Australian Government - Department of Health
A Healthy and Active Australia
A Healthy and Active Australia

Get set for Life - Habits for healthy kids

The Get set 4 Life – habits for healthy kids Guide was developed by the Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation (CSIRO) for the Australian Government. The Guide provides practical information on key areas of health and development such as: healthy eating, regular exercise, speech and language, oral health, skin and sun protection, hygiene and sleep patterns.

The Guide has been developed as an interactive guide that provides practical information to assist parents/carers to interact with their child in developing and reinforcing the importance of establishing healthy life habits. A list of useful resources for parents/carers to obtain further information regarding the health and development of their children is provided at the back of the Guide.

The Guide is now available in 6 community languages – Arabic; Traditional Chinese; Greek; Italian; Spanish and Vietnamese on Enhanced Primary Care Program (EPC) website.

The Get set 4 Life – habits for healthy kids Guide is provided to parents/carers as part of the Healthy Kids Check for all four year old children who are permanently resident in Australia or who are covered by a Reciprocal Health Care Arrangement.

The aim of the Healthy Kids Check is to ensure every four year old child in Australia has a basic health check to see if they are healthy, fit and ready to learn when they start school. The Healthy Kids Check promotes early detection of lifestyle risk factors, delayed development and illness, and introduces guidance for healthy lifestyles and early intervention strategies

The Healthy Kids Check can be undertaken by a medical practitioner, including a GP but not including a specialist or consultant physician, or a practice nurse on behalf of a GP.

For further information on the Get set 4 Life Guide and the Healthy Kids Check go to