Community health services (CHSs) in Victoria offer allied health and support services to children and their families. They aim to promote children's positive development, address child health and developmental problems early, and help parents be part of their child's early learning and development.
Services typically provided to children and families include: care coordination, dietetics, family counselling, physiotherapy, psychology, podiatry, occupational therapy and speech pathology. They are available as a single service or as part of a group program.
CHSs also run health promotion activities that target children and their families.
A number of specific programs are funded to ensure that services are more appropriate and accessible to different population groups, including:
- Child Health Teams
- Innovative Health Services for Homeless Youth (IHSHY)
- Healthy Mothers, Healthy Babies
Child health services: Guidelines for the community health program
These child health guidelines set out what is expected of child health services provided through the Community Health Program.
These guidelines complement the overarching Community Health Integrated Program (CHIP) guidelines which aim to improve consistency across the state in planning, program design and service delivery, and to clarify expectations for coordinated service provision. The documents are designed to be used in conjunction with each other, and with other key documents outlining the range of responsibilities and requirements of funded organisations.