Becoming a parent is exciting, tiring and terrifying all at the same time. It’s important to remember that you’re not alone in feeling a mix of emotions and there are many support services available for advice and guidance.
CaFHS services are free to all families in South Australia with children from birth to 5 years. For families experiencing added challenges, CaFHS offers more intensive support over a longer period to help families meet the health and development needs of their child.
CaFHS employs a range of clinical and support staff including nursing and allied health (social work and psychology) professionals who are supported by Child and Family Support Consultants, and Aboriginal Cultural Child and Family Support Consultants who ensure the delivery of culturally responsive care.
Child and Family Health Nurses are registered nurses who possess professional knowledge and skills about child health and development that help to nurture and support environments in which babies and children can thrive and grow.
staff have advanced clinical skills across a range of areas in child and family
health that enables them to provide best practice care including:
- Child health and development
- Infant mental health
- Parental mental health
- Health promotion
- Adjusting to parenting and family life.
CaFHS services include:
- Health and Development Checks
- Early Parenting Groups
- Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Families
- Multicultural Families
- Newborn Hearing Assessment
- Parent Helpline
- Torrens House
* Selected sites only
Within your first two to four weeks of being home with your baby, CaFHS will contact you to arrange your first consultation. Click on the link below to find out more.
CaFHS is part of the Women's and Children's Health Network (WCHN) which is South Australia's leading provider of health services for children, young people and women. The WCHN works in partnership with families, the community and other service providers to promote, maintain and restore health.
WCHN Community Services Strategic Plan 2022–2026
Our Network’s four community health services aim to improve the health, development and wellbeing of babies, children and communities by providing integrated care and specialised services that are culturally safe, trauma informed and responsive.