New Child Health Program improves family support

3 July 2017

As of 1 July, the WA Health Child Health Program changes have come into effect to help better meet the needs of Western Australian children and their families.

Mother and baby

The new program is based on feedback from families and learnings from child health programs across Australia and overseas and is designed to provide families with more flexible services and extra support when it’s needed.

Child health check appointments (or Purple Book appointments) will now focus on 5 key ages of growing and learning in the early years:

  • 0 to 14 days
  • 8 weeks
  • 4 months
  • 12 months
  • 2 years

along with a health check when kids start school.

Child health nurses will also increase their focus on providing extra appointments and support to families between Purple Book appointments when this is needed.

The new program’s focus on providing flexible services and supporting children at risk of poorer outcomes is expected to have a positive impact on the health and development of Western Australian children.