Safe Start

mother-childSafe Start is for pregnant women and families with babies up to 2 years old. It helps identify families with mental health and social difficulties. SAFE START gets you the help you need to manage pregnancy and early parenting.

SAFE START provides assessment and support for families with problems including substance abuse, mental health issues and/or domestic and family violence.


  • Midwives will ask all women questions around domestic and family violence, mental health and drug taking. This takes place at the maternity hospital booking-in appointment and after birth or as indicated during the pregnancy.
  • If there are vulnerabilities identified a midwife offers referral to SAFE START.
  • This may also trigger referral to other support services.
  • GPs may also refer to SAFE START.


How SAFE START works:

The SAFE START team will offer you support services to help you manage during pregnancy and after your baby is born.

The team may include:

  • the Social Worker
  • Child and Family Clinical Nurse Consultant,
  • Child and Family Nurses
  • Antenatal Clinic Coordinators,
  • Mums Using Other Substances Worker (MUMS)
  • Mental Health staff and midwives.

The team can refer to other services such as Allied Health, Mums Using Other Substances Program (MUMs), specialist Mental Health Services and Allied psychological services (ATAPS).

Vulnerable families are offered a home visit by a Child and Family Health Nurse within 2 weeks of the baby’s birth.


To find out more about SAFE START phone;

Contact your midwife at your local hospital maternity unit or the child and family health nurse at your local health facility.

SAFE START Coordinator (02) 6620 7587