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About the program

Welcome to the Well Child Health program. This online learning resource is for primary healthcare professionals caring for families with children aged between 0-5 years.

The focus of the program is to provide support and online training about the comprehensive use of the child Personal Health Record (cPHR) for health and developmental surveillance for all children (child health checks) under the age of five.

Monitoring of health, growth and development of children in early childhood is widely accepted and considered an important indicator of future health outcomes.

Well Child Health Modules imageThe Well Child Health program

Five eLearning modules make up the program:

  1. Examination of the infant and young child
  2. Screening for hearing, vision and growth
  3. Anticipatory guidance – topics for discussion with parents
  4. Developmental surveillance – how to do it quickly and easily
  5. Putting it all together - how to do it in a busy clinic setting


The modules are short and each one should take you around an hour to complete. They are designed with busy professionals in mind - you can sign in and out as you need to. The modules offer online activities and quizzes to test your knowledge.

The modules can also be used as part of a blended learning environment or as a refresher or update on child health checks. We have included competency checklists as well as information for further learning.

The information from this resource can be applied in various clinical settings, in different states or countries, as there are many similarities within each early childhood surveillance program.

This program is funded by Sydney Local Health District, one of the leading public health districts in NSW. It has been developed by Community Paediatric Services within the District’s Community Health, Child and Family Services.

Expert advisory team:

This program has been written and edited by a team of healthcare providers and educators and peer reviewed by experts within each discipline.

Dr Katherine Todd Catherine Llewellyn Dr Sue Woolfenden Dr Marisa Magiros
Dr Katherine Todd
Public Health registrar

Community Paediatric Services
Sydney Local Health District

Catherine Llewellyn
Clinical Nurse Educator
Child and Family Health Nursing
Sydney Local Health District
Dr Sue Woolfenden
Consultant Community Paediatrician
Sydney Children's Hospital &
Associate Senior Lecturer
University New South Wales
Dr Marisa Magiros
General Practitioner
Southwest Sydney &
Senior GP Medical Educator
GP Synergy
Dr Simone Craig Nicola Brown Karen Booth Dr Natalie Ong
Dr Simone Craig
General Practitioner & Child,
Youth and Family Medical Officer
Community Paediatrics Services
Sydney Local Health District
Nicola Brown
Nurse Manager, Education
Professional Practice and Innovation Centre
Tresillian Family Care Centres
Karen Booth
Senior registered nurse & consultant
President Australian Primary Health Care Nurses  Association
Dr Natalie Ong
Developmental &
Community Paediatrician
Community Paediatric Services
Sydney Local Health District
Dr Lydia So Dr Jonathan Nguyen    
Dr Lydia So
Developmental Fellow,
Community Paediatric Services
Sydney Local Health District
Dr Jonathan Nguyen
Community Paediatric Registrar
Community Paediatric Services
Sydney Local Health District

2022 working group for the Well Child Health program:

- Dr Jonathan Nguyen, Staff Specialist, General Paediatrics, Sydney Children's Hospitals Network, Sydney Local Health District affiliate
- Dr Natalie Ong, Senior Staff Specialist, Child Development Unit, Sydney Children’s Hospitals Network, Sydney Local Health District affiliate
- Dr Tamara Morris, Career Medical Officer, Community Paediatrics Sydney Local Health District. Research Associate, Population Child Health Research Group UNSW
- Wendy Smith, Clinical Nurse Educator,  Canterbury Child & Family Health Nursing. Sydney Local Health District
- Jennifer Jones, Clinical Nurse Consultant, Croydon Child & Family Health Nursing. Sydney Local Health District Family Partnership Coordinator
- Dr Zenith Lal, General Practitioner, Senior Medical Educator, GP Synergy

We would like to acknowledge our collaborators and supporters NSW Ministry of Health; Sydney Children's Hospitals Network; Central and Eastern Sydney Primary Health Network; Tresillian; Karitane; GP Synergy; Child and Family Nursing Services, Sydney Local Health District; Healthy Homes and Neighbourhoods, Sydney Local Health District; Performance Monitoring Systems Improvement and Innovation Unit, Sydney Local Health District; Web Services and Audio Visual Services, Sydney Local Health District and Strategic Relations and Communication, Sydney Local Health District.