Getting regular health checks

See your local doctor or child and family health centre if your child is sick, injured, or if you have any concerns about their wellbeing.

You can also call healthdirect on 1800 022 222 for 24-hour non-urgent health advice from registered nurses.

In NSW, the free personal health record book you get when your child is born is known as the blue book. It’s also available online in English and 18 other languages.

This is your child’s main health record from when they are born until they start school. You should take the blue book with you to any health checks or medical appointments.

Health checks

It’s important for your child to attend regular health checks with your doctor or a child and family health nurse.

After your child turns 1 year old, their health and development is usually checked at:

  • 18 months
  • 2 years
  • 3 years
  • 4 years.

If you're getting an income support payment

Your child will need to have a healthy start for school health check if:

  • they are turning 4
  • you or your partner get the Family Tax Benefit Part A as well as an income support payment.

If this applies to your situation, you'll have to:

  • take your child for their usual health check between the ages of 3 and 4
  • let Centrelink know that the health check has been completed before your child turns 5.

If you do not, your Family Tax Benefit Part A payment may be reduced.

Eye tests

The Statewide Eyesight Preschooler Screening program offers free vision tests to all children aged 4.

Testing is usually done through preschools and child care centres. 

You can also book a test through your local StEPS coordinator.

Child and family health centres

Child and family health centres offer parents and carers in NSW free access to:

  • health, development and wellbeing checks for their child
  • support, education and information on all topics related to parenting.

    Building Strong Foundations for Aboriginal children, families and communities

    The Building Strong Foundations service is provided by teams of Aboriginal health workers and child and family health nurses to:

    • provide culturally safe child and family health services
    • support the health, growth and development of Aboriginal children from birth to school entry age.