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Child and Family Health Service

The Child and Family Health Service provides free support for parents of children 0-5 years living in South Australia.

Vision and mission

The Child and Family Health Service, a division of the Women’s and Children’s Health Network, aims to support parents of young children from birth to 5 years by providing access to advice and support for children’s health, development and wellbeing needs.

How Child and Family Health Service can help

Through a program of recommended regular health checks for young children, Child and Family Health Service can offer support with:

  • feeding
  • settling
  • sleeping
  • health and development
  • being a parent
  • understanding children’s needs
  • parents’ emotional wellbeing
  • adjusting to parenting
  • child safety.

If children or their parents are experiencing ongoing challenges, they have a range of extended services to help children meet their health and development needs.

Information lines/help lines

  • Call 1300 733 606 to book an appointment with a CaFHS nurse.
  • Find your nearest CaFHS centre here.
  • Call our Parent Helpline on 1300 364 100 for support and advice on health or development concerns about your child.

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This information was originally published on healthdirect - Child and Family Health Service.

Last reviewed: September 2021

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Child and Family Health Service • The First 12 Months

Newborns spend their first week of life adapting to their new environment and then as they become more aware of the world around them, their behaviour changes

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Child and Family Health Service • Parent Helpline

Parents in South Australia can call 1300 364 100 for information and support at any time, seven days a week

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Child and Family Health Service • Parenting SA - Aboriginal and Torres Strait Island Families - Parent Easy Guides

The Child and Family Health Service acknowledges Aboriginal people as the First Peoples and Traditional Custodians of Country throughout South Australia

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Child and Family Health Service • Feeding

The websites below are trusted sources of information and will assist in answering your queries on feeding your baby and toddler

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Child and Family Health Service • Blue Book

The Blue Book is given to all parents of newborns in South Australia

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Child and Family Health Service • Multicultural Families

The Child and Family Health Service recognises and welcomes families who come from new and established culturally diverse communities around South Australia

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Child and Family Health Service • Right from the Start

The Child and Family Health Service acknowledges Aboriginal people as the First Peoples and Traditional Custodians of Country throughout South Australia

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Child and Family Health Service • Health and Development Checks

The first five years are very important for lifetime development as this is when the brain grows rapidly, and regular health and development checks are recommended for all babies and young children

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Child and Family Health Service • Supporting Parents

The Child and Family Health Service recognises that families can be any shape or size, including single parents or same-sex couples, and families with adopted or foster children, and we respect and welcome all kinds

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Child and Family Health Service • Consultations

CaFHS offers appointment times to support parents with their new baby

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