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Children’s Services

The Peninsula Health Children’s Services Team also provides NDIS services. Please refer to our NDIS page (insert hyperlink) for further details.

The Peninsula Health Children’s Services Team provides multi-disciplinary services for children with mild to moderate delays. Children living in the City of Frankston or Mornington Peninsula Shire are eligible for our services.  

Where are Peninsula Health Children’s Services available?

The Children’s Services Team is located across four Community Health sites:

  • Frankston Community Health, 2 Hastings Road, Frankston, 3199
  • Hastings Community Health, 185 High Street, Hastings, 3195
  • Rosebud Community Health, 38 Braidwood Avenue, Rosebud, 3939
  • Mornington Community Health, 62 Tanti Avenue, Mornington, 3931
  •  In addition, we provide service from a number of outreach sites across the community

What services are available through the Children’s Services Team?

The Children’s Services Team provides services in the following areas:
Services may be provided individually or as part of a group.

Service options will be discussed with you at your assessment appointment.

How can I refer my child for services?

Parents and caregivers can make direct referrals.  With the caregiver’s permission, from Maternal and Child Health Nurses, GPs, Paediatricians and Kindergarten/Childcare referrals.

Contact our Central Access line on 1300 665 781 to refer your child and book your first appointment.

What will my child’s treatment cost?

Community Health Services charge a fee.  Fees at Peninsula Health Community Health are consistent with all other community health services across the state.
These utilize a tiered fee approach, based on income and a family’s ability to pay. 

The tiered approach includes two tiers:

  • A low fee for low and middle income earners.
  • A cost recovery fee for high income earners. 

It also includes two rates, one for individual treatments and one for group sessions.
Fees are determined at the point of entry, and charged when clients attend the service. 

AUDIOLOGY

Service provided:
The Audiology service offers hearing assessments for children and adolescents. Each appointment involves a hearing assessment and a test of how the middle ear is working.

Age range seen:
Children from 7 months of age and above.

Peninsula Health sites where the service is available:
Frankston Community Health

Where can I find more information?
For more information about Audiology, visit the Audiology Australia website: https://audiology.asn.au/Home

SPEECH PATHOLOGY

Areas of development targeted:
Speech Pathologists may assist children and their families

  • Who are 2 years of age and not yet talking.
  • Who have difficulty following instructions.
  • Who are older than 2 years and have difficulty joining words together to make sentences or tend to use the wrong words.
  • Whose speech is difficult to understand (for example, mixing up or leaving out sounds in words).
  • Who have a husky or strained voice.
  • Who present with a stutter, which interrupts their flow of words.
  • Frequently refuse food or drink.
  • Cough and splutter when eating or drinking.
  • Have difficulty managing a range of food textures.
  • Have difficulty chewing.

Age range seen:
Children aged 6 months to school entry (referrals are accepted up until end of May in the year before the child commences primary school).

Peninsula Health sites where the service is available:
Frankston, Hastings, Rosebud, and Mornington Community Health.

Where can I find more information?
For more information about Speech Pathology, refer to any of the following organisations:

OCCUPATIONAL THERAPY

Areas of development targeted:
Occupational Therapists may assist children and their families where concerns exist around:

  • Unusually high or low levels of activity for age.
  • Being over or under sensitive to sensory input (e.g. touch, light or noise) in a way that impacts on daily life.
  • Delayed fine motor skills, for example:
    • Two years old and not using a spoon to feed self.
    • Three years old and not assisting to dress self.
    • In 4 year old kinder, but not using a consistent hand for fine motor tasks (hand skills), difficulties with drawing, tracing, cutting, or copying.
    • In grade prep, and having difficulties with handwriting and/or pencil grip.

Age range seen:
Referrals can be made up to the end of third term of the child’s first prep year.

Peninsula Health sites where the service is available:
Frankston, Hastings, and Rosebud Community Health.

Where can I find more information?
For more information about Occupational Therapy, visit the Occupational Therapy Australia website: https://www.otaus.com.au/

PHYSIOTHERAPY

Areas of development targeted:
Physiotherapists may assist children and their families where concerns exist around:

  • Baby’s head shape and neck movement (flat spot on head).
  • Unnatural crawling, walking or running styles.
  • Tight neck muscles (reduced movement, head tilting).
  • Late to develop gross motor skills, such as rolling, crawling or walking.
  • Difficulties with climbing on play equipment.
  • Excessive clumsiness for age.
  • Poor balance, coordination and/ or posture.

Age range seen:
Children aged from birth until school entry.

Peninsula Health sites where the service is available:
Frankston, Hastings, and Rosebud Community Health.

