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 and support are provided?

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.

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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.

Hearing assessments

Hearing assessments are provided to children and young people aged 3.5 years to 18-years-of-age (provided they are still at school).

Referrals for an assessment are required and can be accepted from:

  • Medical professionals
  • Speech Pathologist's for clients in the LGA
  • Child and Family Health Nurses
  • Schools/Preschools
  • Other health professionals
  • All out of area referrals require a GP referral

For a hearing test to be conducted a child needs to be able to tolerate wearing headphones and be able to sit and follow directions in a play environment.

If child has development delay he/she is seen at Australian Hearing.

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.

Lower Hunter

Greater Newcastle, Lake Macquarie and Port Stephens


(02)49 236 920


Monday to Friday 8.30am to 5pm


This is a free service


Upper Hunter

Cessnock Community Health Centre

(02)49 363282

View Street



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(02)49 363282

Lang Street



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(02)65 719248

Dangar Road



Muswellbrook Community Health Centre

(02)65 422050

Brentwood Street



Murrurundi Community Health Centre

(02)65 422050

Paradise Road & O'Connell Street



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(02)65 402121

Stafford Street



Beresfield Community Health Centre

(02)49 661034

Cnr Lawson & Ogilvie



East Maitland Community Health Centre

(02)49 312010

58 Stronach Avenue



Rutherford Neighbourhood Centre

(02)49 329768

Arthur Street