Child and Family Health Nurse
The Birra Li Maternal Child and Health Service provides the services of a Child and Family Health Nurse and Aboriginal Health Worker/Practitioner to provide care and support across Newcastle, Lake Macquarie and Port Stephens areas. We can visit you and your family in your own home, in extended family home or a community setting or community clinic.
We have clinics at Nikinpa at Toronto, Newcastle and Raymond Terrace Community Health Centres and Tomaree Hospital.
This service is voluntary and referrals can be from yourself, community, GP, Awabakal Medical Service, hospital and allied health services.
What we do for you and your family
We can discuss with you your child’s current age and stage of development and any issues that may occur including diet, behaviour, growth and developmental milestones. This includes your child’s Blue Book health checks. If a problem is identified, we can refer your family to allied health services such as social work, doctors, psychologist’s, psychiatrists, physiotherapists, play therapist, speech therapist and occupational therapist if needed.
Our Aboriginal Health Worker/Practitioner can assist you with any cultural needs or any problems that you may need support with. This can include issues with housing, domestic violence or any other family vulnerability that can impact on parenting or the growth and development of your child.