Women, Youth and Children Nutrition

The Women, Youth and Children Nutrition service provides free assessment, counselling and advice for children, young people and pregnant women.

The Women, Youth and Children Nutrition service provides free assessment, counselling and advice for children, young people and pregnant women.

Our community dietitians provide advice on topics including fussy eating, introducing solids, weight management, food allergy and intolerance, disordered eating and healthy eating during pregnancy and breastfeeding.

This service is available to children and young people under 25 years and all women during pregnancy and up to 2 years after giving birth.

We are located at Belconnen, City, Gungahlin, Phillip and Tuggeranong Community Health Centres, as well as the West Belconnen Child and Family Centre.

Please see Community Health Centres to make a booking.

You can also email WYC-Nutrition@act.gov.au

Individual appointments

Individual appointments are available for infants, children and young people aged under 25 years and all women during pregnancy and up to 2 years after birth. Appointments are free for Medicare card holders and self-referrals are welcome.

Fussy Eaters

If you have a fussy eater in your family or are tired of only cooking foods your child likes to eat, then a session with the Fussy Eaters group may help. Please see Fussy Eaters for more information.

Community Nutrition Requests

Our dietitians provide presentations and workshops on various nutrition topics. Please complete a Request for Nutrition Involvement Form and send it to WYC-Nutrition@act.gov.au if you are interested in a workshop.

Infant Feeding Guidelines

We encourage you to follow the guidelines below when feeding your infant. They are in line with the NHMRC Infant Feeding Guidelines and are recommended for all parents.

  • when your infant is ready (around 6 months, but not before 4 months), start to introduce a variety of solid foods while continuing breastfeeding—begin with iron-rich foods
  • all infants should be given allergenic solid foods such as peanut butter, cooked egg, dairy and wheat products in the first year of life—this includes those who are at high risk of an allergy
  • hydrolysed infant formula is not recommended for the prevention of allergic disease

You can find more information on infant feeding and allergy prevention, as well as introducing solid foods to infants on the ASCIA website.

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Page last updated on: 15 Oct 2018