Promoting health and wellbeing
Good health and wellbeing are essential for all children. The following links to information and programs provide details on ways that you can positively influence your child's eating and physical activity levels as well as manage the challenges of raising healthy children.
Raising Children Network
Raising Children Network is a website that provides parenting information for all Australians who care for children.
The website offers up-to-date, research-based material covering newborns (0 - 3 months), babies (3 - 12 months), toddlers (1 - 3 years), pre-schoolers (3 - 5 years), school-age children and teenagers.
- child development
- nutrition and fitness
- play and learning
- connecting and communicating
For more information, please visit the Raising Children Network website.
KidsMatter aims to improve the mental health and wellbeing of children, reduce mental health problems among children and achieve greater support for children (and their families) experiencing mental health difficulties. It includes - KidsMatter Early Childhood, designed for implementation in preschools and long day care; and KidsMatter Primary Schools, designed for implementation in Australian primary schools. Each initiative involves the people who have a significant influence on children's lives - parents, carers, families, child care professionals, teachers and community groups - in making a positive difference for children's mental health.
For more information, please visit the KidsMatter website.
Cybersmart provides activities, resources and practical advice to help children, young people and parents safely enjoy the online world. Cybersmart also offers training and resources for schools and materials for teachers and library staff. Cybersmart is a national cybersafety and cybersecurity education program managed by the Australian Communications and Media Authority.
For more information, please visit the Cybersmart website.
Student Wellbeing Hub
The Student Wellbeing Hub is a one-stop shop for information and resources on strategies to build and sustain the wellbeing of the whole school community.
The Student Wellbeing Hub is underpinned by the National Safe Schools Framework (NSSF) which aims to ensure that all Australian schools are safe, supportive and respectful teaching and learning communities that promote student wellbeing.
Educators will find a range of classroom resources, as well as professional learning modules and support materials for developing programs that promote the resilience and skills students need to make positive choices as they navigate their school years.
Parents will find advice and information to help them support their child, build positive communication with their child’s school and contribute actively to the wider school community.
Students will find age-appropriate information, advice and games that build their understanding of topics and issues important to their wellbeing at school and beyond.
The Student Wellbeing Hub is funded by the Australian Government, working in partnership with state and territory governments, the non-government school sectors and Education Services Australia.
For more information, please visit the Student Wellbeing Hub.
Healthy Kids Check
The aim of the Healthy Kids Check is to ensure every four-year-old child in Australia has a basic health check to see if they are healthy, fit and ready to learn when they start school. The Healthy Kids Check will promote early detection of lifestyle risk factors, delayed development and illness and introduce guidance for healthy lifestyles and early intervention strategies.
The Healthy Kids Check will take place at, or around, the same time as the four-year-old immunisation. This initiative is managed by the Department of Health.
For more information, please visit the Healthy Kids Check website.
Working together for a Healthy Active Australia.
This website provides access to practical information and updates, news for families, parents, teenagers, children and their carers and older Australians on healthy eating, regular physical activity, overweight and obesity - particularly for children and adolescents - and active living. This website is managed by the Department of Health.
For information about the Healthy Active Australia initiative, please visit the Healthy and Active Australia website.
The Healthdirect website aims to improve the health and wellbeing of all Australians by providing easy access to quality health information and services.
For more information please visit the Healthdirect website.
Kidsafe is the leading non-government, not-for-profit charitable organisation, dedicated to preventing unintentional childhood injuries and reducing the resulting deaths and disabilities associated injuries in children under the age of 15.
For more information, please visit the Kidsafe website.
Australian Hearing is one of the largest hearing service providers in the world with a reputation for innovation and world-leading practices. Australian Hearing is dedicated to help people manage their hearing impairment so they have a better quality of life. It provides a full range of hearing services for children and young people up to the age of 21 and eligible adults.
For more information about Australian Hearing, as well as a range of links to other hearing-related sites, visit the Australian Hearing website.
The Immunise Australia Program provides information about childhood and adolescent immunisation and eligibility for government benefits. For information about immunisation for children, visit the Immunise Australia website. The Department of Human Services website provides information about the immunisation requirements that must be met in order to be eligible for Child Care Benefit.
For more information, visit the Department of Human Services - Immunisation requirements.
*On 12 April 2015, the Prime Minister, the Hon Tony Abbott MP and the Minister for Social Services, the Hon Scott Morrison MP, jointly announced that the Australian Government is reinforcing the importance of immunisation and protecting public health by strengthening the immunisation requirements for children. Under the No Jab No Pay legislation, from 1 January 2016, parents must ensure their children meet the immunisation requirements which now apply for all children up to the age of 19, in order to be eligible for Child Care Benefit, including for Registered Care. The changes means that a child must be fully immunised, or on a catch-up schedule or have a valid exemption in order to receive these payments.
Conscientious objection is no longer an exemption category, however it is important to note that children with a recognised medical exemption (verified by a General Practitioner) such as medical contraindication, natural immunity or participation in a recognised vaccine study will continue to be exempt from the requirements.
Medicare provides all Australians with affordable, accessible and high quality health care. Medicare gives you access to:
- free or subsidised treatment by health professionals such as doctors, specialists, optometrists, dentists and other allied health practitioners (in special circumstances only)
- free treatment and accommodation as a public (Medicare) patient in a public hospital
- 75 per cent of the Medicare Schedule fee for services and procedures if you are a private patient in a public or private hospital (does not include hospital accommodation and items such as theatre fees and medicines).
For more information, please visit the Department of Human Services website.