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Child Health Information Link – CHIL

Our friendly and skilled staff provide health advice and link you to our services for children aged 0-12 years.

Phone: 02 9562 5400

Child and Family Health Nursing

Breastfeeding Group
SydneyConnect Image: Parenting Group, Concord Early Childhood Centre

Who are we?

Nurses with additional qualifications in child and family health nursing. 

What do we provide?

We provide health and developmental checks for babies and children. A list of these checks can be found in your child’s Blue Book (My Personal Health Record). We also provide support, education and information on parenting at any time you have questions or concerns.

What age group do we see?

Children from birth to 5 years and their families or carers.

How to contact us?

Call our Child Health Information Link (CHIL) on 02 9562 5400. 

Please let us know if you need access to an interpreter or support from one of our Aboriginal Health Workers.

Where are we located?

Most of our services are provided in Community Health Centres or Child and Family Health Centres. You might also be seen at home. Please contact us for details.

Hearing

Community Health hearing check
SydneyConnect Image: Hearing check, Glebe Town Hall

Who are we?

Audiometry nurses who specialise in working with children.

What do we provide?

We provide early identification of ear disease and hearing problems, hearing checks. We can make referrals to other health professionals and educators if needed.

What age group do we see?

Children aged 9 months to 12 years and their families or carers.

How to contact us?

Call our Child Health Information Link (CHIL) on 02 9562 5400. 

Please let us know if you need access to an interpreter or support from one of our Aboriginal Health Workers.

Where are we located?

Most of our services are provided in Community Health Centres or Child and Family Health Centres.

Vision

Mum and baby seeing a nurse; Nurse holding light up to check baby's eye
SydneyConnect Image: Child and Family Health Clinic, Zetland

Who are we?

Orthoptists who specialise in working with children.

What do we provide?

We provide assessment to identify, diagnose and manage vision problems. We also support the NSW Health Statewide Eyesight Preschooler Screening (StEPS) program, which offers all 4 years old children free vision screening.  

What age group do we see?

Children from birth to 12 years and their families or carers.

How to contact us?

Call our Child Health Information Link (CHIL) on 02 9562 5400. 

Please let us know if you need access to an interpreter or support from one of our Aboriginal Health Workers.

Where are we located?

Most of our services are provided in Community Health Centres or Child and Family Health Centres.

Speech Pathology (Communication)

Speech Pathologist and child
SydneyConnect Image: Speech Pathologist, Community Health

Who are we?

Speech pathologists who specialise in working with children.

What do we provide?

We provide assessment and treatment for children who have difficulty with communication and feeding. This could include learning to talk, understanding others, expressing ideas with words, speaking clearly and being understood.  

What age group do we see?

Children from birth to 12 years and their families or carers.

How to contact us?

Call our Child Health Information Link (CHIL) on 02 9562 5400. 

Please let us know if you need access to an interpreter or support from one of our Aboriginal Health Workers.

Where are we located?

Most of our services are provided in Community Health Centres or Child and Family Health Centres.

Child Nutrition (Eating)

Alexandria Community Centre
SydneyConnect Image: Childhood nutrition, Alexandria Community Health Centre

Who are we?

Early Childhood Dietitians

What do we provide?

We provide consultation to support families with children who are above or below the healthy weight range. We also support common childhood nutrition problems e.g. iron deficiency, cow’s milk intolerance.

What age group do we see?

Children aged from birth to before starting school and their families or carers.

How to contact us?

Call our Child Health Information Link (CHIL) on 02 9562 5400. 

Please let us know if you need access to an interpreter or support from one of our Aboriginal Health Workers.

Where are we located?

Most of our services are provided in Community Health Centres or Child and Family Health Centres.

Occupational Therapy

Colouring activities at Forest Lodge
SydneyConnect Image: Occupational Therapy

Who are we?

Occupational therapists who specialise in working with children.

What do we provide?

We assess and treat children who have difficulty with everyday activities, such as play, self-care (feeding/eating, dressing, toileting etc), school/pre-school participation – for example colouring, cutting, writing, drawing.

What age group do we see?

Children aged from birth to 12 years and their families or carers.

How to contact us?

Call our Child Health Information Link (CHIL) on 02 9562 5400. 

Please let us know if you need access to an interpreter or support from one of our Aboriginal Health Workers.

Where are we located?

Most of our services are provided in Community Health Centres or Child and Family Health Centres.

Physiotherapy

Staff, Mum and Bub at Tresillian Canterbury
SydneyConnect Image: Learning to sit, crawl and walk

Who are we?

Physiotherapists who specialise in working with children.  

What do we provide?

We provide assessment and treatment for children who need help with movement development, for example learning to sit, crawl, walk or reach for toys; balance and coordination (jumping/hopping) and conditions affecting their bones, joint and muscles. 

What age group do we see?

Children aged from birth to 12 years and their families or carers

How to contact us?

Call our Child Health Information Link (CHIL) on 02 9562 5400. 

Please let us know if you need access to an interpreter or support from one of our Aboriginal Health Workers.

Where are we located?

Most of our services are provided in Community Health Centres or Child and Family Health Centres.

Community Paediatrics (Medical)

Canterbury staff and child
SydneyConnect Image: Paediatrics, Canterbury Hospital

Who are we?

Community paediatricians – doctors who specialise in working with children.  

What do we provide?

We provide medical assessment for children and young people about their physical and health growth as well as emotional health and development. 

What age group do we see?

Children aged from birth to 16 years and their families or carers.

How to contact us?

To attend our service, you will need a referral from your local doctor.

Call our Child Health Information Link (CHIL) on 02 9562 5400. 

Please let us know if you need access to an interpreter or support from one of our Aboriginal Health Workers.

Where are we located?

Most of our services are provided in Community Health Centres or Child and Family Health Centres.

Counselling (Psychology and Social Work)

Child playing in grass
SydneyConnect Image: Child and Family Health Family Day

Who are we?

Psychologists and social workers who can support families with children who experience social, emotional or behavioural challenges.  

What service do we provide?

We support families to help improving child’s emotional and social wellbeing. We can assist parents in managing their child’s challenging behaviour. We also offer courses for parents and children to help parents/carers with their child’s behaviour and emotions.

What age group do we see?

Children aged from 3 to 12 years and their families or carers.

How to contact us?

Call our Child Health Information Link (CHIL) on 02 9562 5400. 

Please let us know if you need access to an interpreter or support from one of our Aboriginal Health Workers.

Where are we located?

Most of our services are provided in Community Health Centres or Child and Family Health Centres.

Early Childhood Social Work

Preschool Language Group Croydon
SydneyConnect Image: Language Support Group, Croydon

Who are we?

Early childhood social workers.

What support do we provide?

We provide assessment and counselling to support families on managing adjustment to parenting including family and relationship issues, post-natal emotional distress. We also provide a range of parenting groups.

What age group do we see?

Parents and carers with children aged from birth to three years.

How to contact us?

Call our Child Health Information Link (CHIL) on 02 9562 5400. 

Please let us know if you need access to an interpreter or support from one of our Aboriginal Health Workers.

Where are we located?

Most of our services are provided in Community Health Centres or Child and Family Health Centres.