Community Health services promote healthy outcomes for infants, young children and their families through a comprehensive approach in collaboration with parents/carers. Community Health nurses complete health checks and assessments of children’s physical, developmental, social and emotional needs and enable access to timely and appropriate interventions and supports.
Groups at risk of poorer health outcomes are of particular focus. Universal services include developmental assessments from birth to school entry at the key ages of 0-14 days, 8 weeks, 4 months, 12 months, 2 years and starting school. Included in the schedule is:
- Physical and developmental assessments which review child health, development and behaviour
- Psychosocial assessments including community and family networks and supports
- Information regarding parenting and development of parenting groups
- Maternal health and wellbeing including assessment for post-natal depression
- Child safety including safe sleeping
- Breastfeeding and nutrition