Child and Family Health Centres

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Who we are

We are Illawarra and Shoalhaven Local Health District (LHD). We want to help parents and carers raise healthy and happy children. That’s why we have 26 Child and Family Health Centres in the community that are run by registered nurses.

We also manage Binji and Boori Aboriginal Maternal Infant Child Health for people who identify as Aboriginal. There are two locations to help you: Port Kembla Hospital in Warrawong and Nowra.

 

What we do

Children grow up healthy when parents and carers get the support they need. Nurses are available to support you and your family at Child and Family Health Centres. Services are free and include:

  • child developmental checks as set out in the Blue Book (your child’s My Personal Health Record) for all children up to age 5
  • health advice and support from a nurse
  • local parent groups

Our nurses also provide you with support and information about:

  • feeding your baby
  • infant and child nutrition
  • emotional health and wellbeing
  • parenting challenges

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How to get help

Getting help at one of our centres is free.

Find your nearest Child and Family Health Centre and call them.

A healthcare worker will speak to you about you and your child's needs.

Due to COVID-19, you may receive services and support:

  • over the phone
  • by video conferencing (telehealth)
  • or in person at a health centre

 

Your child's growth and development

Building young brains and bodies takes work. From birth to age five, how your child plays, learns, speaks and moves are important clues about how they are growing.

Did you know, for example, that at 18 months old, your child may be able to:

  • Point to show you something interesting
  • Tries to say three or more words besides "muma" or "dada"
  • Tries to use a spoon
  • Plays with toys in a simple way, like pushing a toy car

We call being able to do all the things in the checklist, "reaching developmental milestones".

This health check is free at Child and Family Centres. It is to make sure your child’s brain and body is healthy.

To give your child the best start in life, your child should get all the important health and development checks at:

  • 1 to 4 weeks old
  • 6 to 8 weeks old
  • 6 months old
  • 12 months old
  • 18 months old
  • 2 years old
  • 3 years old
  • 4 years old

The checks can be done at a Child and Family Centre by a family health nurse. It is a free service.

 

Your child's immunisations

Vaccinating your child on time is the best way to protect them from serious illness and diseases, such as meningococcal, diphtheria, measles and polio.

To help protect your child, we recommend your child gets immunised at:

  • Birth
  • 6 weeks
  • 4 months
  • 6 months
  • 12 months
  • 18 months
  • 4 years

The immunisation schedule is carefully planned to help defend babies and kids from diseases as soon as it is possible. That is why the type of vaccine your child receives depends on their age.

Vaccines can be given by:

  • general practitioners (GPs)
  • Aboriginal Medical Services
  • some local councils
  • some community health centres

You can find your nearest GP on the Healthdirect website.

Related links

More information about types of vaccines on the NSW Immunisation Schedule

 

Locations

Find your nearest Child and Family Health Centre:

Albion Park

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Albion Park Child and Family Centre

Address: 119 Tongarra Road, ALBION PARK NSW 2527

Phone:

02 4223 8660

Opening hours: Monday to Friday, 8.30am to 5.00pm

How to get there:

  • Public transit: Tongarra Rd opposite Halket Lane – 1 min walk
  • Car: 25 minute drive south west of Wollongong

Car parking: Yes

Disabled and pram access: Yes

Berkeley

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Berkeley Child and Family Centre

Address: 30 Winnima Way BERKELEY NSW 2506

Phone:

02 4260 7405

Opening hours: Monday to Friday, 8.30am to 4.30pm

How to get there:

  • Public transit: Winnima Way Berkeley after Denniss Street – 1 min walk
  • Car: 15 minute drive south of Wollongong

Car parking: Yes

Disabled and pram access: Yes

Corrimal

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Corrimal Child and Family Centre

Address: Corrimal Community Centre, 4 Short Street, CORRIMAL NSW 2518

Phone:

02 4284 3623

Opening hours: Monday to Friday, 8.30am to 5.00pm

How to get there:

