ACT Health provides quality maternity services

Coughs, colds, sprains, rashes - your local pharmacist can give you expert advice on many health issues.

For free expert advice and reassurance 24 hours a day, seven days a week, call healthdirect on 1800 022 222, or for the one-off treatment of minor illnesses and injuries seven days a week from 7am-11pm, see a specialist nurse at our Walk-in centre.

For ongoing comprehensive healthcare for everyone, including those with acute problems, children under two years and those with complex medical problems, see this listing of GP's by suburb. If you or your family need a doctor on a weeknight, weekend or public holiday, you can also call the National Home Doctor Service.

For serious illness or injury requiring urgent attention, call 000 or go to your local hospital Emergency Department.

Maternity services A-Z

Health Directorate has produced these fact sheets for expectant mothers and health professionals attending to their care. They contain important information, including preconception information, antenatal tests for abnormalities, induction of labour, miscarriage, vaginal birth after caesarian, and what to bring to hospital.

The Australian Breastfeeding Association (ABA) is an organisation of people interested in the promotion and protection of breastfeeding. An informative site for breastfeeding women, their partners, doctors, lactation consultants and midwives.

Community Health provides support for you and your newborn baby right through to your child's early years through services such as our Child Health Clinics. For appointments and information regarding these services phone Community Health Intake on (02) 6207 9977 between 8am and 5pm weekdays. Most of these services are free.

Health Directorate provides breastfeeding advice and support to all families with children in the ACT through the Maternal and Child Health Service. Call Community Health Intake on (02) 6207 9977 between 8am and 5pm weekdays. For after hours assistance call healthdirect on 1800 022 222 (TTY Users 6207 7770).

The overall aim of the framework is to identify strategies to increase the number of infants from birth to six months being exclusively breastfed, and to encourage ongoing breastfeeding with complimentary foods until at least 12 months of age and beyond.

The Bub Hub is an online, fully searchable, directory of local pregnancy and parenting information, shops and services that lists over 3,000 Australian businesses and organisations.

Canberra Fertility Centre is committed to providing the most technologically advanced Assisted Reproductive Technology services in a caring, supportive environment. Our mission is to offer every patient the very best chance for a successful pregnancy and healthy baby.

Canberra's biggest public hospital provides a comprehensive maternity and neonatal service to residents of the ACT and surrounding region. Here you'll find a comprehensive overview of the services offered - phone us on (02) 6244 2222.

The Canberra Midwifery Program is based in the Birth Centre on the ground floor of the Maternity Unit at Canberra Hospital. Women may be referred by their GP or refer themselves. As there is often a waiting list it is recommended that you book on as early as possible. If you would like to know more about the program there is an information session on Wednesdays from 11.30 - 12.30 in the Birth Centre or you can call us on (02) 6244 3145.

Health Directorate offers child health checks through Community Health child health clinics in south, north and central Canberra, and home visits by Maternal & Child Health nurses. Child health checks at key developmental ages promote optimum growth, development and well-being of your child and family. Call Community Health Intake on (02) 6207 9977 between 8am and 5pm weekdays.

Health Directorate provides support for you and your newborn baby right through to your child's early years through our Child Health Clinics. ACT Health recommends bookings for Child health checks at key developmental ages as specified in the childs Personal Health Record (PHR Blue Book). Phone Community Health Intake on (02) 6207 9977 between 8am and 5pm weekdays. For counselling, assistance and parenting advice after hours, call healthdirect on 1800 022 222.

The role of the Australian Government's Child Support Agency is to support separated parents to transfer payments for the benefit of their children.

For a free service providing referrals, information and advice to children, young people and families in Canberra phone 1800 647 831 9am-9pm 7 days a week, excluding public holidays.

These Maternal and Child Health (MACH) clinics provide opportunities for you to gain information, support, advice and education relevant to caring for your child. No appointment is needed for brief 15-20 minute consultations at these locations. Pre-booked longer appointments are also available.

SIDS and Kids ACT will host an Early Pregnancy Loss support group on the third Thursday of the month commencing May 2008. Call SIDS and Kids ACT on (02) 6287 4255 for more information.

The Australian Government's Family Assistance Office gives Australian families better access to government services. Instead of going to different agencies to get family assistance, families can get all their payments from just one place.

Red Cross first aid training courses are held on Level 1, Brindabella Specialist Centre Cnr Hindmarsh Drive & Palmer Sts in Garran. See this course schedule for more information, call 1300 367 428 or email:

St John holds regular 'Caring for Kids' first aid courses at the St John Ambulance Australia ACT Training Centre in Deakin. Money raised from their training is used to support volunteer community endeavours. Contact St John Ambulance Australia (ACT) on (02) 6282 2399 for details.

