They say it takes a village to raise a child. Finding factual and relevant health information for your child and family is no exception! Your Village is a place to identify community resources and organisations that can assist you in your journey as a parent to make informed decisions about your child's health and safety.
Illness Prevention and Treatment
Royal Children's Hospital Melbourne
Over 300 fact sheets providing up to date health information about medical conditions, injuries, as well as Hospital services. Download their app here.
The Melbourne Vaccine Education Centre (MVEC)
This web based initiative is a collaboration between The Royal Children's Hospital and it's campus partners (Murdoch Children's Research Institute and the University of Melbourne) and Monash Health. MVEC provides up to date immunisation information, and aims to address common queries around vaccines. It's a great resource to identify which vaccines are available in addition to what is given through the National Immunisation Program.
The Australasian Society of Clinical Immunology and Allergy
ASCIA has developed a range or online resources and e-training courses that are available at no charge on the ASCIA website. These include e-training courses, anaphylaxis resources, immunodeficiency information, patient information and health professional information. It's a great website for families with children that have allergies, or those worried their children may be at risk. It includes recommendations for introduction of foods.
The Perinatal Anxiety & Depression Australia are a not for profit organisation supporting men and women experiencing antenatal and postnatal anxiety and depression. They have a national hotline, and run a variety of community support groups and initiatives. Their website outlines different conditions, pathways to gain assistance, advice for partners and carers, and brave people sharing their raw and inspiring stories.
Accident Prevention and First Aid
This charitable foundation is dedicated to the prevention of unintentional death, injury and associated disability to children. Since Kidsafe's establishment the number of children in Australia killed by unintentional injury has been halved. Their website contains tips and facts surrounding home safety, water safety, road safety, sports and play and post injury support.
Red Nose is a charity that aims to eradicate sudden or unexpected death in babies and children under five, including SIDS, sudden or unexpected death in infants, stillbirth, and accidental death. Red Nose provides free safe sleeping information to Australian families. This information includes safe wrapping, tummy time, setting up a safe nursery, cot to bed, and evidence-based 6 steps for safe sleeping. Since risk reduction campaigns started in the 1980's, Australia has seen an 85% reduction unexpected deaths in infancy - that is 9,967 precious lives saved. Red Nose also offers bereavement services and counselling for families who have experienced the tragic loss of a baby or child. The website has great information statements that cover common questions like when should I stop wrapping my baby, how warm should their room be, how to position babies with reflux, introducing soft toys, and how much bedding to use.
Victorian Poisons Information Centre
VPIC offer advice about what to do if a person has been poisoned, has overdosed, has made a mistake with medicines or has been bitten/stung by a snake, spider, bee, wasp etc. They offer first aid advice, and may advise you to see a GP, local hospital or call an ambulance. You can call them for anything imaginable a child has ingested, try and have the packaging handy when you call. Their website has great fact sheets on common ingestions, and treatments for specific bites and stings (both on dry land and in the ocean!).