  • Public transit: closest bus stop is Princes Hwy, Corrimal then a 3 minute walk
  • Car: 15 minute drive north of Wollongong

Car parking: Yes

Disabled and pram access: Yes

Dapto

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Dapto Child and Family Health Centre

Address: Dapto Health One, 4 Marshall Street, DAPTO  NSW  2530

Phone:

02 4295 2700

Opening hours: Monday to Friday, 8.30am to 5.00pm

How to get there:

  • Public transit: closest bus stop is Princes Hwy, Dapto then a 1 minute walk
  • Car: 17 minute drive south of Wollongong

Car parking: Yes

Disabled and pram access: Yes

Figtree Park

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Figtree Park Child and Family Health Centre

Address: 9 Princes Highway, FIGTREE NSW  2525

Phone:

02 4233 3180

Opening hours: Monday to Friday, 8.30am to 5.00pm

How to get there:

  • Public transit: closest bus stop is Princes Hwy, Figtree then a 2 min walk
  • Car: 9 minute drive south of Wollongong

Car parking: Yes

Disabled and pram access: Yes

Flinders

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Flinders Child and Family Health Centre

Address: 12-18 Adam Murray Way, FLINDERS NSW 2529

Phone:

02 4233 8660

Opening hours: Monday to Friday, 9.00am to 5.00pm

How to get there:

  • Public transit: closest bus stop is Munmorah Circuit opposite Jindabyne Road then a 3 minute walk
  • Car: 20 minute drive south of Wollongong

Car parking: Yes

Disabled and pram access: Yes

Gerringong

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Gerringong Child and Family Health Centre

Address: Gerringong Library, 8 Blackwood Street, GERRINGONG NSW 2534

Phone:

02 4232 0100

Opening hours: Clinic limited hours by appointment only

                          Please call to make an appointment

How to get there:

  • Public transit: closest bus stop at Gerringong Town Hall then a 3 minute walk
  • Car: 25 minute drive south of Wollongong

Car parking: Yes

Disabled and pram access: Yes

Helensburgh

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Helensburgh Child and Family Health Centre

Address: 26B Walker Street, HELENSBURGH NSW 250

Phone:

02 4294 4568

Opening hours: Tuesday - Wednesday, 8.30am to 5.00pm

How to get there:

  • Public transit: closest bus stop is Walker Street before Whitty Road then a 1 minute walk
  • Car: 32 minute drive north of Wollongong (via M1) 

Car parking: Yes

Disabled and pram access: Yes

Kiama

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Kiama Child and Family Health Centre

Address: Kiama Community Health Centre, 14A Bonaira Street, KIAMA NSW 25337

Phone:

02 4232 0100

Opening hours: Monday to Friday, 8.30am to 5.00pm

How to get there:

  • Public transit: closest bus stop is out front of facility 
  • Car: 15 minute drive south of Shellharbour

Car parking: Yes

Disabled and pram access: Yes

North Wollongong

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North Wollongong Child and Family Health Centre

Address: 42A Porter Street, NORTH WOLLONGONG NSW 2500

Phone:

02 4224 2960

Opening hours: Monday to Friday, 8.30am to 5.00pm

How to get there:

  • Public transit: closest bus stop is Porter Street then a 1 minute walk
  • Train station: North Wollongong then a 5 minute walk
  • Car: 5 minute drive north of Wollongong 

Car parking: Yes

Disabled and pram access: Yes

Nowra

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Nowra Child and Family Health Centre

Address: 5-7 Lawrence Avenue, NOWRA NSW 2541          

Phone:

02 4294 4568

Opening hours: Monday to Friday, 8.30am to 5.00pm

How to get there:

  • Public transit: closest bus stop is Nowra Bus Terminal then a 3 minute walk
  • Car: 55 minute drive south of Wollongong

Car parking: Yes

Disabled and pram access: Yes

Oak Flats

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Oak Flats Child and Family Health Centre

Address: 44 Fisher Street, OAK FLATS NSW 2527

Phone:

