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A better start for children in Western NSW

13 December 2022

Families in Western NSW will benefit from five newly accredited Child and Family Health Nurses who have started work across Western NSW Local Health District (WNSWLHD).

Child and Family Health Nurses support families with babies and children aged 0-5 years in the community, providing health and developmental checks as well as education and advice for parents.

WNSWLHD Chief Executive Mark Spittal said the nurses will help give Western NSW children the best start possible in life.

“We are encouraging parents and carers to take their children for the health and developmental checks that are so crucial in the first 2,000 days of life,” Mr Spittal said.

“I’m pleased to say these five Child and Family Health Nurses have started work across Western NSW Local Health District, having just completed their graduate certificate in Child and Family Health.

“The graduates are based in Grenfell, Brewarrina, Walgett, Lightening Ridge, Collarenebri, Goodooga, Wellington, Coonabarabran, and soon to be in Bourke.”

Senior Manager, Paediatrics, Child and Family Wellness, Tammy O’Connor, said WNSWLHD developed a new support initiative to help existing staff members qualify as Child and Family Health nurses. “These 12 staff members were given access to face to face education sessions, with hands on experience, clinical support days, and networking opportunities.

“It’s essential we continue to develop our Child and Family Health workforce and we are doing this by providing opportunities for our nurses to diversify into this field,” Ms O’Connor said.

WNSWLHD Child Family Health Nurses

Picture: Left to right Hannah Mines (Wellington), Jen Staniforth (Coonabarabran), Kelly Murray (Dubbo Regional Aboriginal Medical Service), Kellie Toole (Nurse Educator 1st 2000 Days) Tammy O’Connor, (Senior Manger Child and Family Wellness)