Child and Family Health Nurse

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Child and Family Health Nurses provide specialised community nursing services for children and families in their local community, outside of the acute hospital facilities. They are normally based in community health centre and work as members of a larger multidisciplinary team that covers a geographical area.

The role of a child and family health nurse is to support families with children of a young age through home visiting for newborn babies, providing clinics for well child checks, parenting support for issues such as infant feeding and sleep and settling, parenting groups, preschool vision screening and postnatal depression screening for mothers. Developing partnerships with parents, doctors and the local community are important mechanisms for supporting children and families particularly where the families are from diverse cultural backgrounds or are isolated within their communities.

Child and Family Health Nurses will usually require specialist postgraduate qualifications to go along with being a board accredited Registered Nurse or Registered Midwife.