Community Health Care for Families

Did you know that Child and Family Health Nurses provide free services to families with children 0-5 years across Penrith, Blue Mountains and Lithgow Local Government Areas? These Nurses are part of a network of Community Health teams operating right across the Nepean Blue Mountains Local Health District.

While most people are aware of their local hospital and what it offers, many are not familiar with the services that support families in the community.   

The Child & Family Health Team can provide a home or clinic visit following the birth of a new baby. At this visit, the specially trained Nurse will:

  • complete a health and development check for your baby. (You can find more information about this in your baby’s Personal Health Record, known as the ‘Blue Book’)
  • offer support with feeding, settling, sleeping and adjusting to parenting
  • discuss any issues or concerns you may have
  • provide you with information and links to additional family and parenting groups and support services that may help you

After the initial baby visits, regular developmental checks are recommended up until pre-school age. These check-ups include physical, social and emotional wellbeing, and are advised to be done at:

  • 6-8 weeks
  • 6 months
  • 12 months and 18 months
  • 2 years, 3 years and 4 years

At four years of age, a free vision test is also provided through the StEPS program (Statewide Eyesight Preschooler Screening) in preparation for school.

Child & Family services are delivered from the five Community Health Centres and 11 Clinics (located within local schools) across the Penrith, Blue Mountains, Lithgow and Hawkesbury communities. These clinics aim to make access easier and more responsive for local families.

Our local Aboriginal families also have access to the Building Strong Foundations program. This program is supported by Aboriginal health workers, and provides child and family health services for Aboriginal children from birth right through to school-entry age.

Please call: 1800222608 between 9am to 4pm, Monday to Friday to contact Child and Family Health Nursing services, or to get information on:

  • parenting groups
  • speech pathology
  • occupational therapy
  • audiometry (hearing)
  • orthoptics (eyes)
  • counselling

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