Where can I find more information?
For more information about Physiotherapy, visit the Australian Physiotherapy Association website: http://www.physiotherapy.asn.au/APAWCM/Physio_and_You/physio/APAWCM/Physio_and_You/physio.aspx?hkey=25ad06f0-e004-47e5-b894-e0ede69e0fff

DIETETICS

Areas of development targeted:
Dietitians may assist children and their families where concerns exist around:

  • Growth and weight gain.
  • Feeding or eating.
  • Food allergies.

Age range seen:
Children aged from 12 months until 13 years.

Peninsula Health sites where the service is available:
Frankston, Mornington, and Rosebud Community Health.

Where can I find more information?
For more information about Dietetics, visit the Dieticians Association of Australia website: https://daa.asn.au/

PODIATRY

Areas of development targeted:
Podiatrists may assist children and their families where concerns exist around:

  • Pain in the legs or feet
  • Toe walking
  • Excessive in-toe or out-toe walking (pigeon toes/ duck feet)
  • Problems caused by excessive bow-legs, knock knees or flat feet.

Age range seen:
Children aged from 12 months until the end of their prep year. After this, Podiatry services for children can be accessed through the Peninsula Health Podiatry Department.

Peninsula Health sites where the service is available:
Frankston and Hastings Community Health.

Where can I find more information?
For more information about Podiatry, visit the Australian Podiatry Association webpage:https://www.podiatry.org.au/

PSYCHOLOGY for Children

Areas of development targeted:
Psychologists may assist children and their families where concerns exist around:

  • Difficulty interacting with others.
  • Anxiety in social situations.
  • Behaviour that is difficult to control.

Age range seen:
The Children’s Services Team Psychology service is available to children who are presenting with developmental delays.  Access to the service is by referral from a clinician within the Children’s Services Team. Children can be seen between the ages of 12 months and school entry.

If the child is only presenting with behavioural difficulties, Peninsula Health Counselling services can also be accessed (insert link)

Peninsula Health sites where the service is available:
Frankston, Hastings and Rosebud Community Health.

Where can I find more information?
For more information about Psychology, visit the Australian Psychological Society website:
https://www.psychology.org.au/

HEALTHY MOTHERS, HEALTHY BABIES PROGRAM 

The Healthy Mothers, Healthy Babies Program aims to reduce the burden of chronic disease and improve the health and wellbeing of mothers and babies. To achieve this, the program:

  • works to improve access to antenatal, postnatal and other health and human services
  • supports women during their pregnancy
  • delivers health promotion messages that encourage healthy behaviours during and after pregnancy.

The program supports pregnant women who are having difficulty accessing antenatal care or who need extra support because they have greater health risks due to social factors.

 This is a free and confidential service.

 ABORIGINAL HEALTHY START TO LIFE

 This program is part of Peninsula Health’s commitment to Closing the Gap and seeks to make a difference early in life when intervention can make the greatest difference, birth to school age.

 The nurse can help families where any parent identifies their child as Aboriginal and /or Torres Strait Islander

  • Build connections with culture and gathering places
  • Connect you to the universal services you are entitled to like child and family health services, playgroups, kinder and schools
  • Provide useful information on parenting practices that give your child the best start in their development
  • Connect you to practical health, material and other services you may need
  • Assist you to improve your own health so you can better support your child’s health
  • The service is confidential, culturally safe, free and non-judgemental.

SCHOOL READINESS FUNDING

Peninsula Health is pleased to have partnered with the Department of Education and Training (DET) to provide allied health supports to all eligible kindergartens in the Frankston and Mornington Peninsula region, as a part of the government’s School Readiness Funding initiative.   

School Readiness Funding is a permanent and ongoing part of the Victorian kindergarten funding model. It funds programs and supports that build the capacity of kindergarten services, educators and families to support the learning and development outcomes of children. 

The allied health capacity building supports aim to supplement children’s learning and development in three priority areas: 

  • communication (language development),
  • wellbeing (social and emotional),
  • and access and inclusion. 

These supports include:  

  • Speech Pathology 
  • Psychology  
  • Occupational Therapy 

School Readiness Funding will support children in all funded kindergarten services in Victoria from 2021. It will be available in all kindergarten settings, including long day care, and for both three and four-year-old children in funded kindergarten programs in line with the roll-out of two years of funded kindergarten. 

To contact the SRF team at Peninsula Health please email: schoolreadinesspenhealth@phcn.vic.gov.au 

Or call 9784 2729 

To learn more about the School Readiness Funding initiative, please visit: 

https://www.education.vic.gov.au/childhood/providers/funding/Pages/srf.aspx