get involved. This also allows Winnunga Nimmityjah to follow up on patients’ progress with post-partum recovery, and to assist them with any needs in relation to caring for their infants.

For more information visit Immunisation - Winnunga Nimmityjah or call 02 6284 6222.

Maternal and Child Health – Community Health Services

Maternal and Child Health (MACH) offer home visits to all families with newborns with a referral from their midwife. This first visit is a chance to discuss the wellbeing and any health issues of you and your baby. It can also provide you with information about local services for parents.

Services include:

  • First home visits
  • Booked Clinical appointments
  • Drop in clinic
  • New Parent Group
  • Feeding and settling (Early days and Sleep Groups)

For more information visit Maternal and Child Health or call 02 5124 9977.

Newborn Care – Canberra Health Services

Providing support for first-time parents through free group sessions. If you are a first-time parent, it’s important to prepare yourself for a smooth transition to family life.

Free group sessions to help you include:

  • Ease into parenting and prepares you for this new phase in your life
  • Strengthen relationships and maintain intimacy at this precious and challenging time
  • Build confidence about responding to your baby’s needs
  • Create a support network

To attend a session contact Relationship Australia Canberra and Region on 02 6122 7100.

For more information visit Newborn Care or contact the Queen Elizabeth II Family Centre on 02 6205 2311.

Early Parenting Counselling – Canberra Health Services

This service provides support and advice to help you better manage and overcome challenges when you have a young family.

This service is available to parents and caregivers of children aged 0 to 5, as well as pregnant women and their partners between 8am to 5pm, Monday to Friday (excluding Public Holidays).

For more information visit Early Parenting Counselling - CHS or call 02 5124 9977.

Walk-in Centres

Walk-in Centres offer free health care for minor injuries and illnesses such as colds, flu, cuts, sprains, bites and stings. They are located in Belconnen, Gungahlin, Tuggeranong, and Weston Creek.

All Walk-in Centres are led by a team of highly skilled advanced practice nurses and nurse practitioners with extensive experience in treating people with minor injuries and illnesses. There are no doctors at our clinics.

If you have complex health conditions or children under 2 years, please visit your GP for advice.

In an emergency or life-threatening situation, please call 000.

For more information visit Walk-in Centres.

Child and Family Centres

Located at Tuggeranong, West Belconnen and Gungahlin. Opening hours Monday - Friday 9:00am to 5:00pm.

The early years of a child’s life sets the foundation for their future health, development and learning. The Child and Family Centres are a one-stop-shop for supporting families during this important time.

The Centres are staffed by highly skilled, experienced and qualified practitioners with social work, psychology, specialised nursing or other health, welfare and education qualifications. The staff at the Centres work to deliver a range of support programs and services to assist parents and young children pre-birth to 8 years. Selected services can be offered to children up to 12 years of age.

Gungahlin: 51 Ernest Cavanagh St, Gungahlin, Phone 02 6207 0120
Tuggeranong: 159 Anketell St, Greenway, Phone 02 6207 8228
West Belconnen: 6 Luke St, Holt, Phone 02 6205 2904

For more information visit Child and Family Centres.

Gugan Gulwan Aboriginal Youth Corporation

Gugan Gulwan Aboriginal Youth Corporation (Gugan Gulwan) is an Aboriginal youth centre that provides a range of programs that go well beyond the services provided by most youth centres. Gugan Gulwan gives support to parents and the family unit, focusing on skills development for young people.

Programs include a drug and alcohol/mental health program, a child, youth, family support program, and a reconnect program to support young Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people.

For more information visit Gugan Gulwan or call 02 6296 8900.

Children’s Asthma Education Service

Asthma is a condition of the lungs that makes it difficult to breathe. It’s a common health problem that affects up to 1 in 10 children. The Children’s Asthma Education Service (CAES) provides children, young people and their families with initial and continuing support to manage their asthma.

This includes helping:

  • Children, young people and families understand asthma, asthma first aid, how asthma medications work and when to use them
  • Families manage wheezing in the first years of life
  • Primary school aged children with symptom recognition and increasing independence
  • Teenagers self-manage support and device options.

This service is a free service for people up to 18 years old. For more information visit Children’s Asthma Education Service or call 02 5124 9977.

Eye Screening – Canberra Health Services

Canberra Health Services offers eye and vision screening services for children from birth to 6 years. Their services include vision assessment, eye movement assessment and binocular vision tests.

You can access this service with a referral from your GP. You may also be referred to the service through a MACH nurse following a kindergarten health check if your child has:

  • A vision of 6/9 or less in one or both eyes
  • An obvious or latent squint
  • Uneven eye movements

For more information visit Eye Screening - CHS or to make an appointment visit Community Health Centres.

Clinical Services – Winnunga Nimmityjah AHCS

Winnunga Nimmityjah provide a range of clinical services including optometry (eye health) and vision screening services. Winnunga Nimmityjah is a bulk billing service. All service at Winnunga Nimmityjah are free of charge for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander clients.

For more information visit Clinical Services - Winnunga Nimmityjah or call 02 6284 6222.

Children’s Hearing Service – Canberra Health Services

Canberra Health Services offers a full hearing assessment for children aged 18 months to 18 years. To book an appointment or make a referral, contact Central Health Intake between 8am and 5pm, Monday to Friday and 8am to 3.30pm on Wednesday.

For more information visit Children’s Hearing Services – CHS or call 02 5124 9977.


Supports young people aged between 12-25 who are impacted by cancer. Canteen support young people who are dealing with their own, a parent or a sibling’s diagnosis, or have lost a loved one to cancer.

To talk to a health professional about information and support for a young person call 1800 835 932.

For more information visit Canteen.

Child and Youth Dental – Canberra Health Services

The services provided include a comprehensive assessment, individual oral health plans and general preventive, restorative and emergency treatment for children and young people in the ACT.

Please book your appointment using the Central Health Intake line on 02 5124 9977 or visit the Community Health Centres page for more information.

For emergency treatment, please call the Central Health Intake line on 02 5124 9977 from Monday to Friday or call 02 6205 1653 for weekend and public holidays emergencies.

For more information visit Child and Youth Dental – CHS.

Page last updated on: 15 May 2020