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A welcome from the Chief Executive

Welcome to healthy families healthy children, a healthy new website for the new year for families and children in Sydney Local Health District.

The new year brings a fresh new initiative from Sydney Local Health District for families and children. We’re launching a new website - healthy families healthy children (

The aim, according to Sydney Local Health District Chief Executive, Dr Teresa Anderson, is to have a website that links families living in the District (and beyond) with the health services and resources that are available to them in a user friendly, helpful space.

“We all try to do the best we can for our families and our children - whether it is trying to help our children in their development, or eating right or being active,” Dr Anderson says.

“We have so many leading experts and access to so much useful information on how to live healthy lives, that we wanted to try to help people by having one place where we can link our community to all of our services for families and children.”

Sydney Local Health District plans for the health and wellbeing of people living in Sydney’s inner west. It is one of the most culturally, socially and economically diverse areas in Sydney. And, it is growing fast.

Right now we provide healthcare to almost 700,000 people living within Sydney’s inner west.

99,000 are children.

We’re planning for another 35,000 children growing up in our community within 15 years. Last year in Sydney Local Health District families welcomed around 9000 new babies. 

“It is so important that we focus on making sure the next generation is growing up healthy - and able to have wonderful fulfilling lives,” Dr Anderson says.

“Welcome to healthy families healthy children.”

“There are lots of things we can do as part of our everyday lives to be healthy. We’d like to hear from as many families as possible about the ways they incorporate healthy into their lives,” Dr Anderson says.

“That’s why we’ve started the ‘what makes healthy’ campaign. This year, we’re also asking our community their ideas for being healthy.”

“We also want to make sure that when families need help, they know how to access our services,” Dr Anderson says.

Our Child Health Information Link is a special telephone access line - which is available to anyone looking after children in Sydney Local Health District.

“I like the fact that it is called ‘CHIL’,” says Dr Anderson. “If you are worried about your child’s development, you can call the access line and our health professionals will be able to help direct you to the right health service,” she says.

CHIL is available Monday to Friday - 8.30am - 4pm.


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