Recommended health checks and consultations
Child and Family Health Services provides free health checks for South Australian children at key developmental ages between birth and 6 years. These checks are recommended by the National Health and Medical Research Council of Australia (NHMRC) and are offered at:
- 1-4 weeks (at the first home visit)
- 6 weeks
- 6-9 months
- 18 to 24 months
- 3 years.
Children can also be seen at any age when parents have concerns, questions or issues. (See the topic Health checks)
Pre-school health checks
Child and Family Health nurses visit all kindergartens and pre-school centres across the state to provide vision, hearing, growth and developmental checks, providing opportunities for parents to discuss parenting or health concerns. Teachers, nurses and parents work in partnership to assess children's needs before school entry.
Women's and Children's Health Network staff can provide information about immunisation through Child and Family Health centres, and via the Parent Helpline.
Immunisation is offered as part of other child health services from many clinic sites. Free vaccines are available at specific health checks, in accordance with the National Immunisation Schedule.
Child and Family Health Services offer a limited service for children referred for physiotherapy assessment.
Business hours: Monday - Friday, 9am - 5pm
Telephone: 1300 733 606 for appointment bookings
(line open 9am - 4.30pm, Monday to Friday)
If you need to cancel an appointment, please provide us with as much notice as possible. If phoning after hours, please leave a message on the answering machine.
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All Child and Family Health Services are free and statewide in South Australia. They are provided by qualified nurses, medical staff, social workers, physiotherapists and Indigenous Cultural Consultants.