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Australind reaps the benefits of child health services

By Kevin Kelly

Youngsters attending Kingston Primary School have been reaping the benefits of new child health nurse services, which have already delivered a number of advantages to pupils and their parents.

The initiative has been going for less than a year, but it's proved a big hit among owners of real estate in Australind with children at the school.

Health minister Kim Hames explained how the service carried out 240 development checks, as well as nearly 200 perinatal anxiety and depression screenings.

Staff also perform checks on youngsters when they are ten days old, followed by six to eight weeks, three months, eight months, 18 months and beyond, right up to being three to four years of age.

Additionally, parents can receive support through drop-in clinics, parenting groups and even a seminar series, helping people to become closer with their local community.

Not only this, links have been established with the existing playgroup at Kingston Primary School, which has likewise proved a success.

"This initiative was part of the $58.5 million 2012-13 state budget commitment to improve child health by making services easier to access and adding 100 more child health nurses across metropolitan and country Western Australia over four years," said Mr Hames.

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