Caring for kids in our Health District
Our district offers a number of paediatric services, and also know of a number of other resources that might assist you in caring for kids in our communities.
Paediatric services in our Health District
Orange, Bathurst and Dubbo Health Service Paediatric Services
Orange, Bathurst and Dubbo Health Service Paediatric Services offer acute medical and surgical services, paediatric generalist and specialist clinics and paediatric ambulatory care services.
Mudgee Health Service Paediatric Unit
Mudgee Health Service Paediatric Unit offers acute medical and surgical services (some elective Ear, Nose and Throat services), occasional paediatric generalist clinics and paediatric ambulatory care services.
Parkes and Forbes Hospital, and Cowra Health Service Paediatric Services
Parkes Hospital Paediatric Services offer acute medical services, occasional paediatric generalist clinics and paediatric ambulatory care services.
All other facilities in the Local Health District
- Acute Emergency and stabilisation service and transfer to a high level service
- Some facilities have occasional visiting Paediatric Generalist Clinics
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Helpful resources for parents and carers
|Fact Sheets for Parents: Medical Conditions||A range of factsheets on health and safety topics have been developed by the NSW Children’s Hospitals. The fact sheets are for educational purposes only.|||
|Fact Sheets for Parents: Safety||A range of factsheets on health and safety topics have been developed by the NSW Children’s Hospitals. The fact sheets are for educational purposes only.|
|The Sydney Children’s Hospitals Network||The Sydney Children’s Hospitals Network incorporates The Children’s Hospital at Westmead, Sydney Children’s Hospital, Randwick, Bear Cottage, the Newborn and Paediatric Emergency Transport Service (NETS), the Pregnancy and Newborn Services Network (PSN) and the Children’s Court Clinic.|
|Breastfeeding Helpline||The Australian Breastfeeding Association (ABA) runs the National Breastfeeding Helpline 1800 mum 2 mum (1800 686 268). The Breastfeeding Helpline is available 7 days a week and offers support and advice to breastfeeding mums.||1800 686 268|
|SIDS and Kids||SIDS and Kids bereavement support services assist families who have experienced the sudden and unexpected death of a baby or child, during birth, pregnancy or infancy, regardless of the cause.||1300 308 307|
|Save the date to Vaccinate||This website offers parents access to comprehensive information on immunisation as well as the easy-to-use free tools designed to help you save the date to vaccinate. Or, find our more information on immunisation in our district.|
|Kids Safe||The child accident prevention foundation of Australia.|
|AWCH||Association for the Wellbeing of Children in Healthcare.|
|Okee in Medical Imaging App||Help Okee and friends as they dodge sharks and navigate pipes before heading to X-Ray, MRI, CT, Nuclear Medicine, Ultrasound and Fluroscopy. Available for Android and iPhone.|
|Office of NSW Kids and Families||The NSW Office of Kids and Families vision is for children, young people and families in NSW to be healthy, safe and well.|
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Maternal child and family services
Aboriginal Maternal Infant Health Strategy (AMIHS)
Our Aboriginal Maternal and Infant Health Service (AMIHS) provides antenatal and postnatal care to Aboriginal/Non-Aboriginal mothers with Aboriginal partners and their infants. This service is available to 8 weeks postpartum.
The Aboriginal Maternal Infant Health Service is a community-based maternity service. The service involves a midwife working in partnership with and Aboriginal Health Worker to provide culturally appropriate care to pregnant Aboriginal women, new mothers and their babies in a safe environment from conception up to eight weeks postnatal.
Community development is integrated into the AMIHS service delivery model. A holistic approach is undertaken to improve the health and wellbeing of women, families and their communities. The program is delivered in collaboration and consultation with local Aboriginal communities where the program operates.
