Child and Family Health Nursing


Child and Family Health Nursing (CFHN) is a primary health care service providing a wide range of health care and health promotional services to children and families. The service aims to maintain and improve the health of children, youth and families in the Greater Newcastle, Lake Macquarie and Port Stephen's areas.

Child Health Nurses promote the physical, emotional and social health, well being and development of children from birth to five years of age, including their families.

CFHN has Registered Nurses with qualifications in child and family health nursing and general nursing. Some nurses have additional qualifications e.g. lactation consultancy, audiometry and immunisation. The service also provides assessments in early childhood, audiometry and parental issues.

What services are provided?
  • Child Health Centres
  • Assessment
  • Growth and development of young children
  • Family functioning and parental management skills
  • Infant feeding and nutrition
  • Early detection and management of postnatal depression
  • Monitoring
  • Growth and development of young children
  • Families with child protection issues
  • Parenting skills
  • Lactation Clinics to assist and support breastfeeding
  • Group Education

Group support and education
  • Early Parenting Support Groups for children 0 - 10 weeks
  • New parent group for children 3 - 6 months of age

Information, advice and support in:

  • Care and management of young children
  • Feeding and nutrition including lactation
  • Immunisation
  • Toddler behaviour and management
  • Child safety
  • Postnatal Depression
  • Adjustment to motherhood
  • Audiometry Clinics
  • Secondary hearing testing and referral of children 3.5 to 18 years:

Contact (02)49 236920 for an appointment.

Immunisation Clinics

Opportunistic immunisation is provided at child health centres or home visits as required.

Visit our immunisation clinics page to view upcoming immunisation dates.

View the NSW Immunisation Schedule.

If you have any concerns about childhood immunisation please read the Department of Health's 'Myths and concerns about vaccination' and 'Realities of Vaccination' booklets.

Do I need a referral and how do I make an appointment?

Referrals may be made by families, GP's, hospital staff and other health professionals. Referrals can be made by phone. Families are offered an initial home visit within two weeks of discharge from hospital. The service does have a waiting list.

Location and contact details

Locations and contact details are provided upon referral.

The staff at Child and Family Health Nursing will make contact with families following a referral from a health professional.

Greater Newcastle, Lake Macquarie and Port Stephens
Phone:  (02)49 236 920
Hours:              Monday to Friday 8.30am to 5pm
Fees:               This is a free service


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