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This page provides links to a range of national and state child health and wellbeing resources, services and support organisations.

Child protection

ACT for Kids
ACT for Kids, an initiative of the Abused Child Trust, works to treat and prevent child abuse. It provides counselling, intensive therapies and other support to affected children.

Australian Childhood Foundation
This non-profit organisation works to support children and families affected by family violence, abuse and neglect. The website has information on counselling, advocacy and research, as well as training programs for parents and professionals.

Barnardos
This organisation supports children experiencing or at risk of abuse or neglect. The website has information on a range of services and programs to support families and protect children.

Child Abuse Prevention Service (CAPS)
CAPS has a national telephone support line, offers family support and parent and carer education programs to prevent child abuse and neglect. 

Child Wise
Child Wise is an Australian-based international child protection charity that aims to prevent child abuse and promote child safety. It offers information about various forms of child abuse as well as several training programs and a free-call helpline.

Domestic Violence Resource Centre Victoria
The Domestic Violence Resource Centre (Victoria) is a Melbourne-based statewide service that offers a telephone support and referral service. The website has resources, information and advice on family violence and sexual abuse, as well as a national service directory.

National Association for Prevention of Child Abuse and Neglect (NAPCAN)   
This organisation runs a range of programs and education campaigns to prevent child abuse. The website includes downloadable positive parenting resources.

Feeding and nutrition

Anaphylaxis Australia
This is a non-profit organisation that raises awareness of food allergies and provides science-based information and support to people living with anaphylaxis. The website includes links to online training courses for health professionals, teachers and child care workers.

Australian Breastfeeding Association
This organisation promotes breastfeeding and provides support to breastfeeding women. The website has comprehensive information and links to the Lactation Resource Centre for additional resources.

Australian Guide to Healthy Eating
This is the Australian Government’s national food selection guide. It provides information on the amounts and types of food that you need to eat each day good health and wellbeing.

Better Health Channel – Food and nutrition
This website has quality-assured and easy-to-understand information on nutrition and healthy living. It has lots of healthy recipes and cooking tips, including a list of lunch box ideas.

The Butterfly Foundation 
This community-based charitable organisation helps eating disorder sufferers and their carers with financial support, advocacy, awareness campaigns, health promotion and early intervention work. The Foundation offers professional training in primary and secondary schools and supports eating disorder and body image research.

Child and Youth Health – Nutrition
This website has comprehensive information on breastfeeding, bottle-feeding, starting solids and the nutritional value of healthy eating.

Dietitians Association of Australia
This website has useful information on nutrition, including recipes and tips for a healthy diet.

Nutrition Australia
Nutrition Australia promotes optimal health by encouraging food variety and physical activity. Their website has healthy recipes, nutrition resources and fact sheets as well as a video about packing school lunches.

Health

ABC Health and Wellbeing – Health Consumer
This website has guides on aspects of the health system such as finding a GP, saving on medicines, and finding patient support groups. It also has links to current health news and a state-by-state guide to health issues in Australia.

Anaphylaxis Australia
This is a non-profit organisation that raises awareness of food allergies and provides science-based information and support to people living with anaphylaxis. The website includes links to online training courses for health professionals, teachers and child care workers.

Association for the Wellbeing of Children in Healthcare (AWCH)
AWCH is a national organisation advocating for the needs of children, young people and families within the health care system in Australia. This website includes a directory for paediatric support groups and other resources to assist children and their families.

Austprem
Austprem provides information and support for parents and carers of prematurely born babies and children. The website has a discussion forum where parents can share experiences. 

Early Childhood Australia (ECA)  
ECA is the peak national organisation for the early childhood sector. This website has information relating to the education and care of children from 0-8 years.

Health Insite
This website provides a wide range of up-to-date and quality-assessed information on a range of health topics.

Immunise Australia
This is the Australian Government website providing information on childhood immunisation.

Livewire
Livewire provides free, safe and fun online communities for families affected by a serious illness, chronic health condition or disability.

Medicare Australia
Medicare is Australia’s universal health care system, providing access to free or low-cost health care. This website has information on what’s covered by Medicare, how to make claims, medical benefits and other services and assistance schemes. It has information translated into languages other than English.

SIDS and Kids
This organisation works to prevent infant deaths through research and public education. The website has evidence-based information on topics such as safe sleeping as well as links to bereavement support services.

Hospitals

You might also be interested in looking at the MyHospitals website. This Australian Government website offers at-a-glance information on hospitals throughout Australia.

Safety

Australian Council on Children and the Media (ACCM)
ACCM (incorporating Young Media Australia) shares up-to-date information on the relationships between children and all types of media.

Better Health Channel – Safety
This website has quality-assured and easy-to-understand information on furniture, playground equipment, bikes, animals and car and road safety.

Cybersmart
Cybersmart is the Australian Government’s cybersafety and cybersecurity education program. This website has activities, resources and practical advice to help children, teenagers and parents safely enjoy the online world.

Farmsafe Australia
Farmsafe works to raise safety awareness and improve health and safety practices on farms. This website has information and resources for farmers, family members, workers and visitors to farms.

Keep Watch
Keep Watch is a Royal Life Saving Society public education program aimed at preventing drowning deaths of children under five. The website has water safety information and resources as well as details of resuscitation training courses in each Australian state and territory.

Kids and Traffic
The Early Childhood Road Safety Education Program is part of the NSW Roads and Traffic Authority’s (RTA) Youth, Community and Education Program, and is a partnership between the RTA and Macquarie University.

Kidsafe
This is the national website of the Child Accident Prevention Foundation. It has links to the Kidsafe website for each Australian state and territory, where you can find information and resources to help prevent childhood injury.

SIDS and Kids
This organisation works to prevent infant deaths through research and public education. The website has evidence-based information on topics such as safe sleeping as well as links to bereavement support services.

St John Ambulance
St John Ambulance is active in each state and territory in Australia. This website has first aid fact sheets you can print out for your home or work, as well as extensive information on handling emergencies and practical life-saving skills.

SunSmart
This is Cancer Council Australia’s national sun protection website. It has links to the SunSmart website for each state and territory, where you can find information about sun protection and tips to reduce UV radiation and prevent skin cancer.

Sleep 

Australasian Sleep Association
This is the website of the peak scientific body on sleep in Australia and New Zealand. It has links and information about sleep and sleep disorders.

Better Health Channel – Sleep
This website has quality-assured and easy-to-understand information on sleep and sleep-related conditions. It includes a section on teenagers and sleep.

SIDS and Kids
This website has information for health professionals, child care workers, parents, and anyone who cares for babies, about the evidence around SIDS risk reduction and sleep accidents.

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  • Last Updated 28-02-2012
  • Last Reviewed 28-02-2012