02 4223 8660

Opening hours: Monday to Friday, 8.30am to 5.00pm

How to get there:

  • Public transit: closest bus stop is Central Avenue after Fisher Street then a 1 minute walk
  • Car: 10 minute drive west of Shellharbour

Car parking: Yes

Disabled and pram access: Yes

St Georges Basin

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St Georges Basin Child and Family Health Centre

Address: 21 Meriton Street, ST GEORGES BASIN NSW 2540

Phone:

02 4443 7646

Opening hours: Monday to Friday, 8.30am to 5.00pm

How to get there:

  • Public transit: closest bus stop is St Georges Basin shops then a 10 minute walk
  • Car: 5 minute drive west of Sanctuary Point 

Car parking: Yes

Disabled and pram access: Yes

Sussex Inlet

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Sussex Inlet Child and Family Health Centre

Address: Sussex Inlet Community Health Centre, Corner Jacobs Drive and Neilsons Road, SUSSEX INLET NSW 2540

Phone:

02 4424 6460

Opening hours: Monday to Friday, 8.30am to 5.00pm

How to get there:

  • Public transit: closest bus stop is River Road at Jacobs Drive then a 3 minute walk
  • Car: 20 minute drive south of St Georges Basin   

Car parking: Yes

Disabled and pram access: Yes

Thirroul

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Thirroul Child and Family Health Centre

Address: Thirroul Public Library, 352-358 Lawrence Hargrave Drive, THIRROUL NSW 2515

Phone:

02 4252 9610

Opening hours: Tuesday - Wednesday and alternate Fridays, 8.30am to 5.00pm

How to get there:

  • Public transit: closest bus stop is Thirroul Library, Lawrence Hargrave Drive then a 1 minute walk
  • Train: Thirroul Train Station, Station Street then a 2 min walk
  • Car: 20 minute drive north of Wollongong

Car parking: Yes

Disabled and pram access: Yes

Ulladulla

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Ulladulla Child and Family Health Centre

Address: Corner South Street and Princes Highway, ULLADULLA NSW 2539

Phone:

02 4455 9999

Opening hours: Monday to Friday, 8.30am to 5.00pm

How to get there:

  • Public transit: closest bus stop is Princes Highway after Wasson Street then a 2 minute walk
  • Car: 50 minutes south of Nowra 

Car parking: Yes

Disabled and pram access: Yes

Warilla

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Warilla Child and Family Centre

Address: 4 Belfast Avenue, WARILLA NSW 252

Phone:

02 4223 8660

Opening hours: Monday to Friday, 8.30am to 5.00pm

How to get there:

  • Public transit: closest bus stop is Lake Entrance Road then 1 minute walk
  • Car: 7 minute drive north of Shellharbour     

Car parking: Yes

Disabled and pram access: Yes

Wollongong

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Wollongong Child and Family Centre

Address: Unit 28-29, Piccadilly Centre, 341-349 Crown Street, WOLLONGONG NSW 2500

Phone:

02 4227 3623

Opening hours: Monday to Friday, 8.30am to 5.00pm

How to get there:

  • Public transit: closest bus stop is Crown Street then 1 minute walk
  • Train Station: Wollongong – 3 minute walk

Car parking: Yes

Disabled and pram access: Yes

Woonona

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Woonona Child and Family Centre

Address: 7 Ball Street, WOONONA NSW 2517

Phone:

02 4255 8706

Opening hours: Monday to Friday, 8.30am to 5.00pm

How to get there:

  • Public transit: closest bus stop is Princes Highway before Hillcrest Ave then 1 minute walk through park
  • Car: 17 minute drive north of Wollongong 

Car parking: Yes

Disabled and pram access: Yes

Wreck Bay

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Wreck Bay Child and Family Centre

Address:  7 Top Street, WRECK BAY NSW 2540

Phone:

02 4423 9900

Opening hours: Monday to Friday, 8.30am to 5.00pm

How to get there:

Car: 6 minute drive south of Jervis Bay Village

Car parking: Yes

Disabled and pram access: Yes

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