Community Child Health Program

Community child health nurses support all families with young children.

We provide a range of important free services to support families to raise happy, healthy children. We offer health and development assessments and screening, immunisation advice and support to families with young children.

All families in Western Australia are offered:

The Purple Book health checks are at:

  • 0-14 days
  • 8 weeks
  • 4 months
  • 12 months
  • 2 years
  • starting school (usually kindergarten).

It’s important that you see the community child health nurse at these key ages to check your child’s health and development.

How can I make a Purple Book appointment?

If you’ve just had your baby, a community child health nurse will contact you to arrange your first appointment.

This appointment will probably be at your home before your baby is 14 days old.

The nurse will also book in your 8 week appointment during this visit.

Perth metropolitan area

If you live in the Perth metropolitan area and your child is due for a Purple Book health check, you can make an appointment up to 8 weeks in advance. Simply call 1300 749 869 or register for an appointment.

Regional WA

If you live in country WA you can make and reschedule appointments by calling your local child or community health centre.

If you had your baby in Perth and plan to stay for a few days after you leave hospital, please contact our visiting community child health nurse service on 0406 463 506 to make your 0-14 days appointment, or check that the hospital has made it on your behalf.

Feedback about the Child Health Program

We are committed to providing a quality service and welcome your feedback and suggestions. You can tell a staff member at your next visit or fill in our online feedback form:

You can also see what others are saying and share your story on Patient Opinion (external site).

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Last reviewed: 02-09-2021

Child and Adolescent Health Service – Community Health (CAHS CH)

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