Apr 02
Child And Family Health Nurses Celebrate 100 Years In Bathurst

Bathurst Community Health’s Child and Family Health Nurses will celebrate the 100th anniversary of child and family health care at a special afternoon tea event on Wednesday, 15 April at Bathurst Hospital, starting at 2.00pm.

Child and Family Health Nurses throughout NSW are celebrating the centenary this year, with key events being held across the State. Bathurst Child and Family Health Nurse Unit Manager Liz Shaw said the afternoon tea event is open to all families in Bathurst who have used the service.

“It’s a great opportunity to celebrate the important work we do in the community every day,” she said.

“Child and Family Health Nurses feel extremely privileged to work with families and children to improve health outcomes for all children using our specialised skills,” she said.

Child and Family Health Centres provide care, support and advice to families, relatives, and other community professionals for children 0-5years. Health checks, early intervention for developmental problems and immunisations are just some of the services delivered by Child and Family Health Nurses. A key part of their work with families is around developing nurturing parent-child relationships and to identify and respond to actual and potential health issues.

“We work very closely with our families so can respond to their own unique needs, which is important as every family is different and some need more support than others,” Liz said.

“It’s not just about them being physically well, but we want to ensure they are enjoying mental and social wellbeing as well”.

The first baby clinic opened in Sydney (Alexandria) in 1914, marking the beginning of community based, publicly funded child and family health services in NSW. Today, nurses are well-educated and up-to-date, with their practice based on the best available training, evidence and research.

“It’s great to be part of a profession which has such a great history and has made, and continues to make, a positive impact on the health of our children,” Liz said.

“We would love people to come and celebrate with us at our morning tea event, especially anyone who has ever taken their child to the Child and Family Health Nurse or Baby Health Clinic as they were previously known”.

For further information contact Bathurst Community Health on 6330 5677.