Child/Adolescent Health

Children

Childhood is an important time for healthy development, learning and setting up good habits for their future wellbeing.  Babies grow quickly and develop at different rates so it’s important to see your GP regularly during the first 12 months.  Starting with their 6 week check and continuing as they reach each milestone.

All GP’s are happy to review and provide advice to parents as their children transition through the stages of childhood. 

Common concerns include but are not limited to the following:

Babies:

  • 6-week check
  • Childhood immunisations 
  • Feeding, reflux and teething issues
  • Sleep
  • Growth and development

Immunisations given at 6 weeks, 4 months, 6 months and 12 months.

Children:

  • Allergies
  • Asthma
  • Hearing and speech development checks
  • Vision and eye health
  • Movement and motor development
  • Sleep
  • Nutrition and exercise
  • Learning and social development
  • Behavioural issues
  • Anxiety and mental health

Immunisations given at 18 months and 4 years.  

Adolescence

Adolescence is a special time between childhood and adulthood that is both exiting and confusing, bringing its own unique issues and health challenges.  This is an important time for laying the foundations of good health and developing habits that will last a lifetime.  

Doctors operating out of Health First Medical Group offer age-appropriate advice and guidance to their adolescent patients including but not limited to the following areas:

  • Body image, diet, exercise, eating disorders and obesity.
  • Mental health issues, anxiety, depression and stress
  • Social issues, friendships and bullying
  • Behavioural risk taking, Smoking, vaping, drugs and alcohol
  • Puberty, physical development, and relationships 
  • Identity/ Sexual health
  • Life transitions such as school, university and employment

Year 7 and Year 10 immunisations can be provided if not given at school.

National immunisation schedule:

https://www.health.vic.gov.au/immunisation/immunisation-schedule-victoria-and-vaccine-eligibility-criteria