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Healthy families stories and events

Whooping cough warning


Pregnant women and parents of babies and young children are being warned whooping cough cases in New South Wales are on the rise.


Thank You NICU


On any given day in RPA’s Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) and Special Care Nursery around 40 of the hospital’s most vulnerable patients are being cared for.


Make healthy normal


When fast foods, large portions and lots of screen time are common in families, it can be hard to tell what is normal and what is not. Read on to find out how you can make healthy normal for your family.


Sporting legend’s thoughts on health


This years’ Yaralla Festival was a celebration of the warmer weather and outdoor activities that come with Spring. Read on to find out which sporting legend we spoke to on the day about what it means to be healthy.


Bringing services to where you shop


On August 30, we took part in the Child and Family Services Expo at Roselands Shopping Centre. Read on to find out more about the day and how you can be a part of the next one!

Child Care Centre Croydon

Winners of the School Science Project


Sydney Innovation and Research Symposium – a time to celebrate what’s new in health care. From life-saving technologies to community based programs, there was something for everyone this innovation week.


Men's Health Week


This month is Men's Health Week! A whole week to celebrate the health of our fathers, sons, partners, brothers, uncles, nephews, grandfathers and friends. We asked some of the fathers at Sydney Local Health District what they do to keep themselves and their families healthy.

New Child Care Subsidy


Have you heard? The Australian Government is introducing a new Child Care Subsidy from 2 July 2018. Click here to find out what this means for your family.


Mardi Gras celebrations


This year marked the 40 year anniversary of the Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras. The Healthy Families Healthy Children team along with their Sydney Local Health District colleagues and thousands of others celebrated the start to Mardi Gras season in rainbow style!

Mardi Gras celebrations

Continuing to breastfeed


We know breastfeeding provides the best possible start in life for babies but many mums find it hard to continue over time. While any breastfeeding is beneficial, the benefits increase the longer the baby is breastfed. Sydney Local Health District's Clinical Midwife Consultant for lactation and parenting, Carmel Kelly explains some of the problems new mums face when breastfeeding and how to overcome them.

Continuing to breastfeed

Child and Family Health Nursing


Did you know Sydney Local Health District provides a free nursing service for all children from birth until age five? Whether you have a question about your baby’s sleeping or feeding, want advice on child development or anything in between, we're here to help!



The importance of early education


Did you know 90% of a child’s brain development happens before they even start school? This makes the first five years of life very important for early education.


Your family health hotline


Did you know the Child and Family Health Link (CHIL) is your gateway to dozens of Child and Family Health Services in the Sydney Local Health District? Manager, Rachel Walker explains how with one number you can access anything from advice about feeding a newborn to making an appointment to check your child's hearing or vision.


Cutting down on screen time


Spending too much time in front of a TV, smart device or computer can be harmful to a child's development. Sydney Local Health District's experts talk us through the reasons why, and what you can do instead.

The wonders of breastfeeding


We know breastfeeding is the natural way to feed and bond with your baby but the benefits go way beyond that.

The  wonders of breastfeeding

Child Health Information Link


The Child Health Information Link (CHIL) connects parents and carers living in Sydney Local Health District with our services and resources on child health and development.


Is your child talking and listening like they should?


Communication difficulties in children come in many forms.

Is your child talking and listening like they should?

Being healthy in nature


This week we heard about healthy, outdoor activities from Miranda, Aunty of 2 year old Arthur.

Being healthy in nature

Helping happy little minds


We know good mental health is as important as good physical health - but how do we help our kids achieve it? With R U OK? Day happening this month.

Helping happy little minds

A welcome from the Chief Executive


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

Here we speak to the Chief Executive about why healthy families and healthy children are so important to her.

What makes healthy?

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