AMIHS sites within Western NSW Local Health District:
- Bathurst/Orange – Please contact Bathurst Community Health Centre
- Bourke – Please contact Bourke Community Health Centre
- Cowra/Parkes/Forbes – Please contact Cowra Community Health Centre, Parkes Community Health Centre, or Forbes Community Health Centre
- Dubbo – Please contact Dubbo Community Health Centre
- Gilgandra/Gulargambone – Please contact Gilgandra Community Health Centre
- Narromine – Please contact Narromine Community Health Centre
Other useful websites: Health InfoNet.
Child and Family Health Nursing Services
Child and Family Health Nursing services are available across the Western NSW Local Health District in most of the Community Health Centres. These nurses specialise in Child and Family Health and can provide you with information about how to care for babies and young children, including information on:
- coping with sleeping and crying
- your baby’s growth and development
- playing with your baby or toddler
- your own wellbeing
If you have any concerns about your baby, your small child, yourself or your family, the Child and Family Health Nurse can help. You may be offered services that visit you at home, or be asked to come to the Early Childhood Health Centre or Community Health Centre. Please contact your local hospital for information regarding the availability of the service in your area.
Other useful websites:
SAFE START Program
SAFE START is the brand name adopted by the NSW Ministry of Health for an approach that aims to enhance the social and emotional wellbeing of parents and their infants, beginning before birth.
Research demonstrates that the way in which families are supported in pregnancy and the early years following the birth of a baby has lasting effects on the future outcomes of children’s social, emotional and physical health.
WNSWLHD is committed to the SAFE START approach and we hope the information that follows will help you to determine how we can support you best.
How does the SAFE START approach work?
Firstly by determining which parents and infants may benefit from additional support. We do this by asking every woman who books into this maternity unit a series of questions. These questions are about your social and emotional wellbeing. We also ask every woman to complete a self-report questionnaire that screens for current symptoms of depression. Your answers help us to determine what level of care we may offer or suggest to best support you and your family. Levels of care range from routine services that all families can benefit from up to specialist services to address more complex needs.
What happens with this information?
Some of your answers will be recorded by the midwife directly into your electronic medical record. Your answers to the depression screening questions are recorded by you on a paper form. This form is later converted into an electronic format and stored with the rest of your electronic medical record. If you experience any problems with completing the depression screening form please inform your midwife. Only people directly involved in your care will have access to your electronic medical record.
What happens next?
Your midwife will explain the processes for referral to services to support you and your family after reviewing your answers. Sometimes your midwife may need to consult with other health care providers to help determine your level of care. In this case you may be contacted after your visit either by your midwife or directly by the service offering support. If you do not wish to be contacted by another service directly please inform your midwife.
If you would like more information about SAFE START please ask to speak with the Maternity Unit Manager in your birthing health service.
For further information please visit the SAFE START page on the Keep Them Safe website.
Statewide Eyesight Preschool Screening (StEPS) Program and Statewide Infant Screening- Hearing (SWIS-H) Programs
The NSW Statewide Eyesight Preschool Screening (StEPS) program is an initiative of NSW Health and offers all 4 year old children free vision screening to identify vision problems as early as possible so children can receive appropriate intervention and treatment as early as possible during the visual development period, 0 to 8 years, to achieve good vision for life and learning.
The NSW Statewide Infant Screening Hearing (SWIS-H) program is aimed at identifying all babies born in NSW with significant permanent hearing loss by 3 months of age, and for those children to be able to access appropriate intervention as early as possible. Identification is achieved through offering universal hearing screening. Early diagnosis and appropriate intervention for children with significant permanent hearing impairment can lead to a considerable improvement in health, educational and social outcomes.
Key contacts for both programs within Western NSW Local Health District are:
You might also like to read brochures and other information for both SWIS-H and StEPS.
Specialist Infant Child Youth and Family Services
The Child and Adolescent Community Mental Health Service provides specialist assessment, intervention and treatment for children, young people and their families/carers who have or are at risk of developing mental health illness or disorders. For more information about this service, please click here.
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