National Framework for Universal Child and Family Health Services

3.6 The role of universal child and family health services

Page last updated: 20 May 2013

Universal child and family health services work in partnership with families and in collaboration with other services to:

  • Promote the parent/child relationship.
  • Promote parental social and emotional wellbeing with detection of social and emotional distress and mental health problems known to impact on parenting (e.g. Post Natal Depression).
  • Conduct developmental surveillance and health monitoring of children birth to eight years years of age.
  • Deliver health promotion activities including primary prevention strategies (e.g. immunisation), health education (e.g. SIDS prevention), anticipatory guidance (infant’s tired signs), parenting skill development (toddler behaviour) and provide support for parents (reassurance, normalisation of child behaviour).
  • Respond to identified needs by providing short- or long-term interventions appropriate to the service context, and/or timely and appropriate referral to other services.
  • Participate in community capacity building activities in response to local needs such as parenting groups or local projects focused on child and family-friendly communities.
  • Work collaboratively with other professionals and services to ensure children transition to school with the basic skills for life and learning.