Parenting and child health services
SA Health offers a range of health services for children and young people across South Australia.
Child and Family Health Service
The Child and Family Health Service provides services across South Australia, based on the latest research and best practice. Our services include:
- health services for infants and children 0 to 5 years, with a focus on 0 to 3 years
- feeding, settling, child development support and development checks
- parenting support and information to parents and caregivers
- up to date health information for parents and their children.
To make an appointment find your local Child and Family Health Service.
Paediatric outpatient clinics
There are also clinics at Noarlunga Health Services as an outreach service.
Parenting SA promotes the value of parents and the important role of parenting. It aims to support parents to build their knowledge, skills and confidence.
Parent Easy Guides
Parent Easy Guides (PEGS) are fact sheets with helpful information for parents and carers. You’ll find these guides in most child care centres and community centres.
The Parenting SA website has a directory of parenting groups in South Australia. Parenting SA does not run these courses and suggest that you ask for the qualifications of the leader and the philosophy and values of the agency running the program so that you can decide whether it's suitable for you.
Telephone: 1300 364 100
The Parent Helpline provides telephone information and support for parents of infants and children, 24-hours a day, 7 days a week. The helpline is staffed by qualified staff who provide information based on the latest research. Information provided covers a range of topics including child health, behaviour, nutrition and parenting.
Online health information for parents, teenagers and children
The www.cyh.com website provides a wide range of information on parenting and child health, kid’s health, teen health and young adult health. Managed by the Women’s and Children's Health Network, the evidence-based information covers more than 1,000 topics.
Child Development Services
Children with multiple or severe developmental problems, including global developmental delay, autism and Asperger’s Syndrome can be assessed by a multidisciplinary Children’s Assessment Team at the Flinders Medical Centre.
The Women's and Children's Hospital's Kingsley Fairbridge Child Development Unit provides a team approach to the assessment and management of children whose development is of concern in more than one area, and provides support to their families.
Children's Centres for Early Childhood Development and Parenting are service hubs for parents and children from birth to five years including health services, childcare, preschool, community development activities and family support. SA Health is a key partner in this cross government initiative. There are currently 42 centres across the State with a further five in development. More information is available at Children's Centres.
Child Protection Service
The Women’s and Children’s Hospital, Child Protection Service is provided for families living in northern, western and eastern Adelaide and northern and western country areas. Referrals are provided through Families SA.
The Flinders Medical Centre Child Protection Service is provided for families living in southern metropolitan Adelaide, South East and Riverland areas of South Australia.
Child and Adolescent Mental Health
Child and Adolescent Mental Health (CAMHS) provides mental health services to children and young people up to 18 years and their families who are experiencing emotional, behavioural or psychiatric problems.
Services are provided across a number of locations across South Australia.