Children’s Health Services/Resources
Maternal and Child Health
The Maternal and Child Health Service provides free services for child health and development from birth until children reach school age. The service also provides referrals to other professionals and links to local community.
The Royal Children’s Hospital (RCH)
Kids Health Info Fact Sheets provide information for parents and adolescents on medical conditions and services available at RCH hospital to help learn and increase understanding of the child’s medical condition and treatment.
Kids Healthy Info Fact Sheets can be found on
Children’s Mental Health/Sexual Abuse Services
The Royal Children’s Hospital
RCH Mental Health is a public mental health service for children and young people who live in the Western Metropolitan Region of Melbourne and are between 0-15 years of age: For more information go to:
Headspace is the National Youth Mental Health Foundation that assists young people from 12-25 with
- General health
- Mental health and counselling
- Education, employment and other services
- Alcohol and other drug services
The Gatehouse Centre provides sexual abuse/sexual behavioral/crisis support/after hours services for children and young people and their families who reside in the Western metropolitan region and part of the Northern metro region of Melbourne:
Mental Health Resources
The Royal Children’s Hospital
RCH Mental Health Publications, Factsheets, Brochures and useful links can be found on:
KidsMatter is an Australian mental health and wellbeing initiative funded by the Australian Government and Beyondblue. The website contains a range Associated information sheets to help families support children’s mental health, wellbeing and development with practical information and tips, and recognise if and when professional help is needed.
Information sheets can be found on this link:
Panda provides information about antenatal and post-natal depression support.
Reconnect is an early intervention program that aims to prevent youth homelessness among young people aged between 12-18 years that may be caused by family conflict.
Mackillop’s ParentsLink service provides culturally appropriate parent education and support services through groupwork, playgroups and individual sessions aimed at strengthening parent’s relationships with their children and developing their understanding of reasons behind their children’s behaviour and better strategies to respond.
Parentline Victoria provides a statewide counselling service to parents and carers of children from 0-18 years of age:
Tweddle Child and Family Health Service
Tweddle is an intervention and prevention health service with a focus on families in Victoria's north and west
Playgroup Victoria assists all Victorian families discover the benefits of playgroup.
Bringing out the best in your baby- Enjoying your baby’s development in the first twelve months of life
Raising Children Network –
Raising Children Network is an Australian resource for parenting newborns to teens:
Women’s Health West (WHW) is the women’s health service for the western metropolitan region of Melbourne.
Women’s Information Referral Exchange (WIRE) provides Victorian women with free and confidential support, information and referrals on any issues statewide.
Resources for Women
Women’s Health West publishes reports, brochures, fact sheets and training manuals on women’s health and family violence
WHW Safety plan guide for staying safe from violence
Resources for Fathers
Raising Children Network
Engaging Fathers in Child and Family Services publication
Aboriginal Child and Family Services
VACCA is the lead Aboriginal child and family welfare organisation in Victoria, protecting and promoting the rights of Aboriginal children, young people, families and the community: