Child and Family Health Nurses offer a range of services. They participate in the Families New South Wales program and provide Universal Home Visiting to new parents after their discharge from hospital. Their services are provided to families with children aged 0 – 5 years and include health and developmental advice and information; assessment of growth, hearing, speech, vision, and developmental progress of children; strategies to promote normal development and behaviour; childhood immunisation, support with breastfeeding and nutrition, parenting education and support; identification of postnatal depression and child abuse. Sustained Home Visiting, which provides services to families with complex health issues with children aged 0-5 years, is provided on a limited basis. This service would require further resourcing in order to expand across the Area.
Child and Family Health Nursing services work closely with maternity units, specialty health services, GPs and specialty community services.