Child and Family Health Services provide a range of services across the primary health care continuum including prevention, early intervention, screening, assessment, education, developmental checks, support, therapeutic interventions and treatment. Provision of outreach services through home and community visits, and consultation and partnership with other children’s service providers is a key component in efficient and effective health care delivery by the Child and Family Health teams.
Child and Family Health Services address the health and social wellbeing of children, young people, their families and carers. The services are made up of a multidisciplinary team of health professionals and encompass a range of service modalities including Aboriginal Maternal & Infant Health, Child and Family Health Nursing, Parenting Education (Child Birth & Early Parenting), Genetic Counselling, Specialist Paediatrics, Speech Pathology, Occupational Therapy, Physiotherapy, Audiometry, School Health, Counselling and Therapy Services, Mental Health, Domestic Violence Programs and appropriate family support services.
Growing up healthy is very important for health in later life and childhood and adolescence presents a crucial time in which to focus on prevention and early intervention strategies to promote health and wellbeing. Community Child Health uses a multidisciplinary approach of service delivery and also develops partnerships with other community services and agencies to provide services.