This booklet will help you with practical, easy to follow information about introducing solid food to your baby and then progressing towards family meals. Please wait while the PDF downloads.

A healthy pregnancy is important for you and your baby. This booklet gives you the facts about healthy eating during your pregnancy. Even though your eating for two there's no need to eat twice as much. Its the quality not the quantity of food that matters.

This boolet gives you all the facts about staying healthy while breastfeeding. Breastfeeding mothers need extra energy (kilojoules) and nutrients for making breastmilk. Many vitamins and minerals in your diet transfer into the breastmilk. That’s why eating well is important to provide the right nutrition for both yourself
and your baby.

Lab Tests Online Au is a free web site where patients and their carers can find trustworthy and accurate information about the range of pathology tests and screens that are used to diagnose and monitor conditions and diseases.

Being medicinewise will help you make better health decisions for you and those you care for. We all take medicines, but too often we take them for granted. Being medicinewise will help you to get the most benefit from your medicines.

Mental Health ACT provides specialist treatment and support to those people experiencing a moderate to severe mental illness. This support requires co-operation with other community agencies to ensure that the individual needs of the client are met. An extensive range of government and non-government bodies provide support services to those with mental health needs in the ACT region. Call Mental Health ACT on 132281 or the Crisis Assessment and Treatment (CATT) Team on 1800 629 354 (24 hour service), or 6205 1065.

The Canberra Midwifery Program is based at the Birth Centre on the ground floor of the Maternity Unit at Canberra Hospital. Canberra Midwifery Program midwives work with women to create an environment that fosters the natural process of childbirth that is responsive to the needs of women and their babies.

NAPCAN provides parenting brochures, training, support networks and information. NAPCAN has also produced a Safe Sleeping Chart that can be hung above a cot and provides a constant reminder of safe sleeping practices, and gives guidelines for appropriate bedding and sleeping clothing. To obtain a chart for a gold coin donation phone NAPCAN on (02) 6247 8060 or email:

Here you'll find the latest ACT Health guidance on nutrition issues. See the Australian Dietary Guidelines for sound general nutrition advice and our information for new mothers and also our listing of publications and upcoming free nutrition courses in your local area.

This South Australian parenting and child health website is an excellent resource for parents and caregivers on everything related to the health and development of your child.

Community Health provides support for you and your newborn baby right through to your child's early years through services such as our Child Health Clinics. For appointments and information regarding these services phone Community Health Intake on 6207 9977 between 8am to 5pm weekdays. Most of these services are free.

Through its ParentLink guides, parentLink provides useful information and suggestions on how to manage a wide range of parenting challenges. The guides have been developed from research in conjunction with appropriate experts and represent a valuable information source. You can order parent guides and other publications online at the parentLink website.

Call PANDSI for post and antenatal depression support and information on (02) 6232 6664 9am - 3pm Monday to Thursday.

For free and professional confidential counselling in relation to pregnancy testing, unplanned pregnancy, post-abortion concerns, pregnancy support, pregnancy loss and adoption, call the national Pregnancy Helpline on toll free 1300 139 313.

The Australian Government's pregnancy, birth & Baby Helpline is a free support service available 24-hours-a-day, seven-days-a-week to provide you with general information about pregnancy, birthing, post-natal care, and parenting in the first 12 months. You can call the helpline on 1800 882 436.

Canberra Mothercraft Society's QEII Family Centre provides a residential program for families with young children (0-3 yrs) experiencing difficulties in the postnatal and early childhood periods. For families with complex lactation and other feeding problems, failure to thrive, unsettled babies, Post Natal Depression, Child at Risk, special needs, parenting support, behavioural problems in children/families. Call the Community Health Intake line on (02) 6207 9977 8am to 5pm weekdays.

This Australian Government website provides information that can help parents and other carers with the day-to-day decisions that surround raising children. The creators believe that positive outcomes for children across a range of areas can be achieved when parents have access to information based on the best science in parenting, child health and development.

SIDS and Kids Safe Sleeping gives important information about the evidence around SIDS risk reduction and sleep accidents. Since it's inception in the early 1990's, the campaign has saved the lives of over 4,500 Australian babies.

For information and assistance regarding sleep for your baby or child, information sessions are available for children aged 0-3 mths through Early Days; Age 3-8 mths; Age 9-18 mths, and Age 19 mths–3 years.

This website provides you with the most important information you'll need to help you better understand fertility, infertility and the treatments available to you at Sydney IVF.

Health Directorate provides a vision screening service for children from birth to 6 years if issues are raised following an initial Maternal & Child Health vision screen. Call Community Health Intake on (02) 6207 9977 between 8am and 5pm weekdays.

This information is provided for advice only, but does not constitute endorsement of these services.