With so much information available about child health and development, it can be hard to know which sources you can trust. We've put together some links and resources to get you started.
The links and resources below only contain general information. If you have specific concerns or questions about your child's health or development, please speak with your child and family health nurse.
Contact your GP
It’s important that you talk with your GP about any health concerns you have for yourself or your family.
Due to demand constraints, many of our services involve waiting times. While you are waiting, your GP may be able to refer you to a health professional through a Chronic Disease Management Plan (Speech & OT) or a Mental Health Care Plan (Counselling/Psychology). This will reduce the cost of accessing these private services.
Keep up with your child's developmental checks during COVID-19.
It is really important to keep up with your child's developmental checks. You can find these check-lists in your Blue Book. Our free Child & Family Health Services are open and safe for you and your child to attend to complete these checks.
Breastfeeding is important and safe during COVID-19.
Even in the time of COVID-19 breastfeeding is important and safe. Dr Elisabeth Murphy explains how mums with symptoms can continue to feed their babies.
With so much COVID-19 information available and advice on restrictions rapidly changing, Western Sydney residents and community organisations have told us it’s hard to know where to find the latest, trustworthy health advice.
In response, the Western Sydney Local Health District’s Centre for Population Health has launched a COVID-19 Community Resources website, so the local community has easy access to credible health and wellbeing information in one spot.
The new website provides direct links to trusted websites including NSW Health, state and federal Governments, as well as to mental health and wellbeing, financial, legal and housing supports during COVID-19.
Visit the site to subscribe to updates and please share the link with your colleagues, friends and family.
Emergency contact numbers (24hrs a day, 7 days a week)
Help to find health information, legal and financial services
Legal and financial support
Child protection and domestic/family violence
Local family support services
Gambling and addiction services
Helping kids to be healthy
Mental health support for children, young adults and adults
Mental health/counselling support for Adults
Mental health/counselling support for children and young people
Couple counselling & adjusting to separation/divorce
Concerns about child development & disability
Support for people exploring diverse genders, sexes and sexuality