In a life threatening emergency dial Triple Zero (000)


Our Maternal and Child Health (MACH) service cares for children (up to 5 years) and supports parents/carers with information and health advice for maternal and child health and development, breastfeeding and emotional wellbeing concerns.

Our nurses are Registered Nurses/ Midwifes and hold additional qualifications in maternal, child and family health.

Maternal and Child Health (MACH) services

Supports parents/carers with information and advice about breastfeeding.

Immunisation for babies and children under six years of age

Support for early pregnancy, maternal and child health, breastfeeding and parenting concerns.

First home visits for all ACT families with a newborn baby.

Health checks, information and support on a range of parenting issues.

A four-week program run by our Maternal and Child Health (MACH) nurses.

Provides information on infant behaviour and development, infant cue-based care to support feeding, play, sleep and settling.

Other services and clinics

Provides assessment and treatment for adolescents aged 13-18 years with moderate to severe mental illness who experience barriers to accessing mainstream services.

Cares for and treats people with allergies.

A day program for young people who have moderate to severe mental health issues which impacts their ability to attend school.

Provides assessment and treatment for children and young people, who are experiencing moderate to severe mental health difficulties.

Assesses children and young people who visit our Emergency Department with mental health vulnerabilities.

Provides medical and counselling support for children and their families where there are concerns of child abuse and neglect.

School-based early intervention program for children beginning to display some behavioural or mental health concerns

Provides children, young people and their families with education and support to manage their asthma

A secondary vision screening service for children from birth to 6 years.

Provides a full hearing assessment for children aged 18 months to 18 years.

Cares for children aged between 0 – 16 with behavioural concerns, developmental concerns, or disability.

A range of dental services to eligible children and young people.

Cares for and treats people with problems relating to their skin, hair, and nails.

Provides care to help treat and educate adults and adolescents with all types of diabetes.

Help for parents and families experiencing emotional, social and psychological difficulties.

Learn about having a baby in the public hospital system in Canberra.

Provides treatment and management to adults with general endocrinology conditions.

Reviews and manages newly identified fractures.

Counselling for people with medical problems that may be caused by genes.

The Child and Adolescent Immunisation Team visit all high schools in the ACT to administer the High School Vaccination Program.

Cares for and treats people with autoimmune, autoinflammatory and immune deficiency illnesses.

All children are offered a Kindergarten Health Check in their first year of primary school.

Assessment, information, early intervention and prevention for people who have given birth in the previous 12 months, and infants under 12 months.

Assessment, advice and support for parents of high-risk newborns and infants with additional needs who've been in NICU or SCN

Provides hearing tests for babies born or living in the ACT.

Monitors the long-term growth and development of babies at risk who have required Neonatal Intensive Care.

Cares for and treats people with a wide range of medical conditions, from newborns to teenagers.

Provides care and treatment for children and teenagers with diabetes

Provides care and treatment for infants, children and teenagers with hormonal problems.

Provides care and treatment for babies, children and teenagers with problems affecting the digestive system and liver.

Provides physiotherapy for babies, children and adolescents.

Provides care, diagnosis and treatment for babies, children and teenagers with problems affecting the lungs and breathing.

Provides care and treatment for babies, children and teenagers with problems affecting their sleep.

Cares for and treats people with a wide range of conditions which may require surgery, from newborns to teenagers.

Provides age-appropriate play therapy for children and young people at the Centenary Hospital for Women and Children.

For babies who require a medical review, or follow-up.

Cares for and treats people with problems relating to joints, muscles, bones, and the immune system.

Provides young people with access to a health professional in the school setting.

For families with children aged 4 to 12 years who are overweight or obese.

Provides support and treatment for young people experiencing their first episode of psychosis, or at ultra-high risk of developing psychosis.

Provides free nutrition advice for children, young people, pregnant women, and women in the first two years after birth.

Support when your baby is crying

When a baby starts to cry, and you feel your emotions rise, it’s time to take a break.

Try using calming exercises or put your baby down, close your eyes and take long, deep breaths.

Keep your baby monitor close and check in on your baby with a quick visit every 10 to 15 minutes or until you feel calm enough to pick them up.

If this doesn’t work, reach out and call someone you feel comfortable talking to.

You can also try using some of the relaxation methods below:

  • listen to music
  • take a warm bath
  • exercise
  • watch TV
  • continue with your usual routines
  • talk to someone
  • remember to laugh often
  • sleep when your baby sleeps

Contact MACH through Central Health Intake, speak to your GP or visit the Period of Purple Crying website.

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In the case of a life threatening emergency, dial Triple Zero (000).

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Contact Canberra Health Services

(02) 5124 0000

The switchboard handles all calls to, from and within the hospital 24 hours/seven days a week

International callers
+61 (2) 5124 0000